MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Kristaps Porzingis had 29 points and eight rebounds in a thrilling duel with Karl-Anthony Towns, helping the New York Knicks beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 106-104 on Wednesday night.
Carmelo Anthony capped a quiet night with a game-winning 18-footer over Andrew Wiggins with 2.3 seconds to play, helping the Knicks avoid what would have been an epic collapse in the fourth quarter. >> Read more
- Jeff Hornacek has been the rotation master this season with regard to his substitution patterns. For the first time, he made questionable decisions in crunch time. Though his reserves were successfully firing from all cylinders, the coach subbed Derrick Rose and an ice cold Carmelo Anthony back into the game. That disrupted New York's rhythm and caused them to lose a sizable lead.
- Anthony was cold, shooting 4-of-14 heading into the game's final seconds. Though the momentum was clearly in the Timberwolves' favor, it pays to have a clutch superstar in tow. Anthony proved to be reliable when the pressure was on. Not only did he hit the dagger to win, but he contended the opposing inbound passer fantastically on the game's final play.
- It was a career-game for Karl-Anthony Towns, who scored an eye-popping 47 points. He could not be stopped, even as the Knicks threw everything but the kitchen sink at him. Still, Marshall Plumlee deserves tremendous praise for taking this challenge on and not backing down. When the rookie was in, Towns labored and had to earn his offense. As the Knicks continued to build up their lead in the late third and early fourth, Plumlee (plus-11) played valuable minutes against a rather dominant force. His basketball IQ is sky high.