We had some stellar NBA action on Friday. Karl-Anthony Towns led the Timberwolves by Oklahoma City, and Otto Porter and Kevin Durant had a little duel.
Karl-Anthony Towns - 33 points, 19 rebounds, four blocks
The Minnesota Timberwolves have gotten off to a somewhat slow start. Their win against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday was their third of the young season, and Towns finally erupted. He produced his highest-scoring and most plentiful rebounding effort while showing competency on defense, and that’s everything that the Wolves can ask from their third-year center. Oklahoma City had no answer, and Towns’ entire offensive repertoire was on display as he cooked several defenders from inside the three-point line.
Kevin Durant - 31 points, 11 rebounds, six assists
No matter what anyone says, Kevin Durant is still very good at basketball. Since joining the Golden State Warriors, he’s showcased a side of him that we didn’t see, and his versatility is invaluable to how Golden State plays. He was huge in their comeback victory against the Washington Wizards and was literally all over the court. Durant hit big shots, attacked the glass and made the right play when it presented himself. When he’s fully involved like that, the Warriors are even more impossible to beat.
Otto Porter - 29 points, 10 rebounds, 7-of-9 from three
Unfortunately, the Wizards blew an 18-point lead to Golden State on Friday. It wasn’t because of Porter. He had the best game of the young season and was a thorn in the Warriors’ side all night long. The 29 points are a season high, and the seven threes were a career-high. Porter had made just five triples through the first four games. He attacked off the dribble a few times as well, but Golden State did a stable job of keeping Porter out of the paint. On top of that, Porter only had a few open looks from three, and those came during transition opportunities; even though he exploded, Golden State didn’t allow many open looks.
- Jimmy Butler - 25 points, seven assists, five rebounds
- Kristaps Porzingis - 30 points, nine rebounds, three blocks
- LaMarcus Aldridge - 24 points, 11 rebounds
- James Harden - 27 points, 11 assists, 10 rebounds
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