The New York Knicks paid a visit to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night having lost seven games in a row and 13 of the last 15. The guys in Knicks jerseys must have been pod people, because they played like a completely different team and displayed intensity on both ends for an inexplicable 118-106 victory.
Carmelo Anthony led all scorers with 33 points and skipped his usual rest at the start of the fourth quarter; he clocked 43 minutes as the Knicks finally found a W. And Melo got plenty of help. Amar'e Stoudemire started in order to counteract Minnesota's formidable frontcourt, and it actually worked! He tallied 18 points, eight boards and a pair of blocks.
Tyson Chandler's 15 points and 14 rebounds made him look more like Kevin Love on this evening than the genuine article. Embattled point guard Raymond Felton held down Ricky Rubio for much of the game and controlled the pace on his way to 18 points, eight assists and four steals.
Love finished with 19 points and eight rebounds, but he bricked 11 shots on 17 attempts. Nikola Pekovic led a charge in the third quarter and got 17 points. Corey Brewer added 16 points. Rubio managed 11 points and eight assists but committed six turnovers.
The Knicks tied their season-high output with a 38-point first quarter on their way to a 66-55 halftime lead. The Timberwolves closed to within a point late in the third quarter, but the Knicks ran away from them and dashed Minnesota's three-game win streak.
The Knicks are still 18 games under .500 yet just six games out of the playoffs. They will try to win consecutive games for the first time since late January when they host the Utah Jazz on Friday.
The T-Wolves fall to 30-30 on the season, but despite the respectable record they are five games away from the No. 8 seed. They have a good chance to improve their standing with a three-game home stand against the Detroit Pistons, Toronto Raptors and Milwaukee Bucks starting Friday.