She died of complications related to COVID-19 in April 2020, but Karl-Anthony Towns’ 아버지, sister and other friends and family were in the arena Tuesday night.
He gave them a great memory — and the Minnesota Timberwolves a big victory.
Towns converted a go-ahead three-point play with 29 seconds left and the Timberwolves edged the Knicks 112-110.
Towns, who grew up nearby in New Jersey, looked up toward the roof on his first trip to the free throw line, a way of remembering his mother.
His last trip to the line ended up winning the game.
“I told my dad everyone’s going to get a chance to have their Madison Square Garden moment and I felt that was for me tonight. That was the biggest moment that I’ve had in MSG,” Towns said. “Great crowd, great atmosphere, great energy and I got to silence everybody, so that makes it even better.”
The Knicks got a strong game from Kemba Walker in his return from a nine-game absence with a sore left knee and nursed a lead for most of the fourth quarter.
But the Timberwolves rallied and then held on when Alec Burks missed a 3-pointer that would have won it for New York.
“I definitely wanted to win, but we’ve got to keep grinding it out,” Walker 말했다. “This league is hard. It’s hard to win games in this league.”
Anthony Edwards scored 21 points and Towns had 20 for the Wolves, who won for the sixth time in eight games to level their record at 22-22. D’Angelo Russell added 17 포인트들.
Evan Fournier scored 27 points and Julius Randle had 21 닉스를 위해, who lost for the second straight day and dipped back below .500 ...에서 22-23. 워커 득점 17 그의 19 후반전 포인트.
“It was a hard-fought game and didn’t get it done down the stretch,” 닉스의 톰 티보도 감독은.
The Knicks were protecting one-point leads when Walker made 3-pointers with 5:27 과 4:36 남은, and his third straight made it 107-102 와 3:41 놀다.
But the Wolves didn’t allow another basket and forced a couple big turnovers.
“I think that was key to turn it around,” Wolves coach Chris Finch said. “We got a couple steals right there and that led us to easy buckets.”
Minnesota got the ball back for the pivotal possession after an instant replay review overturned a call and ruled the ball out of bounds off the Knicks with 48 [object Window]. Towns made a strong move and scored while being fouled by Randle, 그것을 만들기 111-109.
Randle was fouled on the other end but made only one free throw, leaving Minnesota ahead by one. Patrick Beverley made one free throw with 19 seconds left and that was it for the scoring.
Towns scored 11 1분기 포인트, helping Minnesota take a 30-23 리드. The Wolves pushed their lead to 12 in the second quarter before taking a 61-51 lead to the break.
The Knicks scored 40 points in the third, taking a 91-86 lead to the fourth.
팀버울브스: Jaylen Norwell scored 14 포인트들. … The Wolves, who lead the NBA in turnovers forced, forced the Knicks into 18.
닉스: Both New York centers, Mitchell Robinson and Taj Gibson, fouled out. A third center, Nerlens Noel, remains out with a sore left knee. … RJ Barrett had 17 포인트들.
MONITORING THE MINUTES
With Walker’s return and rookie Quentin Grimes getting regular rotation minutes lately, the Knicks have plenty of players vying for backcourt minutes. Thibodeau said that would be sorted out step by step.
“You earn your minutes here with what you do in practice and then you have to wait for your opportunity,” 그는 말했다. “When your opportunity comes, be ready to go. But as I mentioned to you guys before, there’s a finite amount of minutes. There’s 240 의사록. So the guys who are performing well and get the job done, they’re in there.”
팀버울브스: Visit Atlanta on Wednesday.
닉스: Host New Orleans on Thursday.