National Basketball Association
Minnesota 125, Atlanta 124
When: 8:00 PM ET, Wednesday, March 22, 2023
Where: Target Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Officials: #46 Ben Taylor, #52 Scott Twardoski, #91 Cheryl Flores
Attendance: 17136

Karl-Anthony Towns returned from a lengthy absence to score 22 points, including the two game-winning free throws with 3.6 seconds left, to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 125-124 win over the visiting Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday.

Towns was fouled by Atlanta's John Collins and the call was verified after the Hawks challenged. Towns made both free throws and, after calling timeout, Atlanta's last-second shot by De'Andre Hunter was well off the mark.

Towns had not played since Nov. 28, missing 51 games with a Grade 3 calf strain. He showed no effects from the layoff, shooting 8-for-18 from the field, 2-for-3 on 3-pointers, and 4-for-4 from the line, with four rebounds and three assists.

Minnesota (37-37) got 26 points off the bench from Naz Reid, who shot 11-for-15 from the floor, and 25 points and six rebounds from Jaden McDaniels. The Timberwolves were without leading scorer Anthony Edwards for the third straight game because of a sprained right ankle.

Atlanta (36-37) was led by Trae Young, who went 14-for-16 from the line and scored 29 points with eight assists. Hunter, Collins and Saddiq Bey each scored 16.

The Hawks used a 14-2 run, with Hunter nailing a pair of 3-pointers, and took a 40-39 lead after the first quarter. Minnesota was 8-for-12 on 3-pointers and Atlanta was 5-for-7 from long distance. Both teams cooled off in the second quarter and Minnesota, behind seven points from McDaniels, took a 67-62 halftime lead.

Bey scored 11 in the third quarter and the Hawks carried a 97-94 lead into the final quarter. The Hawks led 111-101 with 7:18 remaining, but allowed Minnesota to score 10 straight and tied the game with 5:49 left.

Atlanta played without second-leading scorer Dejounte Murray for the second night. He remained home with a non-COVID illness. Reserve Jalen Johnson missed his fourth straight game with a left hamstring and groin strain.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Atlanta   Minnesota
Trae Young 29 Scoring Naz Reid 26
Trae Young 8 Assists Kyle Anderson 7
Clint Capela 8 Rebounds Rudy Gobert 12
Trae Young 14 Free Throws Made Jaden McDaniels 6
Aaron Holiday 4 Steals Taurean Prince 2
Onyeka Okongwu 3 Blocks Jaden McDaniels 2
Team Stats Summary
Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
Atlanta 124 52.9 12-26 22-25 28 41 6 6 17
Minnesota 125 48.9 11-26 24-29 27 42 3 7 11
Upcoming Games
  • Minnesota will play their next game on the road against Golden State. The Timberwolves have a W/L % of .500 after a win and .500 after a loss.
  • Atlanta will play their next game at home against Indiana. The Hawks have a W/L % of .389 after a win and .595 after a loss.