Timberwolves get encouraging sign from Towns in win over Pistons

Jan 17, 2024; Detroit, Michigan, USA;  Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns (32)
Jan 17, 2024; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns (32) / Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

After trailing in the early stages, the Minnesota Timberwolves eventually took down the Detroit Pistons 124-117 to remain atop the Western Conference standings on Wednesday night. Timberwolves star duo Karl-Anthony Towns and Anthony Edwards each scored 27 points to help extend the win-streak to three games. Center Rudy Gobert racked up 19 points and a game-high 16 rebounds in the victory.

Chris Finch’s team was fueled by four double-digit scorers. Forward Jaden McDaniels contributed 23 points of his own. Despite entering the day as questionable to play with left knee tendonitis, Edwards displayed his dynamic ability with a thunderous poster dunk over Pistons center Jalen Duren.

It took until three minutes left of action for the Timberwolves to pull away from the Pistons. A Jaden Ivey 3-pointer narrowed the Minnesota lead to just six points. However, the lead was built to 12 over the next two minutes of action as McDaniels, Towns, and Edwards connected on buckets to bridge the gap.

Even though the Pistons own the worst record in the entire NBA, Minnesota should be able to build on the impressive performance that included knocking down 47-of-93 shots from the field and 15-of-30 from 3-point territory. Towns led the way with a perfect 5/5 shooting from the perimeter. The Timberwolves also dominated the interior by compiling 64 points in the paint and a 42-40 rebounding advantage.

Minnesota improved to 29-11 with the win and will look to keep the momentum going against the Memphis Grizzlies on Thursday evening. Memphis' star guards Desmond Bane and Ja Morant are both sidelined with injuries, which makes the Grizzlies as unassuming a squad as the Pistons.

However, the Timberwolves must not take the Grizzlies lightly, as they defeated the Golden State Warriors on Monday night. Tip-off is scheduled for 9:00 p.m. CT and the game will be broadcasted on TNT.