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Karl-Anthony Towns sets franchise-record 56 as Wolves beat Hawks

first_imgConor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Towns missed five shots during the run. But he went back to work and finished with his first 50-point game and the fourth in team history.“I think the biggest thing that stands out is the way he shot the 3-ball,” Atlanta coach Mike Budenholzer said. “To go 6 for 8, his size, is just impressive. Then he gets fouled on a 3-point shot, that’s 21 points right there just outside the 3-point line for a guy that’s 6-10, 6-11, 7-feet, whatever he is.”TIP-INSHawks: Starting SG Damion Lee left the game with a dislocated pinkie finger on his right hand, according to the team’s Twitter account, but later returned. … PG Dennis Schroder missed his second straight game with a left ankle sprain. … Atlanta now has 835 3s this season, adding to its franchise record. The Hawks started the day 10th in the league in 3s per game.Timberwolves: PG Derrick Rose missed his fourth straight game with a sprained right ankle. C Cole Aldrich missed his second straight game with an illness. … All-Star Jimmy Butler took shots in practice and has been trying to work his way back from meniscus surgery on his right knee. Coach Tom Thibodeau said Butler still hasn’t been cleared for contact and there is no timetable for his return. … Tre Jones was named Mr. Basketball as the top prep player in Minnesota in an announcement during the third period. Jones, the brother of Wolves G Tyus Jones, is set to play at Duke next year, following in Tyus’ footsteps. … Minnesota has allowed its opponents to hit 53 3s over the past four games and at least 12 a game in five of the last six games.A BIT UNLIKELYWhile Towns entered the game averaging 20.7 points this season and 21.4 per game for his career, the big night was a bit of an aberration. The All-Star center set a career high with the 32 field-goal attempts, four more than any previous game.Towns entered the game third on the Wolves in shots per game this season behind Butler and Wiggins. Towns was averaging 13.9 shots per game.“I’m not used to shooting that many shots,” Towns said.MUSCALA’S CAREER NIGHTMuscala had his big night back in Minneapolis, where he grew up in nearby suburb of St. Louis Park. He was 8 of 10 from the floor, including 4 of 6 from 3. He also had to defend Towns for part of the night.“It’s a little bittersweet,” Muscala said. “Obviously lost and couldn’t get more stops on Karl-Anthony Towns, but it was still a fun game, I feel like. Give the fans some good things to watch and it was cool to have family and friends in the stands.”UP NEXTHawks: Host Philadelphia on Friday. “You just start passing, sitting back and just watching,” teammate Andrew Wiggins said. “Just watching the show.”Wiggins added 17 points and Jeff Teague had 11 points and eight assists for the Timberwolves, who avoided a third straight loss by shooting 53.3 percent, including 13 of 30 from behind the arc. Minnesota (43-33) pulled ahead of Utah into seventh place in the West after the Jazz lost at home to Boston.Mike Muscala had a career-high 24 points off the bench for Atlanta, which stayed within striking distance of the Wolves by hitting 13 of 27 from 3. Dewayne Dedmon had 13 points and 12 rebounds for the Hawks. Atlanta has lost 10 of its past 11 games.“We went on a good little run there,” Muscala said. “I thought we moved it well in transition and got some good looks from 3 and everything, and guards did a good job penetrating, finding open shooters and finishing at the rim. But yeah, obviously huge game for KAT and they also hit some really timely 3s, too.”The Wolves stretched the lead to 16 in the second half, but the Hawks started to chip away in the fourth. Isaiah Taylor had nine points and Atlanta went on a 14-4 run to close within 110-104 on a 3 by Muscala.ADVERTISEMENT Towns scored a franchise-record 56 points and added 15 rebounds for his league-leading 63rd double-double, and the Timberwolves beat the Hawks 126-114 on Wednesday night.“I just realized the ball kept coming to me more and more often,” Towns said. “I guess that was a sign to shoot the ball. Everyone just kept telling me, ‘You need six more, you need eight more, for 50.’ I wasn’t really thinking about that. I was just trying to find a way to win.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownTowns was 6 of 8 from 3-point range and added four assists for Minnesota, which recovered after a disappointing loss Monday to the lowly Memphis Grizzlies and trailing last-place Atlanta throughout the first quarter.Towns shot 19 of 32 from the field and 12 of 15 from the free throw line. He had 30 points and 11 rebounds in the second half. 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MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Minnesota Timberwolves forward Karl-Anthony Towns (32) is congratulated by teammate Andrew Wiggins (22) during the fourth quarter of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 in Minneapolis. The Timberwolves defeated the Hawks 126-114. Towns had a career-high 56 points. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)MINNEAPOLIS — Karl-Anthony Towns stood up and stared at a printout of the box score of Minnesota’s game against the Atlanta Hawks.There was a lot for Towns to admire.ADVERTISEMENT Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ View comments Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victimslast_img read more

FOOLISH

first_imgThat vainness they flaunt with vanityAll day they carry like traveling luggageBoasting of fripperies that makes no senseDwelling in their follies high as WologisiSeldom will great words flow from their lipsSturdy postures but whiff of bravadoThey make great charlatans for our townGlimpse them in their assemblance of follySparkling in their garment of dullnessThat is that distinction that anger good folksWishing and praying a sense come soonGiggling as the resolve that is yet nothingShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Sluggers figure to dominate

first_imgBalls have been flying out in Philly since the stadium opened in 2004. The dimensions are rather standard, 329-330 feet down the lines, 374 to left-center and 401 to straightaway center. But for some reason, there are far more homers hit there than at the old Veterans Stadium. Perhaps the open-air outfield allows the wind to play too much of a factor. Maybe the power-alleys aren’t deep enough. Whatever the case, it plays small. “The ball seems to carry more,” Rollins said. “Maybe it just looks small, so people feel a little stronger. Maybe pitchers make a lot of mistakes because the park gets in their head. It could be a number of things, but you still have to hit the ball out of the ballpark. I’ve always said when you hit a ball and it’s a home run, it doesn’t matter where you are playing. If you hit it here 10 rows deep, that’s out of any other ballpark.” There’s a much easier explanation for all the scoring at Coors. Blame it on the high altitude. Balls dry out in the thin, arid air, making them slicker and harder to grip. There’s also less air resistance, causing breaking balls to flatten out and changeups to stay up in the zone. Home run totals have decreased significantly at Coors over the past decade – several years ago, the Rockies installed a humidor to store baseballs and control their moisture. Still, Coors and its spacious outfield remains the best park to hit in. Batters had a .286 average in Colorado this season, highest in the majors. It was second in runs at 874 and ninth in homers at 185. Meanwhile, the Bank led the majors with 241 homers and was third in runs at 871. Batters hit .277 in Philly. “Regardless of where you play, you still have to get it and hit it,” Howard said. “Sometimes the wind may be blowing in at a field that’s considered to play large and if you hit in the air, it might go out. You still have to hit it. You still have to put a good swing on it for it to go.” Howard can hit them out of the Grand Canyon. He had 24 of his 47 homers on the road. Rollins and Burrell each had 30 homers. Rollins had 12 on the road and Burrell 14. But a few of Colorado’s sluggers had far better power numbers at Coors. Holliday hit 25 of his 36 homers at home. Hawpe’s home-away ratio was 19-10 and Tulowitzki’s 15-9. “It’s changed,” Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said of the Rockies’ park. “The elevation is not going to change, but the ballpark is not as much hitter-friendly as it used to be. It plays out much different than it has in the past.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BASEBALL: Phillies and Rockies are built to take advantage of their hitter-friendly ballparks. By Rob Maaddi THE ASSOCIATED PRESS PHILADELPHIA – Pitchers beware: Two potent offenses plus two hitter-friendly ballparks could equal a slugfest. The Philadelphia Phillies and Colorado Rockies got to this point mainly because of their hitting. And, they’ll need to keep swinging to advance. Game 1 of this NL first-round series is today at Citizens Bank Park, the East Coast version of Coors Field. Both teams are sending their aces to the mound – Cole Hamels (15-5) for the Phillies and Jeff Francis (17-9) for the Rockies. But it’ll be the hitters getting most of the attention. Philly has Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Pat Burrell and Aaron Rowand. Colorado brings Matt Holliday, Todd Helton, Garrett Atkins, Brad Hawpe and Troy Tulowitzki. All these guys can flat-out hit no matter where they play. However, many often find themselves explaining why it’s easier to have success at home. last_img read more

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger refuses to admit shock Olympiakos defeat was worst night in Champions League career

first_imgArsenal manager Arsene Wenger refused to admit his side’s shock 3-2 Champions League defeat to Olympiakos was the worst night of his career in the competition.The Greek side went ahead three times in an enthralling Emirates encounter, eventually holding on despite Theo Walcott and Alexis Sanchez’s strikes to leave the Gunners pointless and bottom of Group F after two games.Arsenal now face the daunting prospect of back-to-back matches against runaway group leaders Bayern Munich with a first Champions League group stage exit since 2000 now looming.When asked if it was his worst Champions League night, Wenger snapped: “No, sit on the bench and lose a final [referring to the 2006 final to Barcelona] and I will ask you the question after.”Goalkeeper David Ospina, who surprisingly replaced Petr Cech in the starting lineup, made a calamitous error to gift the Greek’s their second goal, but Wenger vehemently defended his decision to start the Colombian.He added: “Ospina played 19 games last year and kept 14 clean sheets, last week at Tottenham he had a fantastic game. No keeper is mistake free – it could have happened to Petr Cech as well, that’s part of it.“”I don’t give you why [a reason why he dropped Cech]. I do not have to sit here and give you any explanation about every decision I make. You are capable to judge what I do and I leave you to that.“He [Cech] had a slight alert before the game at Leicester [at the weekend], I didn’t want to take a gamble, but it’s not because of that that we lost the game. It’s a farce.”last_img read more