Andrew Wiggins nears NBA's scoring elite with another 40-point display
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Andrew Wiggins nears NBA's scoring elite with another 40-point display

The young Timberwolves star has now scored 81 points in his last two games.

Andrew Wiggins has joined the elite ranks as one of the NBA's most potent scorers.

The young Timberwolves star poured in 40 points on 15 of 26 shooting in Wednesday's 112-99 win over the Nuggets and has now scored 81 points in his last two games.

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Wiggins has the ability to score all over the court. Though he specializes on the wings, hitting pull-up jumpers and driving to the basket, he has added a crisper 3-point shot to his arsenal this season.

Still just 21 years old, Wiggins possesses immense upside that could one day see him rise as one of the most lethal scorers the NBA has ever seen. He's the fourth player age 22 or younger in NBA history to score at least 40 points in back-to-back games, joining LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Allen Iverson.

The Timberwolves (22-35) have been disappointing as a whole this season, but they have two bright stars in Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns. The big center scored 24 points with 19 rebounds against Denver.

Stud of the night

The Cavaliers need guys to step up with Kevin Love out of action, and Kyle Korver did just that in a 113-104 win over the Pacers. Korver scored 22 points while hitting 6 of 8 from beyond the arc. He is now just the seventh player in NBA history to hit 2,000 3-pointers.

Giannis Antetokounmpo helped the Bucks earn a hard-fought 129-125 victory over the lowly Nets by dropping 33 points with nine rebounds and four steals. Milwaukee's star will be starting the All-Star game this weekend.

Despite the loss, Nets star center Brook Lopez scored a game-high 36 points. He also became the first player in NBA history to make six 3-pointers and have eight blocks in a game. Nobody had ever recorded more than two 3-pointers in an eight-block game, according to Elias Sports.


Russell Westbrook and James Harden each had 35-point triple-doubles. The last pair of players to record 35-point triple-doubles on the same day were NBA legends Kareem Abdul-Jabber and Pete Maravich in 1975. The Thunder beat the Knicks, 116-105, while the Rockets fell to the Heat, 117-109.

Dud of the night

Memphis' Chandler Parsons is making a little over $22 million this season, so when he scores just nine points in 19 minutes of action it's not quite enough. The Pelicans beat the Grizzlies, 95-91, and Parsons is still averaging under seven points per game this season.

Highlight

Isaiah Thomas completes his lay-up to tie a Celtics record:

Thomas, who finished the 116-108 win over the 76ers with 33 points, tied the franchise all-time record with 40 straight games with 20-plus points.

What's next

Celtics (37-19) at Bulls (27-29), 8 p.m. ET — Boston has a solid opportunity to climb into the top spot in the East while Kevin Love recovers from knee surgery. Thomas has been a spectacle to behold all season, and he should have no problem against Chicago's dysfunctional backcourt.

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