Minnesota Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns missed the final minutes of his team’s 115-107 loss to the Washington Wizards on Wednesday. Towns left the game with 2:14 remaining after injuring himself on a dunk, but he seemed OK afterward.
“I feel better than I thought I was going to feel,” Towns said.
Towns scored only two of his 34 points in the final period — and that was when he drove along the baseline for a dunk. After slamming the ball through, his momentum caused his body to fall horizontally and he appeared to land on his tailbone.
Karl-Anthony Towns crashes to the floor late, and was laying down on the bench after this crash. He went back to the locker room before the game was over.
— Dane Moore (@DaneMooreNBA) December 2, 2021
The Wolves and their star center got some potential good news after the game though, as ESPN reports that x-rays on Towns’ lower back returned negative.
X-rays on the lower back of Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns returned negative, source tells ESPN. KAT landed hard on his back in Minnesota’s loss to Wizards tonight. He had 34 and 10 before leaving game.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) December 2, 2021
Towns scored only three points in the first quarter, shooting 0-of-6 from the field. Then he scored 16 in the second and 13 in the third. Anthony Edwards had 25 points for the Timberwolves.
Minnesota lost for just the second time in nine games.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.