Story By: Sol Tucker
Photos By: Sol Tucker
From the first three minutes of the game tonight, you knew it was going to be a long night for the Timberwolves as Kristaps Porzingis his first three shots, all three pointers propelling the Wizards to a 9-2 lead. That wasn’t the end of it either, as Porzingis would continue to set the nets on fire and by the time Wes Unseld Jr. pulled him out of the line-up for good, he would leave with a career-high 41 points.
Washington pulled ahead 21-6 early. It was a five-point game after one quarter, but the Wizards pulled away in the second. A 3-pointer by Porzingis capped a 12-0 run that made it 68-44, and his final 3 gave Washington its biggest lead at 73-46.
Porzingis’ previous career high was 40 points when he was with the New York Knicks, against Indiana on Nov. 5, 2017.
‘I just got some great looks at the basket early on. It felt really good out there tonight and everyone felt confident giving me the ball and letting it fly,” said Porzingis.
Kyle Kuzma scored 23 points for the Wizards and Bradley Beal added 22.
Minnesota had no luck getting closer then 5 points and it became even harder once Karl Anthony Towns left the game with an injury.
Karl-Anthony-Towns was helped off the court in the third quarter with a right leg injury.
Towns grabbed at his leg and went down near midcourt. He was helped off without putting weight on the leg, and the team announced that he had a right calf strain.
Here are some of the stats tonight on the career outing by Porzingis.
41 points 12-of-18 FG 4 rebounds 6-of-10 3PT 3 assists 11-of-11 FT 2 steals 3 blocks
Next up for the Wizards is another match-up against Brooklyn on Wednesday night.