NY Knicks vs. Minnesota Timberwolves: Live Score, Results and Game Highlights
Ricky Rubio finished with 18 and 11 assists, Luke Ridnour shot 9-of-15 for 20 points, Nikola Pekovic logged a double-double with 16 and 11, and Derrick Williams looked like the No. 2 overall pick he was in 2011, with 19 points on 8-of-17 shooting.
The Knicks' defense was absolutely putrid for for most of the game, but they buckled down when necessary late in the fourth quarter. 'Melo added 12 in the final period, and closed out the Knicks 32nd win.
The victory marked Mike Woodson's 50th as Knicks head man—he did it faster than any coach in franchise history.
For Minnesota, it's their 14th loss in their last 16 games. New York manages not to lose ground in the Eastern Conference standings to the Miami Heat, who also won tonight.
It wasn't exactly how they'd hoped, but the Knicks locked up their 32 win of the year in Minnesota Friday.
They trailed through much of the fourth quarter to Minnesota, thanks to some shoddy defending (to put in kindly) and a stagnant offense. But when it mattered the most, Carmelo Anthony did what Carmelo Anthony gets paid to do. He had 36 on 13-of-26 shooting to will the Knicks to victory late in the fourth.
Ricky Rubio, Luke Ridnour, Nikola Pekovia and Derrick Williams manhandled the Knicks defense for about 45 minutes—each had at least 16 points—but couldn't get the ball in the whole when it mattered the most.
The Knicks move to 32-16, and the Wolves drop their 14th game in their last 16 tries.
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Chandler practically eats Rubio alive as he swats away a layup attempt. Felton is fouled, and this one is all but wrapped up.
It wasn't pretty—not even close—but the Knicks pull out a much needed win.
Just 20 ticks left, and it's a two-possession game. Interesting to see what Minny does here.
The Knicks FINALLY stop the Wolves in the paint, and swallow up a Ridnour attempt down low. Smith gets fouled on a layup after a quick, long outlet pass, and he connects on a HUGE three-point play.
KNICKS 98, WOLVES 94 — :19 LEFT IN THE 4TH QUARTER
Shot clock violation called on New York, and with 30 ticks left, Minnesota can take the lead.
All it should take is a few picks, as the Knicks have proven they still are clueless when it comes to defending screens.
Felton fails at defending a pick again, and Rubio sinks a wide open look.
KNICKS 95, WOLVES 94 — :47.1 LEFT IN THE 4TH QUARTER
Carmelo scores his 35th and 36th points of the night on a pullup J. Knicks have the lead late in this one.
Smith connects with Chandler for a quick bucket to put the Knicks up again.
KNICKS 93, WOLVES 92 — 1:10 LEFT IN THE 4TH QUARTER
The Knicks finally get Rubio to miss in the paint with a good defensive possession, and Melo takes the lead for NY on a sweeping hook. He's got 34 to lead everyone in the gym.
But Cunningham get the lead right back for Minny. Time winding down in the fourth.
WOLVES 92, KNICKS 91 — 1:50 LEFT IN THE 4TH QUARTER
And here come the Knicks. JR Smith gets to the bucket for a pretty layup, and now Melo knocks down two free throws to cut the lead to just 1.
The Knicks did well to cut the lead to 4, but then had a defensive laps in the final seconds of the shot clock to allow a Williams an easy layup. That's followed by a poor Anthony three-attempt, but the Knicks are still in it.
WOLVES 89, KNICKS 85 — 4:15 LEFT IN THE 4TH QUARTER
Felton with an extremely poor foul on Rubio along the perimeter. Ray doesn't like the call, but it was pretty blatant. Luckily for the Knicks, Rubio misses both.
WOLVES 87, KNICKS 73 — 5:30 LEFT IN THE 4TH QUARTER
Knicks with some possessions that are just straight booty here in the 4th Q.— Jared Dubin (@JADubin5) February 9, 2013
Even Derrick Williams is draining shots now. He's got 16, and 4 starters have at least 16 now for Minny.
WOLVES 87, KNICKS 79 — 6:30 LEFT IN THE 4TH QUARTER
The 18-28 Wolves are making the Knicks look very, very old. They're up 7 with 8 minutes left in the 4th.
The Knicks wind the ball around to Jason Kidd for a three-pointer, but not before the shot clock buzzer goes off. Ricky Rubio finds Derrick Williams on the other end. Yep, seems about right for the Knicks.
WOLVES 83, KNICKS 76 — 8:01 LEFT IN THE 4TH QUARTER
Amar'e gets another bucket to go, but then gets T'd up for arguing after the play. Pretty much a summation of the Knicks night to this point.
WOLVES 81, KNICKS 74 — 8:56 LEFT IN THE 4TH QUARTER
The fourth quarter starts with a Derrick Williams breakaway jam. No energy for the Knicks to this point, and Minnesota's got all of it.
WOLVES 78, KNICKS 72 — 10:42 LEFT IN THE 4TH QUARTER
Carmelo dribbles to the three-point line and throws up a poor shot. It doesn't go down. Novak and Stoudemire also miss last-second attempts.
Minnesota closes the quarter on an 8-0 run, and the Knicks poor play finally shows on the scoreboard.
More of Felton chasing guards around picks, and more Wolves guards scoring. Rubio extends the Minny lead to 4.
WOLVES 74, KNICKS 70 — :33.4 LEFT IN THE 3RD QUARTER
Luke RIdnour with 18 points on 9-of-12 shooting. Ray Felton just can't figure out how to contain him.
WOLVES 72, KNICKS 70 — 1:30 LEFT IN THE 3RD QUARTER
Amar'e feasting again in the paint. Finishes strong with two hands on Johnson, and he's 3-of-4 from the field in 12 minutes. The Knicks can't stop the Wolves in transition, however.
KNICKS 70, WOLVES 68 — 2:57 LEFT IN THE 3RD QUARTER
The T-Wolves' are boarding, moving the ball, excelling in transition, and seemingly doing everything right. The Knicks, however, are doing none of those things, but are in it. That's the beauty of having an MVP candidate on your side, I suppose.
WOLVES 66, KNICKS 65 — 3:59 LEFT IN THE 3RD QUARTER
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