First overall pick Karl-Anthony Towns continued an encouraging NBA Summer League in Las Vegas with the best game of his young career on Wednesday night, but his effort fell short as the Portland Trail Blazers defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves, 82-77.
The 19-year-old center posted game-highs of 20 points and 10 rebounds to go with two assists and three blocked shots.
Towns, who shot 33 percent from the floor and 73 percent from the free throw line in the Timberwolves' first three games, was 7-of-9 from field goal range and a perfect 6-of-6 from the charity stripe on Wednesday.
Noah Vonleh led the Blazers with 16 points on 7-of-14 shooting and had 10 rebounds of his own. Four-year NBA veteran Malcolm Thomas had 15 points on 5-of-6 field goal shooting and four rebounds off the bench, and rookie guard Tim Frazier had 14 points and six assists.
After closely contested game through three quarters, Portland opened its biggest lead of the night with 1:42 left to play. Minnesota fought back in the final 90 seconds, with four points from Othyus Jeffers and three points from Lorenzo Brown, but the Timberwolves' comeback attempt was too little, too late.
Third-year Portland forward Allen Crabbe went down late in the second quarter with a left ankle sprain and was taken to the locker room. The 23-year-old is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Thursday after X-Rays came back negative.
Portland moves on to the second round of the winner's bracket to play second-seeded Boston on Thursday at 10:00 p.m. ET. Minnesota falls to the loser's bracket, where they'll play Cleveland on Friday at 6:30 p.m. ET.