Karl-Anthony Towns thoroughly destroyed the Celtics, scoring 28 points with 13 rebounds, as he looked every bit of a superstar. Gorgui Dieng also shined, with 17 points and 12 rebounds. Minnesota’s size in general was an issue for the Celtics, as they snatched 15 offensive boards on their way to a 124-122 win.
Jae Crowder was one of the only bright spots for the Celtics, scoring a career-high 27 points on 9-of-15 shooting, with 8 rebounds and 3 assists. Isaiah Thomas was unable to get it going, as it was only the third time this season he went a full game without a single free throw attempt.
The Celtics, as they usually do when they trail late in games, turned up the defensive intensity and attempted to make a heroic comeback. But they came up short, as it was a game full of missed opportunities from start to finish.
The only silver lining in the loss is it marginally increases Brooklyn's chances of maintaining a bottom-four record, since Minnesota adds a half-game of separation.