A limited number of fans will return to the garden on Tuesday, two nights after the Knicks barely won an emotional win in their last game in front of an empty arena.
Tom Thibodeau’s team won one in the second half 21 points ahead, but it ultimately gave him the gift of a win in his first game against the Timberwolves since being fired from Minnesota in 2019 and taking a 103-99 win on Sunday to open a four-game homestand / p> In his final competition before the All-Star Reserves were named on Tuesday, Julius Randle finished the game with 25 points and 14 rebounds as the Knicks improved to 15-16 that night against Golden State. </ RJ Barrett added 21 and Alec Burks (13) pocketed four important free throws in the last 21 seconds for the Knicks, who had a three-day break due to Saturday's postponement against San Antonio after several Spurs positive COVID-19 had been tested.
Karl-Anthony Towns scored 27 points, Ricky Rubio 18 and rookie Anthony Edwards finished the Timberwolves with 12 (7-24).
The Knicks led towards the end of the third quarter 86-65, but Minnesota opened the fourth with a 20-6 run and closed in two minutes with a 3-pointer from Towns, just under five minutes from time.
An inside bucket from Towns brought the Timberwolves with them 2:48 ahead, but Randle sank two free throws and Burks added four more from the streak in the final seconds.
The Jersey-based cities played their seventh game after going four after a positive COVID test in January Missed weeks. His mother, Jacqueline, and six other family members died from the virus last year.
« He’s a great player. He’s gone through a lot of difficulties and obviously you care first as a person and his family – his father, his sister », Thibodeau said ahead of the game, « When it comes to basketball, when he’s healthy he’s one of the best players in the league. It’s been a little unfortunate in terms of his injuries the last few years but he’s a great talent. «
The T-Wolves were without ex-Nets All-Star D’Angelo Russell (knee), but this was the Knicks’ first look at Edwards, the number 1 in draft 2020 from Georgia.
Quickley, the 25th election from Kentucky, said ahead of the game that he and Edward’s teammates went to a top prospect camp while they were in high school and faced each other several times on the SEC last year / p> Edwards finished second among the newbies on Sunday with 14.3 points per game, just behind Charlotte Point Guard LaMelo Ball (14.4), and Quickley finished third with 12.4 ppg.
Quickley, who spends only 19.4 minutes per game in a reserve role, led the newcomers to the league in their Player Efficiency Rating (PER), a metric that measures a player’s productivity per minute.
Towns and Rubio scored all points Minnesota in an early 15:15 tie, but the Knicks ended the first quarter 15-3 rose – with five points from Burks, four from Quickley, and a transition dunk from Barrett – for a 12:15 tie. Point pillow.
Minnesota pulled in the middle of the second half within four minutes, but eight points from Randle towards the end of the quarter – including a direct 3-pointer just before the horn – helped the Knicks, a 61:50 lead to take the break. All five starters reached a double-digit score before the end of the third round, as the Knicks were at the top at 21 and had a lead of 87-71 in the last quarter
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