City Sports Report

Love, Timberwolves, Dominate Boards and Defeat Knicks, 106-100 by Derrel “Jazz” Johnson

Kevin Love scored 17 points, and dominated the boards with 14 rebounds, and Martell Webster also scored 17 points as the Minnesota Timberwolves defeated the New York Knicks in a preseason battle in Paris, France, 106-100.

The Knicks opened up an early 13-point lead, with Wilson Chandler off to a hot start, but Amare Stoudemire struggled in his second preseason game as a Knick, scoring 11 points on 4-11 shooting. Damilo Gallinari also had an off shooting night, scoring only 7 points on 3-13 shooting, including 1 of eight from behind the arc. The Knicks were led in scoring by Anthony Randolph, who tallied 14 points. Second-round draft pick Landry Fields was impressive , scoring 13 points. Toney Douglass impressed as well, with 12 points 3 assists, and 3 steals.

The bad shooting by the Knicks (36-90, 40%) was compounded by the lack of rebounding, as they were nearly doubled on the boards, 62-35. The Knicks were unable to capitalize on the 30 turnovers committed by the Timberwolves, and had 19 themselves. Coach Mike D’Antoni will have to make adjustments to solve the lack of rebounding that influenced today’s loss.

The loss ruined the homecoming of first-year Knick Ronny Turiaf, who grew up in Paris and greeted the crowd before the game in the native language and was received with a wonderful ovation by the French crowd. The Knicks next play the Boston Celtics a week from today. There will also be a practice open to the public on Sunday, October 10, 2010.

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