In the first half, the Knicks got dominated on the interior despite leading 52-45. The Timberwolves out-rebounded them before a surge on the glass late in the second quarter, and the disparity of points in the paint was staggering (24-10 at the half).
The Knicks were able to even that gap after coach Mike Woodson surely made it a point of emphasis at halftime.
The Knicks were yet again victimized by an opponent's strong backcourt play, this time from Luke Ridnour and Ricky Rubio, who combined for 38 points.
It was a very uneven effort from the Knicks, but they turned it on at the right time, outscoring Minnesota 30-18 in the fourth quarter, including 24-7 in the final seven minutes.
Carmelo Anthony finished with 36 points and essentially carried the Knicks to a sorely needed victory.
The two teams began the night heading in opposite directions.
The Knicks came into the game at 31-16, one-and-a-half games behind the Miami Heat in the East. They had also won seven of their last 10 games.
Minnesota, on the other hand, has been sinking in the Western Conference playoff picture, especially since losing Kevin Love again to a hand injury.
The T-Wolves had dropped eight of their last 10 contests coming into Friday. They had been 18-28 and in 12th place, 19 games out of first and six-and-a-half games away from the eighth seed.
It was a close shave for the Knicks, who barely pulled out the win. Now let's put on our tweed jacket with leather patches and hand out some grades.