New York Knicks Highlights: Knicks Fall In Overtime To Minnesota Timberwolves


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New York Knicks Highlights: Knicks Endure Tough Loss To Minnesota Timberwolves In OT At MSG Thursday Night

The New York Knicks suffered a tough loss Thursday night, falling to the Minnesota Timberwolves at Madison Square Garden in overtime. Coming off a victory against the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday night the Knicks were riding high, but they were unable to carry over the momentum to Thursday against the shorthanded Timberwolves. The Knicks are having a disappointing season, but not taking advantage of a team having just as many woes with only eight guys on the second night of a back-to-back is disappointing to say the least.

For the Knicks, Langston Galloway once again had a strong performance, pouring in 21 points on 9-20 from the field. He stuffed the stat sheet in more ways than one as normal, as he also pulled down seven rebounds to go with three assists and two steals in 41 minutes. Again, arguably most impressive, Galloway turned the ball over only once even though he is one of the only main ball handlers the Knicks have remaining.

His running make in the backcourt came back to earth somewhat, as Alexey Shved struggling with his jump shot, missing all seven of his three-point attempts, but having a strong game otherwise. He made 7-14 shots inside the three-point line, also adding 6-6 from the charity stripe, for 20 points to go with five rebounds, six assists, one steal and one block. Shved continues to open eyes with the Knicks, as he may have finally found a home and niche in the NBA after struggling with the Philadelphia 76ers, Houston Rockets and Timberwolves in his career before landing with the Knicks.

The Knicks frontcourt continued to play well as well, as Andrea Bargnani scored 16 points, but it was a slightly disappointing 16 as he didn’t attempt a free throw and missed his only three-point attempt. Next to him in the starting lineup, Louis Amundson continued to be a beast on the boards, pulling down another nine in only 20 minutes. Off the bench Cole Aldrich did what he does best, grabbing seven rebounds of his own to go with two blocks. For good measure, he also added five assists, eight points and one steal.

Shane Larkin was also a spark off the bench for the Knicks, as he scored 10 points to go with four rebounds, three assists and two steals.

Unfortunately for the Knicks, none of their front court players were able to truly slow down Timberwolves center Gorgui Dieng. Dieng was dominant in the middle, something that has been a troubling trend against the Knicks recently, as he recorded a double-double with 19 points and 11 rebounds. He was also an intimidating force in the middle defensively, as he blocked six shots and had two steals. He was a difference maker on both ends of the court, having a major impact on the outcome of the game.

In the backcourt, the Knicks were able to hold Kevin Martin relatively in check, as it took him 26 shot attempts and five free throws to reach his 22 points. In the first meeting this season Martin killed the Knicks, scoring a season-high tying 37 points despite breaking his wrist early in the game.

Luckily for Martin, his starting backcourt mate Zach LaVine picked up the slack. LaVine was pressed into starting duty and extended minutes because of how shorthanded the Timberwolves were Thursday night but made the most of his opportunity. LaVine was an efficient 7-13 from the field, making all five of his free throw attempts as well en route to 20 points. He also added seven rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block to round out a solid stat line.

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With the loss tonight, the Knicks are in sole possession of last place in the NBA, giving them the best odds in the lottery currently in the NBA. They will have another game of significance Friday night when they visit the Philadelphia 76ers, who currently have the third worst record in the NBA. The loser of this game will move closer to the No.1 pick in the 2015 NBA Draft that could help turn around these currently downtrodden franchises.

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