KNICKS 100 WOLVES 94 | TARGET CENTER
How it happened:
J.R. Smith ignited a game-changing 12-3 Knicks run in the fourth quarter and he finished off the Wolves with an old fashioned 3-pt play in a 100-94 win for the Knicks.
Trailing by eight points with 6:47 left in the game, Smith buried a shot from downtown to fuel a comeback from New York as it erased an 11-point deficit to take a 91-90 lead off a Carmelo Anthony hook shot at the 2:26 mark.
Anthony hit a pull-up jumper to give the Knicks a slight 3-point cushion and Tyson Chandler swatted a shot attempt from Luke Ridnour that led to the Smith game sealing layup.
For the second time this season, Anthony was brilliant in the fourth quarter with 12 of his game-high 36 points. In the first meeting, the All-Star tallied 19 points in the final stanza to lead New York to win at MSG.
New York managed to steal the victory when it looked improbable after the injury plague Wolves put together an 8-0 run to close the third quarter. Nikola Pekovic scored seven points in the first 4 minutes of the period and Derrick Williams posted 11 of his 19 points.
Despite the failed attempt in the final stages, Luke Ridnour was Minnesota’s top offensive weapon with 20 points on the night.
The Knicks received another strong combination off the bench as Smith, Amar’e Stoudemire, and Steve Novak combined for 37 points.
New York salvaged the road trip after falling to Washington on Wednesday night and the squad improved to 32-16 on the season.
Knick of the Night:
Anthony rose to the occasion once again by dropping 36 points on 13-of-26 shooting. Second-year forward Derrick Williams had no answer for the Knicks superstar and the 7-foot hook shot from Anthony was the nail in the coffin. Anthony also buried 8-of-9 free throw attempts and corralled nine boards.
The Knicks only committed 10 turnovers in the road victory. Additionally, New York won the battle on the boards 42-41.
Due to the inclement weather back East, the Knicks changed their travel plans and stayed the night in Minneapolis on Friday. The squad will fly out to New York on Saturday in preparation for a big matchup against the Clippers at the Garden on Sunday at 1 PM.