Kentucky NBA roundup: Karl-Anthony Towns, Willie Cauley-Stein lead teams to big wins

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There were 27 former Kentucky players on NBA rosters to start the 2017-18 season. SEC Country catches you up twice a week on how former Wildcats are faring. This edition covers games played on Sunday and Monday. Here are the highlights:

Karl-Anthony Towns: Minnesota Timberwolves

Karl-Anthony Towns continues to put up monster stat lines for the new-look Wolves. He had 32 points and 12 rebounds Sunday afternoon in a 119-108 win against the Phoenix Suns. Towns shot 12 for 26 from the field in 39 minutes played. And he did it in some electric green shoes. It was his highest scoring output since Oct. 27. Minnesota is fifth in the Western Conference at 12-8.

Willie Cauley-Stein, Skal Labissiere, De’Aaron Fox: Sacramento Kings

No, Steph Curry and Kevin Durant didn’t play Monday night, but it was still surprising to see Sacramento record a win at Golden State. Willie Cauley-Stein led the charge for the Kings in a near-perfect performance off the bench. Cauley-Stein had 19 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists and 2 blocks in Sacramento’s 110-106 win. He shot 8 of 9 from the floor. Cauley-Stein is being more productive with more minutes in Year 3.

De’Aaron Fox and Skal Labissiere didn’t have the day Cauley-Stein did, but both were effective. Fox had 6 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals. Labissiere had 9 points, 4 rebounds and 2 blocks on 4 of 7 shooting. Sacramento improved to 6-14.

Andrew Harrison: Memphis Grizzlies

It’s been an up-and-down year for Andrew Harrison. He started the first few games of the season and then didn’t play for a long stretch. But Harrison logged 20 minutes in Memphis’ 98-88 loss to Brooklyn on Sunday. He shot 2 of 5 from the floor and scored 7 points. Memphis is 7-12 and fired coach David Fizdale after an eight-game slide.

Tyler Ulis: Phoenix Suns

Tyler Ulis started for the Suns on Sunday, but it didn’t go well. He was a team-worst -21 in the plus-minus. Ulis had 4 points, 4 assists and 3 turnovers in 20 minutes. Devin Booker didn’t play because of a right toe injury. Phoenix fell to 7-14 with the loss to Minnesota.

Julius Randle: Los Angeles Lakers

Julis Randle was steady again for the Lakers off the bench. He had 11 points and 3 rebounds on 2 of 5 shooting. Randle was 7 for 10 at the free throw line. The Lakers fell to the Clippers 120-115 and are now 8-12 for the season.

Kentucky players in the NBA: Stats through Nov. 27

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