Bjelica, Towns ignite late rally in Timberwolves win

Jose Verdugo
Enero 13, 2018

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. But on this night, it didn't matter. Eight Minnesota players scored in double figures and Karl-Anthony Towns led the club with 23 points, 15 rebounds, and nine assists in the 118-108 win.

Kristaps Porzingis wasn't bad, although it took him 19 shots to get his 17 points.

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.

The teams battled on near-even terms for three quarters, with the Timberwolves taking just an 87-86 lead into the final period. Minnesota trailed by two at halftime.

The Knicks led by as many as seven midway through the quarter after Porzingis hit a three-pointer.

NY was led by Tim Hardaway Jr. who returned from injury to score 16 points.

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This one, perhaps, wasn't as pretty as recent Wolves victories have been. Former Wolves forward Michael Beasley scored 13 points in 16 minutes off the bench. But Jeff Teague's three-pointer started a 12-4 run that put the Wolves up 20-19 on Crawford's three-pointer. Jeff Teague had 12 points and eight assists.

The veteran point guard, Jarrett Jack delivered another solid performance just one game removed a triple-double.

In his first year back with the Knicks after a signing a four-year, $71 million contract in the offseason, Hardaway entered the night averaging 17.8 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.3 assists in 21 games.

The Wolves launched 27 3-pointers but only made 10 of them.

The Knicks were the hot-shooting team in the first half. Jack scored a season-high 18 points and dished out eight assists in 33 minutes.

Towns continued his stretch of All-Star-level play, dominating the third quarter and playing well down the stretch in a game that was close for about 40 of the 48 minutes.

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