City Sports Report

Knicks Rally to Defeat Timberwolves, 121-114 by Derrel “Jazz” Johnson

The New York Knicks rebounded from a second-quarter, 11-point deficit to defeat the Minnesota Timberwolves, 121-114. The Knicks got off to a slow start defensively, giving up 36 first-quarter points, and trailed by as many as 11, 64-53, before getting things together in front of the home crowd.

Three Minnesota players were in double figured in the first quarter, with Kevin Love scoring 11, and starters Michael Beasley and former Knick Darko Milicic scoring 10. The Timberwolves led at halftime 68-61, but a 31-18 third quarter gave the Knicks a lead they would not relinquish.

Amar’e Stoudemire led the Knicks with 34 points on 15-23 from the field, with 5 rebounds, 2 blocks and 2 steals. Raymond Felton continued his great play with 18 points, 11 assists, 4 steals and 3 rebounds. Wilson Chandler has 21 points, 5 assists, 4 rebounds and 2 steals, while Danilo Gallinari added 17 points. Two Knicks came off the bench to score double figures, with Shawne Williams scoring 13 points and blocking 2 shots, while Toney Douglas scored 11 points and pulled down 6 rebounds.

The Timberwolves were once again led by Love, who scored a career high 33 points and grabbed 15 rebounds. Beasley had 25 points and 6 rebounds, and Milicic finished with 10 points, all in the first quarter, as he left early with an injured right quadriceps. Luke Ridnour scored 16 points and dished out 4 assists, while Sebastian Telfair scored 11 points off the bench.

The Knicks are four games over .500 for the first time since the end of the 2000-2001 season. Stoudemire is the first Knick to score 30 or more in five-straight games since Stephon Marbury did it from February 4-11, 2005. The Knicks host the Toronto Raptors tomorrow evening at Madison Square Garden.

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