The Minnesota Timberwolves defeated the New Orleans Pelicans in the final game of the 2015-16 campaign, 144-109, setting a new franchise single-game scoring record. Karl-Anthony Towns scored a team-high 28 points to go with 14 en route to his 51st double-double of the season. Ricky Rubio had 10 assists and seven points. It’s the 30th time this season that Rubio recorded at least 10 assists.
New Orleans played seven players.
The game was never close, nor in the grand scheme of things did the outcome matter.
Timberwolves interim coach Sam Mitchell was relieved of his coaching duties a few hours after he had delivered his post game press conference, embedded below, courtesy of Fox Sports North.
“I’m sure you guys will see me around. I’ll be around until they tell me, ‘don’t come around no more,'” Mitchell said after the game, his last as the Timberwolves interim coach.
“I learned a lot from him,” Tyus Jones said of Mitchell.
“Coach is someone who’s played in this league, experienced everything we could ever experience, or have ever experienced. So, he’s been there and done that already. He knows what he’s talking about and he’s helped us a lot this year.”
Asked what Mitchell said to players whithin the locker room after the win, Towns told members of media, “That stays with us. That’s something that we can keep close to us, and it’s going to be great to hold onto.”