The Miami Heat and Karl-Anthony Towns each made NBA history in their final games

It might not be much consolation, given that both are headed to the draft lottery, but the Miami Heat and the Minnesota Timberwolves' Karl-Anthony Towns each made history in their regular-season finales.

Let's start with the Heat, who clawed back from the biggest win-loss deficit the NBA has ever seen to finish the year at 41-41. Unfortunately, since the Chicago Bulls owned the tiebreaker in the playoff hunt, Miami just missed out on a postseason berth.

The Heat were 19 games below .500 on January 13th; according to ESPNand the Miami broadcast, no team more than 12 games below .500 had made it back to an even recordbefore.

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Karl-Anthony Towns, meanwhile, became the first player in NBA history to score 2,000 points, grab 1,000 rebounds and make 100 3-pointers in a season:


KAT becomes the only player in @NBA history to record 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 100 three-pointers in a single season!

— Timberwolves (@Timberwolves) April 13, 2017

That milestone requires a little bit of context. First, there have only been 47 2,000-point/1,000-rebound seasons in the NBA in the first place, including Towns' 2016-17 campaign ( via Basketball-Reference). Second, just 11 of those have come since the NBA instituted the 3-point line. Finally, the previous record for most 3-pointers made in a 2,000/1,000 season was … three, set by David Robinson in 1995-96.

Watched him Sunday in LA. Beast. All timer eventually.

— Colin Cowherd (@ColinCowherd) April 13, 2017

Now, with all that said, Towns is going to be an absolute phenom. We can't wait to see what he brings to the table next season.


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