Despite trailing for nearly the entire afternoon, the New York Knicks erased an 11-point deficit to defeat the Minnesota Timberwolves, 94-91, Sunday at the Madison Square Garden.
Minnesota went on a 9-0 run early on in the first quarter, but the Knicks answered with a 6-0 run of their own. The Timberwolves held a seven-point advantage at the conclusion of the first quarter and a nine-point lead at the half.
Minnesota big man Nikola Pekovic had an incredible first half, recording a double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds. New York All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony had nine points in the first quarter, but went completely cold in the second, going without a made basket.
New York would pull within one point of Minnesota midway through the fourth quarter, but a loose-ball foul called on Anthony and then a technical foul called on head coach Mike Woodson gave Minnesota a four-point lead and the ball.
The Knicks made the most of their opportunities down the stretch and were able to take the lead with the help of Anthony. Anthony would finish the fourth quarter with 19 points, totaling 33 in the victory.
The Knicks will now travel to Los Angeles to take on the Lakers on Christmas Day, while the Timberwolves return home and host the Houston Rockets on Wednesday.
Here are the final grades for each key player Sunday night.