NEW YORK (AP) -- Carmelo Anthony scored 29 points, Derick Rose had 24 and Kyle O'Quinn added 20 points and 13 rebounds as the New York Knicks defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves 118-114 on Friday night.
Zach LaVine scored 24 points and Karl-Anthony Towns had 20 for the Timberwolves.
Despite trailing 98-88 after three quarters, the Timberwolves went on a 12-2 run to start the fourth, aided by five Knick turnovers in the first four minutes, and took their first lead of the game, 102-101, on LaVine's dunk with 6:33 remaining. >> Read more
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- After watching him dominate on Wednesday, the Knicks clearly had a game plan for Karl-Anthony Towns. Without Joakim Noah, the team still put forth a really physical effort. They swarmed Towns under the basket and aggressively attacked underneath the hoop to get him into foul trouble early on.
- The Knicks' ability to penetrate has certainly garnered early praise this season. The more their point guards attack, the better the team tends to play. Derrick Rose confirmed such a theory yet again, adding 24 points and leading all players with 10 free throw attempts. Carmelo Anthony was hot and drew defenders in, often opening opportunities for the guard.
- Kyle O'Quinn and Justin Holiday proved to play vital roles in place of New York's everyday starters. Both players were tremendous on defense. Holiday was an absolute gnat against opposing ball handlers and O'Quinn used his hustle and agility to contend Towns. It was quite a gritty effort from the duo.
- The Knicks' effort from start to finish often wavers over the course of a given contest. That said, it's worth noting that that their confidence builds with each growing lead. They'll need to limit their margin of error going forward. New York can't allow the momentum to swing back and forth so easily. Nice to see them hold on to this one, however.