Jan 22, 2024, 10:32 PM ET
MINNEAPOLIS — Karl-Anthony Cities scored a franchise-record 62 factors, together with 44 within the first half, however the Charlotte Hornets erased an 18-point deficit and shocked the Minnesota Timberwolves 128-125 on Monday night time.
Cities topped his earlier profession better of 60, which was additionally the Minnesota report.
Nonetheless, Cities managed simply 4 factors on 2-for-10 capturing within the fourth quarter, when the Timberwolves had been outscored 36-18. He thought he was fouled on a drive to the basket within the closing seconds with Minnesota trailing by one, then was brief on a 3-point try on the ultimate possession.
Timberwolves head coach Chris Finch lit into his workforce after the sport, calling it an “absolute disgusting efficiency of protection and immature basketball.” Finch went on to criticize how the Timberwolves responded to Cities’ scorching begin, saying they stopped seeking to make the suitable play.
“I imply there’s a number of occasions when, simply since you’ve scored two or three or 4 factors in a row, or baskets in a row … you realize clearly we’ll attempt to feed a scorching hand, search for a scorching hand, however in some unspecified time in the future we bought to get again to creating the suitable play, we bought to get again to doing the suitable issues,” Finch stated.
Cities completed 21-for-35 from the ground, together with 10-for-15 from 3-point vary, and now owns the highest three scoring outputs within the Wolves’ 35-year historical past.
“Having an evening like that on a loss would not really feel superb or historic,” Cities stated.
The Wolves ran an isolation search for Cities with 12 seconds left, however Leaky Black blocked his driving layup try after which hit a pair of free throws on the different finish.
Cities’ unsuccessful desperation 3 inside the ultimate second ensured this was the twenty first time in NBA historical past a participant scored 60 or extra factors in a loss.
Cities stated there was no silver lining to his efficiency given the loss.
“We’re No. 1 within the West, the most effective groups in NBA; there ain’t no time for ethical victories, silver linings, ‘nice night time, however simply not a end we needed.’ We have to discover a strategy to win,” he stated. “It is about profitable the sport. It is about staying No. 1 within the West. It is about defending our dwelling courtroom extra, most significantly above all issues.”
Within the first half, Cities was 14-for-17 from the sector and 8-of-9 from 3-point vary because the Wolves took a 69-64 lead. The eight 3-pointers in a half had been two shy of the NBA report. The NBA report for factors in a primary half is shared by David Thompson and George Gervin with 53.
Miles Bridges scored 28 factors and Brandon Miller had 27 for the Hornets, who had misplaced seven of their previous eight video games and had the Jap Convention’s third-worst mark coming into Monday. Minnesota, in the meantime, has now misplaced two video games in a row for simply the second time this season.
“Like I stated, there’s quite a lot of methods to be immature,” Finch stated. “There’s at all times quite a lot of methods to be immature. There was quite a lot of immature performances right here all through the roster. We completely disrespected the sport, ourselves, and we bought precisely what we deserved.”
The Related Press contributed to this story.