Slow Start Dooms Knicks Against Minnesota

By Charlie Widdoes (Twitter)

KNICKS 100, Wolves 109 | Madison Square Garden

How it happened:

An Iman Shumpert three-pointer from the right corner made it a 100-98 game with about five minutes remaining, but that was the closest the Knicks would get to winning this one. New York shot 40 percent from the floor in the first half, compared to 52.3 for Minnesota -- the 15-point halftime deficit simply proved too much to overcome.

Carmelo Anthony picked up his second foul with just under four minutes remaining in the first quarter and the Knicks down seven. From that point until the end of the period, the Wolves went on an 21-4 run and put the game out of reach. 

The home team mounted a spiritied comeback by pushing the tempo and moving the ball in the fourth, but after Shumpert's three narrowed the lead to two, Minnesota separated once again. Pablo Prigioni picked up a technical foul for stepping over the baseline while guarding the inbounds pass, Kevin Martin made the free throw and followed that with a three-pointer of his own, and the lead was back to six. 

Knick of the Night:

Anthony finished as the high scorer and rebounder, but Metta World Peace wins this award tonight for his relentless hustle and timely scoring that kept the Knicks in the game. He wound up with 17 points and four rebounds, but his defensive intensity was the driving force behind a second half comeback. It's no coincidence that his plus/minus was a team-high +17 on the night.

Looking Ahead:

Next up is a home-and-home with the the Bobcats. Tuesday will be at MSG, then Friday will be down in Charlotte.

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