The Minnesota Timberwolves couldn’t quite chase down the Portland Trail Blazers late Wednesday night, in summer-league action at Las Vegas’ Thomas and Mack center.
It wasn’t for lack of effort from No. 1 overall draft pick Karl-Anthony Towns, however.
Towns produced his best all-around effort of the week in Las Vegas, as he produced 20 points, 10 rebounds and three blocked shots. The 6-foot-11 Kentucky product was also extremely efficient offensively, making seven of nine field-goal attempts and all six of his free-throw attempts.
Guard Lorenzo Brown also had a solid night for the Timberwolves (1-3), as he poured in 16 points.
Portland, now 2-2 in summer-league play, got a solid all-around effort from forward Noah Vonleh, who registered 16 points and 10 rebounds.
Minnesota trailed by seven, at 26-19, at the end of the first quarter before largely playing Portland even from there on out.
Starting five: The Timberwolves’ starting lineup consisted of Towns, C.J. Williams and Tyler Stone in the frontcourt, along with Othyus Jeffers and Brown in the backcourt.
The Tyus report: Guard Tyus Jones, another first-round pick last month, missed Wednesday’s contest, reportedly to attend the ESPYs award show in Los Angeles.
Stat corner: The Wolves shot a blistering 88 percent (22 for 25) from the free-throw line. . . . Portland won the rebounding battle rather handily, 36-27. . . . Minnesota had 16 total turnovers. Three players had four turnovers, including Towns, Jeffers and Brown. . . . Towns shouldered a heavy workload on the night, playing 36 minutes, 7 seconds all told.
Next: The Wolves will play the Cavaliers at 5 p.m. CT on Friday in a consolation game. This will be the final summer-league game for both teams, win or lose.