Karl-Anthony Towns wins Rookie of the Year

While it wasn't necessarily a surprise, Minnesota Timberwolves big man Karl-Anthony Towns has won Rookie of the Year. Not only that, however, but Townsis also a unanimous winner this year, joining fellow teammate Andrew Wiggins (who was also a unanimous winner back in 2014-15). The 7-footer was the fifth unanimous winner in NBA history.

The New York Knicks' breakout European star Kristaps Porzingis was also in the running, along with Denver Nuggets Point Guard Nikola Jokic.

Karl-Anthony Towns led all rookie's in scoring, averaging a total of 18.3 points per game, and he, along with last year's winner Andrew Wiggins, and Zack LaVine have come together in recent years to establish a young Timberwolf core that's poised and primed for future success.

OKC stun in Game 1 win against Warriors

For many in the NBA world that have been pegging the Golden State Warriors as the unanimous choice to repeat as NBA Champions, last night's loss at the hands of Oklahoma City must have indeed come as quite a shock. Add to this the fact that the Warriors have remained unbeaten at home in these Playoffs and you get a sense of how significant a win this actually was. Of course, there will be those that say that it's still too early in the series to make too big a deal out of this, and, while that may be true, one has to tip their hat to OKC nonetheless, as many didn't expect Durant, Westbrook, and the rest of the Thunder to survive the San Antonio Spurs, let alone win a game on the road against the defending champs.

The Thunder's dynamic duo came up big in the clutch, rallying from a double-digit deficit in the fourth quarter to put the game away and come away with the win. Kevin Durant scored 26 points, and Russell Westbrook once again flirted with a triple-double as he often does, with 27 points, 12 assists, and 7 steals.

It wouldn't be surprising to see the Warriors bounce back in Game 2 the same way they have in each of the last 2 years. One thing is certain, however: the Western Conference Finals just got a lot more interesting.

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