Towns, Bjelica ignite late rally in Timberwolves win

Aubrey Yates
January 13, 2018

The Timberwolves' star big man flirted with a triple-double, posting 23 points, 15 rebounds, and nine assists in their 118-108 victory over the Knicks. Taj Gibson had 17, Andrew Wiggins 16, Jimmy Butler 13, Jeff Teague 12 and Gorgui Dieng 10 to round out the balanced Minnesota attack.

Kristaps Porzingis scored 17 points for NY.

But a succession of defensive lapses allowed the Knicks to reel off a 12-5 run to pull within a point with 3:18 left.

Karl-Anthony Towns almost put up a triple-double as the Timberwolves won their fourth game in a row, defeating Kristaps Porzingis and the New York Knicks at Target Center. NY led much of the second half and entered the fourth with the lead before Minnesota went on an 18-4 run to seize control.

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That hot streak continued for the Knicks, who expanded their lead despite the fact the Wolves hit five of their first seven shots of the second quarter. But the Knicks went on a 14-4 run, drawing within nine points just under the two minutes mark.

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The fourth quarter saw the Wolves crack down on defense; the Knicks didn't score a field goal until more than four minutes had ticked off the clock. Beasley had 10 points on 5-of-10 shooting in just six minutes in the second quarter. It was the team's sixth straight sellout, ninth overall this season. The Wolves are 17-6 at home this season, winning the last seven. He played a team-high 40 minutes, while nobody else played more than 34. Minnesota allowed more than 100 points for the first time in eight games. Center Enes Kanter had 16 points and 12 assists. Coach Jeff Hornacek said Hardaway would play limited minutes in a reserve role as he tries to build up stamina.

He opened the quarter with a 3-pointer that extended the margin to four points.

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