Karl-Anthony Towns drops franchise record 56 points vs. Hawks

The Minnesota All-Star broke the franchise record previously held by Mo Williams, and grabbed 15 boards for good measure.

Kahron Spearman

Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns scored a team-record 56 points, with 15 rebounds to lead the Wolves over the hapless Atlanta Hawks, 126-114 on Wednesday night.

The All-Star went 6-of-8 from deep for Minnesota, who's been struggling with the injured Jimmy Butler. They suffered a frustrating loss to the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday and were behind to the league-worst Hawks during the first quarter.

Towns shot 19-of-32 overall, and went 12-of-15 at the line. He had 30 points and 11 rebounds after halftime, per ESPN Stats & Info.

I just realized the ball kept coming to me more and more often. I guess that was a sign to shoot the ball. Everyone just kept telling me, 'You need six more, you need eight more, for 50.' I wasn't really thinking about that. I was just trying to find a way to win.

The game is also notable because the day before Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons attempted to persuade his buddy Towns to play a quick game of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, the massively popular battle royale game.  

In the Twitch video chat session, Simmons had asked Towns who they were playing the next day, and Towns told him it would be the Hawks. Simmons, completely disrespecting Atlanta, is seen and heard saying, "yeah, you got plenty of time."

Apparently, the Hawks did nothing to dispel the notion.