The Knicks had a cold shooting night 41.1% from the field in a win against the Timberwolves, 96-88. Mitchell Robinson led the Knicks with 14 points and 18 rebounds to get another double-double. In comparison, Malik Beasley led the Timberwolves with 20 points.
Knicks Leaders Cold
The Knicks duo of Walker and Randle got only 23 points. They shot a combined 8 for 31, which led to 25% from the field. Even Fournier scored 14 points shooting 35%, and the other starter R.J. Barrett scored 8 eight. Quentin Grimes got 11 points in 31 minutes as well.
No Stars For Minnesota
Minnesota entered Tuesday’s night matchup with none of their big 3 of Karl-Anthony Towns, D’Angelo Russell, and Anthony Edwards. All three were in the NBA’s health and safety protocols tonight. The other two players to score double-digits except for Malik Beasley were Jaden McDaniels, with 18 points and six rebounds. Also, Jaylen Nowell, off the bench, got 11 points.
Solid Start By New York
The Knicks started the game great within the first five minutes of a five-point against the Timberwolves with a 15-9 lead. But Minnesota climbed to get down by one point, 19-18. A Julius Randle three-pointer started a 10-4 run to get New York a 29-22 at the end of the first quarter.
Knicks Score 15 Points In Second Quarter
After a 10-0 run for the Knicks to start the second quarter. You would assume New York will take care of Minnesota for the rest of the night. You’re mistaken. A Mitchell Robinson dunk at the 4-minute mark was the last two points for the Knicks for the rest of the quarter. During the last four minutes, the Timberwolves went on an 8-0 run to get the halftime score of 44-41.
Knicks Strong Third Quarter
New York scored 28 points in the third quarter, the most points in a quarter against Minnesota. But all of those points happened after the Timberwolves got their first lead at 44-45. That was the first Timberwolves lead since the 9:16 minute mark in the first quarter.
Even Fournier got the lead back for the Knicks with a three-pointer. Kemba Walker and Julius Randle got some significant points to get the lead back up to 11, including two three-pointers by Walker and a tip shot by Randle. An Obi Toppin shot, and a Taj Gibson dunk helped the Knicks end the third quarter with a 72-62 lead.
New York’s Defense Helps Get Win
With two and half minutes left in the game, Minnesota’s Malik Beasley scores a floating lay-up to get the lead down to five, 90-85. But New York’s defense clutched up with only allowing three points. At the same time, the Knicks scored six critical points to seal the deal, including four free throws and an R.J. Barrett two-pointer.
Knicks Offense Needs To Step Up
New York didn’t deserve this win tonight. If Minnesota’s big three suited up tonight, the score would have been much different. The Knicks struggled from the free-throw line, and Randle going 5 for 20 is not a good sign. But hopefully, these Knicks catch fire against Detroit on Wednesday.
Get the Big 3 back Timberwolves
The Timberwolves got a great win against Boston on Monday but couldn’t carry that momentum in this matchup against the Knicks Hopefully, the two-day break will help the big three get back on the court. They will need them if they want a road win against Utah.
New York will travel to Detroit on Wednesday.
Minnesota will get back on the road and face Utah on Friday.
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