After erasing a 23-point deficit and coming to within two in the fourth quarter, the New York Knicks (1-2) were simply unable to complete the comeback against the Minnesota Timberwolves (3-0), eventually losing the game by a final score of 109-100.
A late 17-5 run cut the lead to 100-98, but a technical foul shot and three-pointer by Kevin Martin helped the Timberwolves pull away once more.
Leading the way for Minnesota was two-time NBA All-Star Kevin Love, who finished with a double-double of 34 points and 15 rebounds. Martin also had 30 points of his own, including a perfect 5-of-5 from three-point range.
A poor effort in the first quarter sealed the fate of the Knicks right off the bat, as the Timberwolves outscored New York 40-19 while shooting 66.7 percent from the field.
Once again, turnovers were a major storyline for the Knicks. They turned the ball over 16 times in total, leading to many easy baskets for the Timberwolves. New York has now turned the ball over at least 15 times in each of its first three games.
The New York Knicks will now host the visiting Charlotte Bobcats on Tuesday night, then travel to Time Warner Cable Arena on Friday to face them once again.
*All grades are based on in-game performance, final statistics and impact on both offense and defense.