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Wiz Lose to T’Wolves, Drop 2nd Straight

Karl-Anthony Towns posted up, grabbed rebounds, hit 3-pointers and set plenty of bone-rattling screens.

The 22-year-old All-Star center led the Minnesota Timberwolves with a season-high 37 points and 10 rebounds Tuesday in handing the Washington Wizards their second straight defeat, 116-111, at Capital One Arena in D.C.

“He’s strong to play against and quick enough to drive,” Wizards power forward Markieff Morris said of Towns. “He had a really good game tonight. We couldn’t control him.”

The Wizards have now lost five of their past seven games, including the 129-102 drubbing on the road Saturday against the Miami Heat.

Minnesota Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins goes up for a dunk during Minnesota's 116-111 win over the Washington Wizards at Capital One Arena in D.C. on March 13. (John De Freitas/The Washington Informer)
Minnesota Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins goes up for a dunk during Minnesota’s 116-111 win over the Washington Wizards at Capital One Arena in D.C. on March 13. (John De Freitas/The Washington Informer)

For the past week, Washington (38-30) has given up at least 60 points in the paint to all their opponents. On Tuesday, Minnesota scored 64.

That didn’t please the usually mild-mannered Wizards head coach Scott Brooks, who vented afterward about his team’s defensive effort.

“We’re getting beat on backdoors, we’re getting beat off the dribble,” he said. “It’s been four games now and we’ve given up over 60 points in the paint. It’s personal pride. I’ve got to find guys that are going to [play stronger defense].”

The Wizards led 95-85 early in the fourth, but Minnesota (40-29) went on a 20-3 run with a variety of players scoring.

Timberwolves shooting guard Andrew Wiggins scored six points during that stretch to finish with 16.

Jamal Crawford, who turns 38 on March 20, scored 11 points, including a finger roll layup past Wizards forward Otto Porter Jr. to give Timberwolves a 111-106 lead with less than two minutes.

“We played desperate and we showed a lot of resolve in that game,” Crawford said. “I have seen us in some points this season down that much in the fourth quarter and we kind of let go … but tonight we … took the bull by the horns.”

The Wizards play a back-to-back against the injury-plagued Boston Celtics, which will likely be without All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving, Jaylen Brown, Al Horford and Marcus Smart.

In terms of postseason positioning, the Celtics (46-21) are second in the Eastern Conference, four games behind the Toronto Raptors (50-17).

Washington sits one game behind the Cleveland Cavaliers (38-28) for the fourth seed, but just two games behind the third-seeded Indiana Pacers (40-28), which visits Washington on Saturday.

The top four seeds begin the first round of the playoffs at home.

“The East race is really close,” Morris said. “We have to make sure we stay above water and just get prepared.”

  • Washington Wizards guard Ramon Sessions drives past Minnesota Timberwolves guard Tyus Jones during Minnesota's 116-111 win at Capital One Arena in D.C. on March 13. (John E. De Freitas/The Washington Informer)
    Washington Wizards guard Ramon Sessions drives past Minnesota Timberwolves guard Tyus Jones during Minnesota's 116-111 win at Capital One Arena in D.C. on March 13. (John E. De Freitas/The Washington Informer)

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I decided I wanted to become a better writer while attending Bowie State University and figured that writing for the school newspaper would help. I’m not sure how much it helped, but I enjoyed it so much I decided to keep on doing it, which I still thoroughly enjoy 20 years later. If I weren’t a journalist, I would coach youth basketball. Actually, I still play basketball, or at least try to play, once a week. My kryptonite is peanut butter. What makes me happy – seeing my son and two godchildren grow up. On the other hand, a bad call made by an official during a football or basketball game makes me throw up my hands and scream. Favorite foods include pancakes and scrambled eggs which I could eat 24-7. The strangest thing that’s ever happened to me, or more accurately the most painful, was when I was hit by a car on Lancaster Avenue in Philadelphia. If I had the power or money to change the world, I’d make sure everyone had three meals a day. And while I don’t have a motto or favorite quote, I continue to laugh which keeps me from driving myself crazy. You can reach me several ways: Twitter @jabariwill, Instagram will_iam.ford2281 or e-mail, wford@washingtoninformer.com

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