Knicks edge past Timberwolves, 100-94
The New York Knicks were able to hold off an efficient effort by the Minnesota Timberwolves in a game that came down to the final seconds. Carmelo Anthony brought New York back from a late fourth quarter deficit, finishing with a decisive 36 points.
Jason Kidd reached a career-milestone with his 12,000th assist. Shortly after, Kidd tossed up a basket-to-basket pass to J.R. Smith that sealed up the New York victory.
Scoring was neck and neck through the first half. Anthony had 16 points at the break, helping the Knicks to a 52-45 edge at the halfway point. Minnesota came out in the third and quickly narrowed the deficit thanks to prolific passing by point guard Ricky Rubio.
Rubio had a strong showing and is getting back to speed after missing much of the first portion of the season. He finished with a double-double, notching 18 points and 11 assists.
Minnesota’s other guard, Luke Ridnour had a good scoring night with 20. Rubio found Ridnour in the corner pocket on a drive and dish to give Minnesota their first second-half lead.
Ridnour scored on three consecutive possessions to give the Timberwolves a 6-point lead going into the fourth.
Rubio connected with Derrick Williams on a spectacular high-arcing alley-oop that prompted a timeout by New York, now facing a 7-point deficit.
New York responded with a 13-3 run with Anthony leading the scoring charge.
After trailing for most of the fourth quarter, the Knicks regained the lead with about two minutes left with an alley-oop from J.R. Smith to Tyson Chandler.
The teams traded pull-up jumpers by Anthony and Rubio that left the Knicks with a one-point advantage with 30 seconds left.
The Wolves had the ball and an opportunity for a late lead, but the Knicks forced a turnover that led to a fast break score and foul by J.R. Smith, who was able to ice the game with a free throw.
The Knicks are scheduled to face a struggling Clipper team this Sunday, but are facing issues with getting back to the Madison Square Garden thanks to the snowstorm hitting the Northeast. According to the New York Times, the team will be stranded in Minnesota until conditions clear up.