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Karl-Anthony Towns exits game with lower back injury

The star center scored 34 points for the Wolves before exiting the game late in the 4th quarter with a lower back injury.

From NBA.com News Services

Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns left the game in the 4th quarter after injuring his lower back vs. Wizards on Wednesday.

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.

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. 

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.

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