By TYLER MASON – Associated Press
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Karl-Anthony Towns had 31 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists, Jaden McDaniels scored a season-high 22 points off the bench and the Timberwolves routed the shorthanded Utah Jazz 126 -106 Sunday night.
Towns caught fire in the third quarter, scoring 16 consecutive points as Wolves extended their four-point halftime lead to 17 early in the fourth quarter. McDaniels’ 22 points came on a perfect 9-of-9 shot, including 3-of-3 from deep.
Utah didn’t have much of an answer for Towns. The Wolves big man notched his 10th assist late in the fourth quarter from a 3-point corner from Jordan McLaughlin. It was his second career triple-double.
“The assists obviously come from my teammates, so it’s a credit to them,” Towns said. “They’re the reason it happened tonight.”
Towns’ triple-double was the 37th in Wolves history and the first since Shabazz Napier in 2020. Towns’ other triple-double came against Denver in 2016.
Bojan Bogdanovic scored 23 goals and Mike Conley 22 for Utah, which lost its fifth straight year.
Playing without Donovan Mitchell (concussion) and Rudy Gobert (sprained left calf), the Jazz suffered another setback when veteran forward Joe Ingles left the game in the second quarter with a left knee injury. Ingles’ left leg buckled as he headed for the basket with 5:52 remaining. The Target Center crowd remained silent as Jazz teammates and staff surrounded Ingles.