Karl-Anthony Towns

Karl-Anthony Towns pokes fun at Joel Embiid, says he 'trusts the process' in NBA2K

Karl-Anthony Towns pokes fun at Joel Embiid, says he 'trusts the process' in NBA2K

Joel Embiid made waves on Tuesday for being very displeased with his lower-than-he-wanted player rating in the forthcoming NBA2K video game.

Jojo thought he shouldn't have been rated anything less than a 95. He was nowhere near that and rather shocked.

Another NBA big man was given his score Tuesday and was a bit more pleased.

Karl-Anthony Towns predicted a slight improvement over his 88 rating from last season and he was on point.

After being told he received a player rating of 91 this season, Towns said "I can't wait to tell Joel I've got nothing to complain about. I do trust the process on that one. I do trust the process."

And Embiid's oversized influence on the game continues.

The #NBA2K18 Process is looking just fine to @karltowns at Commercial Shoot

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Best of NBA: Knicks end tumultuous homestand with win over Spurs

Best of NBA: Knicks end tumultuous homestand with win over Spurs

NEW YORK -- Carmelo Anthony scored 25 points and the New York Knicks salvaged the finale of a tumultuous five-game homestand by beating the San Antonio Spurs 94-90 on Sunday.

With Latrell Sprewell and a number of other former Knicks in attendance two days after Charles Oakley was banned, the current team pulled out a defensive performance from its past, limiting the Spurs to 36 percent shooting.

That came just two nights after the Knicks yielded 131 points in a dismal defensive performance against Denver, which came after losses to Cleveland and both Los Angeles teams to start the homestand.

Kawhi Leonard had 36 points for the Spurs (41-13), who had their two-game win streak snapped and failed in their first attempt to secure what would have been an NBA-record 20th consecutive winning season (see full recap).

Cousins scores 28, victim of vicious flagrant in Kings' win over Pelicans
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- DeMarcus Cousins had 28 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists for the Sacramento Kings, who beat the New Orleans Pelicans 105-99 on Sunday night for their third straight victory.

The Kings assumed the lead late in the third quarter and never relinquished it in winning for the fourth time in five games. The Kings have won three straight games only one other time this season.

Darren Collison had 20 points and eight assists for the Kings. Matt Barnes had 12 points and Ben McLemore added 11.

Anthony Davis had 32 points and 10 rebounds for the Pelicans, but was limited to 11 points following a huge first half. Jrue Holliday had 16 points and 11 assists and Dante Cunningham had 14 points. New Orleans dropped eight of 10 games and is 7-19 on the road (see full recap).

Tobias Harris leads Pistons to comeback win over Raptors, 102-101
TORONTO -- Tobias Harris had 24 points off the bench, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope added 21, including a go-ahead 3-pointer with 13.2 seconds left and the Detroit Pistons overcame a 16-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Toronto Raptors 102-101 on Sunday night.

Andre Drummond had 10 points and 18 rebounds for his 36th double-double of the season as the Pistons snapped a four-game skid in Toronto.

DeMar DeRozan scored 26 points for Toronto and Jonas Valanciunas had 17 points and nine rebounds, but it wasn't enough to keep the Raptors from losing for the 10th time in their last 14 games.

Trailing 88-73 following Terrence Ross' 3-pointer with 9:23 to play, the Pistons went on a 9-0 run to cut the deficit to six with 7:19 remaining.

Caldwell-Pope made it a two-point game with a pull-up jumper with 47.9 seconds remaining, and then put the Pistons in front 102-101 with his 3-pointer (see full recap).

Wiggins, Towns carry Wolves to rout of short-handed Bulls
MINNEAPOLIS -- Andrew Wiggins scored 27 points and Karl-Anthony Towns added 22 to help the Minnesota Timberwolves beat the severely short-handed Chicago Bulls 117-89 on Sunday.

Ricky Rubio had 17 points, 11 assists and six rebounds and Minnesota shot 54 percent to help coach Tom Thibodeau sweep the season series against his former team. Gorgui Dieng added 10 points and 13 rebounds.

Doug McDermott scored 16 points and made four 3-pointers for the Bulls, who were missing Jimmy Butler, Dwyane Wade, Nikola Mirotic and Paul Zipser with injuries. The Bulls turned the ball over 18 times, were outrebounded 46-35 and were outscored 56-38 in the paint (see full recap).

Joel Embiid embraces 'great learning experience' of facing Towns

Joel Embiid embraces 'great learning experience' of facing Towns

It is a matchup that will be one to watch for years to come.

Just three months into the NBA season, the duel between Joel Embiid and Karl-Anthony Towns has already been established as a must-see.

On Tuesday, the two met for the second time in a rematch of the Timberwolves’ blowout win in November. Embiid and the Sixers fended off the Timberwolves’ 26-point comeback to get the W in a physical matchup that showcased the towering potential of both big men.

“There’s no consolation prize. This ain’t a fourth grade pee wee football,” Towns said after the Sixers’ 93-91 win (see game recap). “This is the NBA. This is a man’s league. There’s a winner and there’s a loser. Today, we were the loser.”

Neither disappointed on the box score. 

Towns posted a double-double with 23 points (9 for 22 from the field, 1 for 6 from three, 4 for 4 from the line), 15 boards, five assists, two blocks and two fouls in 37:27. 

Embiid scored 25 points (8 for 20 from the field, 1 for 3 from three, 8 for 11 from the line), with eight rebounds, three assists, two blocks and three fouls in 29:49. 

“It was great,” Embiid said. “He’s a pretty good player. Going against him, I wish we would play them more than twice a year. I love playing against them. Since the last game ended at Minnesota, I had this game on my calendar and I am glad we got the win.”

The competition escalated throughout the game. Both players stood their ground and fought hard on both ends of the court. Embiid didn’t hide his feelings as Towns argued a call and was whistled for a technical in the third quarter. See how he made a ‘T’ motion with his hands and applauded the tech call (see story)

“If people just put us in a box and we had no idea what the calendar said and you just watched a game, you'd say, 'This looks a little bit different’ (than a January game),” Brett Brown said. “The physicality is good and it's good for those young guys to experience that. That's a very competitive matchup with two young, potential stars.”

Add Towns to the growing list of big men Embiid is already testing in just 23 NBA games. Embiid is always eager to learn from a veteran like Marc Gasol. He also is getting shots at young talent, such as the recent matchup with DeMarcus Cousins that prompted talks of who will be the best big in the NBA (see story)

“Basketball is about having fun and competing,” Embiid said. “Guys like DeMarcus or Karl or all those great big guys are always a great learning experience. I’m a rookie, I have a lot to learn in the league.” 

Looks like he and Towns will be closely studying one another's games throughout their entire careers.