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Karl-Anthony Towns Drops Franchise-Record 60 Points in Timberwolves’ Win over Spurs | Bleacher Report

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Karl-Anthony Towns had a historic performance in the Minnesota Timberwolves’ 149-139 win over the San Antonio Spurs at AT&T Center on Monday night.

The 26-year-old scored a franchise-record 60 points in the win, along with 17 rebounds and three assists to help the Timberwolves improve to 40-30 on the season, though Minnesota remains seventh in the Western Conference.

Towns also holds Minnesota’s franchise record for the most 40-point games. 

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Towns did most of his work in the third quarter when he scored a whopping 32 points. According to ESPN Stats & Info, that is the fourth-most points scored in a single

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Nets and Sixers’ Heated Rivalry Is About Much More Than Ben Simmons | Bleacher Report

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Prior to the opening tip between the Philadelphia 76ers and Brooklyn Nets on Thursday night, Ben Simmons was the lead story and the sole recipient of the raucous Philly crowd’s ire.

After it, Simmons was barely a footnote (and far from the only party showered with boos) in what’s quickly become the NBA‘s most heated rivalry.

The Nets beat the Sixers 129-100 with Simmons watching from the bench as his new team shredded his old one from start to finish. And before anyone jumps up to sarcastically observe that a blowout of this magnitude only counts as a rivalry in a hammer-and-nail sort of way, keep in mind that an embarrassing home beating like this is exactly the kind of thing that puts vengeance on the mind of the defeated.

The vitriol that defines this matchup originated in the trade that

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Heat Rumors: Victor Oladipo Could Return from Injury by Mid-March | Bleacher Report

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Miami Heat guard Victor Oladipo, who has been out since April 8, 2021, after having surgery on his right quadriceps tendon, could return to the lineup in March.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski provided the report on SportsCenter.

“Victor Oladipo is on this road trip. He’s had two really significant quad tendon surgeries. He’s recovered from the second one now. I’m told that there’s optimism Oladipo could be back within two weeks. Perhaps the second week of March.”

Oladipo, a former Indiana star, has been in the NBA since 2013. The two-time All-Star has averaged 17.5 points, 4.6 rebounds and 4.0 assists for his career.

Oladipo starred for the Indiana Pacers in 2017-18 and 2018-19 and was named an All-Star both years. Unfortunately, Oladipo suffered a quad injury in January 2019 that led to a surgery and an absence off the court until

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Windhorst: Zion Williamson, Pelicans ‘Distant’ amid Recovery from Foot Injury | Bleacher Report

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The New Orleans Pelicans and star
forward Zion Williamson have reportedly become “distant” while
he’s away from the team to rehab his foot injury.

ESPN’s Brian Windhorst reported Tuesday
on SportsCenter (via TalkBasket) the Pelicans have reached a point
where they “just don’t know what to say” about the 2019 No. 1 pick.

“They’re distant, both literally and
figuratively,” Windhorst said. “He left the team in early January
to go deal with this injury on his own, and he’s just not been around
for months.”

Williamson’s role within the organization has come into question in recent days.

CJ McCollum, who was acquired from the
Portland Trail Blazers in a Feb. 8 trade, said Saturday he still
hadn’t spoken with the Pelicans’ face of the franchise since the deal.

“I haven’t had conversations with him
directly,” McCollum said. “I’ve spoken with some people close to
him,

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