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LeBron James, Karl-Anthony Towns each log key career milestone games

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LeBron James, in the minds of many, is the greatest Cleveland Cavaliers player of all-time. Karl Anthony-Towns has a ways to go to reach that status in Minnesota Timbewolves lore. On Wednesday night, both players added to their respective legacies with milestone games.

James joined rarefied air with his 41-point, 10-rebound, eight-assist effort in a 118-105 win against the Charlotte Hornets. His empahtic dunk off a lob from JR Smith in the second quarter put him in double-figure scoring, marking the 866th consecutive game James has performed that feat.

The only other player to log that many double-figure scoring games is Hall of Famer and Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan

 

With this second-quarter alley-oop, LeBron James added to his legacy in the NBA.

Jordan’s streak lasted from March 25, 1986 through Dec. 26, 2001, while playing for the Chicago Bulls and Washington Wizards.

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Most Consecutive Games With At Least 10 Points

Player | Games | Span

Michael Jordan | 866 | March 1986 to Dec. 2001

LeBron James | 866 | Jan. 2007 to present

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar | 787 | Dec. 1977 to Dec. 1987

Karl Malone | 575 | Dec. 1991 to March 1999

Kevin Durant | 562 | March 2009 to Feb. 2017

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As for Towns, he did something Kevin Garnett, Kevin Love, Stephon Marbury or any other Wolves great had done before. The All-Star big man terrorized the Atlanta Hawks in a 126-114 win, dropping a team-record 56 points. Towns shot 19 of 32 from the field and 12 of 15 from the free throw line, dropping in 30 points and 11 rebounds in the second half.

He set the mark with a corner 3-pointer with 1 minute, 16 seconds left in the game. That gave him 54 points, breaking the single-game mark of 52 set by Mo Williams on Jan. 13, 2015. Towns later added a pair of free throws in the game’s waning moments to reach the 56-point mark.

 

Karl-Anthony Towns could simply not be stopped on Wednesday night.

Per Elias Sports, over the last 30 years only five players have logged 55-plus points and 15-plus rebounds in a game. Towns became the newest member of that club last night.

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55+ points, 15+ rebounds in last 30 years

Player | Date | Team | Opponent | Points | Rebounds

Karl-Anthony Towns | March 28, 2018 | Wolves | Hawks | 56 | 15 | Watch

Anthony Davis | Feb. 21, 2016 | Pelicans | Pistons | 59 | 20 | Watch

Shaquille O’Neal | March 6, 2000 | Lakers | Clippers | 61 | 23 | Watch

Michael Jordan | March 28, 1990 | Bulls | Cavs | 69 | 18 | Watch

Karl Malone | Jan. 27, 1990 | Jazz | Bucks | 61 | 18 | Watch

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Additionally, per Elias, Towns became the second-youngest player with at least 55 points and 15 rebounds in a game. Towns is 22 years and 133 days old on Wednesday, putting him a bit behind Hall of Famer Rick Barry (who was 21 years and 261 days old) when he accomplished the feat in 1965. Barry had 57 points and 15 rebounds in a Dec. 14 San Francisco Warriors win against the New York Knicks.

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Report: Pau Gasol to join Trail Blazers

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Free agent center Pau Gasol has agreed to a one-year deal with the Portland Trail Blazers, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Gasol, 39, who was limited to just 30 games last season because of a variety of injuries, has career averages of 17.0 points and 9.2 rebounds over 17 NBA seasons.



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Report: Furkan Korkmaz returning to 76ers

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Free agent forward Furkan Korkmaz has agreed to a two-year contract to return to the Philadelphia 76ers, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Free agent forward Furkan Korkmaz has agreed to a two-year contract to return to the Philadelphia 76ers, agent Mike Lindeman of Excel Sports tells ESPN.

Korkmaz, 21, brings back a rotational forward with the ability to spread the floor with his shooting. The loss of JJ Redick in free agency – and Kyle Korver’s decision to choose Milwaukee over Philadelphia – brought some increased urgency to keep Korkmaz on the Sixers roster.

 The 21-year-old Korkmaz, who was the 26th overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, averaged 5.8 points and 2.2 rebounds in 14.1 minutes last season.

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Report: Kevin Love to withdraw from World Cup

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Cavaliers forward Kevin Love is the latest player expected to withdraw from Team USA’s training camp for the FIBA World Cup, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

This news comes just one day after Damian Lillard reportedly withdrew from the World Cup. Love, who played in just 22 games last season because of a shoulder injury, averaged 17.0 points and 10.9 rebounds in 2018-19.

During the previous two weeks, James Harden, Anthony Davis, Eric Gordon, Zion Williamson and CJ McCollum reportedly decided not to compete in the World Cup this year.

Although the guard ranks will be somewhat depleted of NBA stars, Team USA continues to have a deep pool of players available.



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