Utah Jazz coronary heart Rudy Gobert gained the battle of large males in the direction of Minnesota’s Karl-Anthony Towns all through a third-quarter defensive sequence, though the Jazz would go on to lose to the Timberwolves Monday night.
The “Stifle Tower” used his 7-foot-1 physique to stuff Towns’ dunk try to ship him to the underside with about 10 minutes remaining in the third physique in the course of the Timberwolves’ 112-102 win at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City.
Towns had possession on the left wing and dribbled in the direction of the rim with Gobert on his left hip to start the sequence. Towns picked up his dribble as he entered the paint, sooner than eying the right side of the rim. Towns elevated and palmed the ball in his correct hand as he tried a sturdy throw-down dunk over the Jazz coronary heart.
Gobert went up sturdy with every palm, sending the shot once more to the bottom collectively together with his left hand as Towns fell to the underside.
Towns nonetheless scored a game-high 29 components and had 13 rebounds and 5 assists in the win. Gobert recorded 16 components and had 14 rebounds for the Jazz. Jeff Teague chipped in 21 components, 11 assists and 4 rebounds for the Timberwolves.
Minnesota hosts a rematch in the direction of the Jazz at 8 p.m. EST Wednesday at Target Center in Minneapolis.