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Karl-Anthony Towns and the Timberwolves needed this win: 'Keep after it, and maybe the tide turns'

DALLAS — Karl-Anthony Towns’ game, his future with the Minnesota Timberwolves franchise and his responsibility in this team going from toast of the NBA to toast in the Western Conference finals had been examined in the last few days.

The silly fouls, the shooting, the ghastly percentages were all on the front burner. The player he’s been for nine years was suddenly being dissected by those who’ve always been tantalized by his talent but frustrated by the lack of results his talent seems to demand.

More than anyone on that roster, even more than permanent whipping boy Rudy Gobert, Towns needed this.