Chris Finch on 62 loss to Karl-Anthony Town – “Immature Basketball”
MINNEAPOLIS — Karl-Anthony Towns scored a franchise-record 62 points, including 44 in the first half, but the Charlotte Hornets erased an 18-point deficit and stunned the Minnesota Timberwolves 128-125 on Monday night.
Towns’ previous career top 60, also a Minnesota record.
However, Towns could manage just four points on 2-for-10 shooting in the fourth quarter, when the Timberwolves were outscored 36-18. He thought he was fouled driving to the basket in the final seconds with Minnesota trailing by one point, then was short on a three-point attempt on the final possession.
Timberwolves coach Chris Finch attacked his team after the game, calling it a “disgusting performance of defense and immature basketball.” Finch continued to criticize how the Timberwolves responded to Towns’ hot start, saying they stopped looking for the right play.
“I mean, a lot of times, just because you score two, three, four points in a row, or baskets in a row, you obviously know we’re going to try to make a hot hand, look for a hot hand, but at some point we’ve got to get back to it,” Finch said. “Making the right plays, we have to get back to doing the right things.”
Towns finished 21-for-35 from the floor, including 10-for-15 from 3-point range, and now owns the top three scoring outputs in the Wolves’ 35-year history.
“Having a night like this in a loss is not good or historic,” Towns said.
The Wolves had an isolated look on Towns with 12 seconds left, but Leaky Black blocked his driving attempt and then hit a pair of free throws at the other end.
Towns’ unsuccessful last-second desperation 3 ensured that this was the 21st time in NBA history that a player scored 60 or more points in a loss.
Towns said there was no silver lining to his performance considering the loss.
“We’re No. 1 in the West, and one of the best teams in the NBA; there’s no time for moral victories, silver linings, great night, but not the ending we wanted.” “We have to find a way to win,” he said. “It’s about winning.” By match. It’s about staying in first place in the West. “It’s about protecting our stadium more, most importantly above all.”
In the first half, Towns was 14-for-17 from the field and 8-of-9 from 3-point range as the Wolves took a 69-64 lead. The eight 3-pointers in the half were just shy of the NBA record. The NBA record for points in a first half is shared by David Thompson and George Gervin with 53.
Miles Bridges scored 28 points and Brandon Miller had 27 for the Hornets, who have lost seven of their past eight games and had the third-worst mark in the Eastern Conference on Monday. Meanwhile, Minnesota has lost two games in a row for only the second time this season.
“Like I said, there’s a lot of ways to be immature,” Finch said. “There’s always a lot of ways to be immature.” There were a lot of immature offerings here throughout the menu. “We completely disrespected the game, ourselves, and got exactly what we deserved.”
The Associated Press contributed to this story.