By Charlie Widdoes (Twitter)
KNICKS 118, TIMBERWOLVES 106 | TARGET CENTER
How it Happened:
Desperately needing to snap out of a seven game losing streak, the Knicks came out with fire and pulled out a wire-to-wire victory in Minnesota tonight. It was a total team effort, one that started with a 9-0 run and ended with six players scoring in double figures.
Carmelo Anthony led all scorers with 33 points, finishing with five rebounds and five assists as his teammates joined the effort and shot 52 percent as a team. Tyson Chandler continued his dominance down low, notching 15 points and 14 rebounds in the win.
Raymond Felton had been struggling lately, but his energy set the tone from the very start. The Knicks' point guard keyed the early run that helped New York tie a season high for points in a quarter (38). By halftime, they had scored 66 points, one shy of the season high for a half.
The Wolves made their run in the second half, but unlike many recent games, the Knicks had every answer. They held All Star Kevin Love to 19 points, seven below his season average.
Amar'e Stoudemire (18 points, eight rebounds), J.R. Smith (14, five rebounds, five assists) and Tim Hardaway Jr. (11 points) rounded out the strong offensive effort for New York.
Knick of the Night:
Felton led the Knicks in plus/minus tonight with a +21 and that's no coincidence. He was aggressive from the jump, finishing with 18 points, and took it upon himself to lead the team, finishing with eight assists. He also made his presence felt on defense, picking up four steals, three of which came in the first quarter.
The Knicks look to build on this win on Friday as they welcome Gordon Hayward and the Jazz to Madison Square Garden.