Watch: Karl-Anthony Towns beats Isaiah Thomas to win Skills Challenge

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In the first year of the NBA’s new Skills Challenge, which features four forwards and four guards, Timberwolves forward Karl-Anthony Towns defeated Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas in a thrilling final.

Towns and Thomas went toe-to-toe in a three-point shootout at the end of their matchup in the final, and the rookie from Kentucky came away the winner.

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“This is for all the bigs out there,” Towns said afterward. “With the game changing the way it is, to show that bigs can stand up with guards and skill-wise.”

Towns advanced past Draymond Green and DeMarcus Cousins to reach the final.

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Afterward, all of the bigs mobbed Towns.


​What a start to a busy All-Star Saturday Night.


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