Karl-Anthony Towns shut down the Knicks with 23 points as New York dropped another road game, 118-108.
Towns just missed a triple-double after recording 15 rebounds and nine assists. Andrew Wiggins dropped 16 points on 7-for-20 shooting while Taj Gibson worked the middle with 17 points on 8-of-11 from the field.
Eight Wolves players finished with double-digit points, including Jimmy Butler (13), Jeff Teague (12), and Jamal Crawford (10).
The big story for the Knicks was the return of Tim Hardaway Jr. after missing 20 straight games with a stress reaction in his leg. Hardaway made the best of his 24 minutes on the floor, shooting 6-for-13 and 4-of-8 from three for a total 16 points in his return.
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Jarrett Jack continued his hot play with 18 points on 7-for-12 from the field and eight assists.
Kristaps Porzingis may have had a double-double (17 points, 10 rebounds), but he struggled from the field shooting 6-for-19 while registering a -15 while on the floor.
Enes Kanter added 16 points with Courtney Lee pouring in 14 as well.
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Tim Hardaway Jr. definitely gave the Knicks a big boost in his return tonight. The problem is the Knicks were dreadful in the fourth quarter, especially in the first six minutes, scoring just six points...with Hardaway Jr. on the bench.
The Timberwolves are just so good and playing so well, now winners of 11 of their last 14 games. They move the ball so much better than the Knicks, and made that clear late in the game.
Kristaps Porzingis had another bad night, finishing with 17 points on just 6-of-19 from the field. Michael Beasley only played 15 minutes tonight, where he had 10 points in four minutes at one point and finished with 13.
Jeff Hornacek has to make adjustments to get his best scorers out there and with Hardaway's return, changes have got to be made. This offense definitely needed Hardaway though, and he helped keep them in the game for the first three quarters. We'll see how the Knicks against some beatable teams coming up if they can get to .500.
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What's next: The Knicks return home for a matchup with the Anthony Davis and the Pelicans on Sunday at 3:30 p.m.