The Boston Celtics has spoiled the 20-20 performance of Karl Anthony Towns and defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves in-front of their home-crowd fans, 91-84.
Maybe because of the freezing temperature in Boston, both the Celtics and the Wolves shoots cold from the field. Boston only hit six three-pointers out of 36 attempts while the visiting Wolves made 7-of-23.
Since the opening quarter until the third period the score was close until Kyrie Irving and company found the needed plays from both ends of the floor to give their team the needed separation and seal the win.
Marcus Smart who is more popular as a defensive player found his shooting strokes and ignited his team offensive abilities.
“Sometimes when we’re struggling, I think the ball is going to find energy,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens said. “And Marcus Smart has energy. He plays that way and he plays with a great chip. … He’s playing at a good level. We need him to continue to do so.”
“Obviously, he’s a really important part of our team,” Stevens added.
The sixth overall pick of the 2014 NBA draft scored a team leading 18 points along with his three rebounds and three assists.
“That’s my job, to bring energy off the bench and create for others and be the playmaker I am,” Smart said. “When I get in the game I just try to create a lot of chaos and get us to running the floor.”
Karl-Anthony Towns poured in a stellar performance with 21 points and 23 rebounds but wasn’t enough to end the losing skid of Timberwolves in TD Garden way back when he was still nine-years-old.