The Minnesota Timberwolves earned a small piece of NBA history during Monday's 114-107 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers, becoming the first team with three 20-point scorers under the age of 21 in a single game, per Elias Sports Bureau (via ESPN Stats & Info).
Doing the honors were combo guard Zach LaVine, shooting guard Andrew Wiggins and center Karl-Anthony Towns, all three of whom are 20 years old.
Towns, the first-overall selection in the 2015 NBA draft, led the way with 26 points, 11 rebounds, four assists, a block and a steal, continuing his recent trend of superstar-level performance.
Wiggins, the top-overall pick from the 2014 draft, pitched in 20 points of his own, albeit with just one rebound, one assist, two steals and a block in a team-high 39 minutes.
LaVine, who was selected 13th overall in 2014, contributed 21 points, four rebounds, six assists and a steal in 30 minutes off the bench.
Despite the trio of strong individual efforts, Minnesota dropped to 2-11 in January and 14-32 for the season, with defense once again standing out as the weak point for a team that has no shortage of promising young talent.
In addition to obvious deficiencies on the defensive end, the Timberwolves have some questions to answer regarding their more experienced players, as 25-year-old point guard Ricky Rubio and 30-year-old center Nikola Pekovic may not fit in with the long-term plan.
Regardless of how everything else shakes out, the team should be in good hands with Towns, Wiggins and LaVine.
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