Knicks seal 100-94 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Despite the best efforts of point-guard Ricky Rubio, the Minnesota Timberwolves fell to a 100-94 defeat against the New York Knicks.
Rubio, widely regarded as one of the most creative guard’s in the game, finished with 18 points and 11 assists but couldn’t help them avoid their 14th defeat in the last 16 games.
The Knicks were led by Carmelo Anthony, who had a huge impact en route to scoring a game-high 36 points, with 12 coming in the final seven minutes on Friday night.
His late surge helped the Knicks overturn an 11-point deficit, going 4-for-6 down the stretch and giving them the lead for the first time in the final period with 2:37 to go.
The Timberwolves were woeful from beyond the arc, with a 7.7% success rate illustrating a big difference between the two sides. The Knicks were disappointing on the night, going 8-for-26, but remain the second-best three point shooting team in the NBA.
There was also a personal landmark for Knicks guard Jason Kidd, who recorded his 12,000th career assist with a pass to J.R. Smith for a three-pointer in the fourth-quarter.
The Knicks now move to 32-16 for the season as they continue to pursue the Miami Heat at the top of the Eastern Conference. Coach Mike Woodson will now prepare his men for a clash with the LA Clippers on Sunday, while the Timberwolves head to Memphis.