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New York Knicks point guard Derrick Rose (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Knicks point guard Derrick Rose (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

The Minnesota Timberwolves have reached out to the New York Knicks about possibly acquiring guard Derrick Rose, according to ESPN's Ian Begley.

Before he joined the Knicks last summer, Rose played several seasons with the Chicago Bulls under Tom Thibodeau, the current Timberwolves coach. 

Several teams have reached out to the Knicks about Rose, according to Begley. The NBA trade deadline is Thursday at 3 p.m. ET.

Rose, 28, has averaged 17.7 points, 4.5 assists and 3.9 rebounds in 48 games in his first season with the Knicks. He is set to become a free agent at the end of the season.

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 (Ken Blaze)
(Ken Blaze)

The young Minnesota Timberwolves felt they were flat in a 109-103 home loss to the Indiana Pacers on Thursday, unable to build on the positive feelings they had from a road win at Phoenix in their previous game.

Hosting the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday, Minnesota will see if it learned anything from Thursday's loss and starting slow.

 

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New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis dunks as Sacramento Kings center Kosta Koufos looks on during the second quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis dunks as Sacramento Kings center Kosta Koufos looks on during the second quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA Today Sports Images)

Derrick Rose and Carmelo Anthony each scored 20 points and the New York Knicks held off the Sacramento Kings 106-98 on Sunday night for their eighth win in 11 games.

The Knicks took a 21-point lead in the first half, gave up 18 consecutive points in the third quarter but outplayed the Kings down the stretch to win their third straight overall and improve to 9-3 at home.

Brandon Jennings added 19 points for New York and Kristaps Porzingis finished with 15 points and 14 rebounds.

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Dec 2, 2016; New York, NY, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns (32) passes the ball while defended by New York Knicks power forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) and center Kyle O'Quinn (9) during the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
Dec 2, 2016; New York, NY, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns (32) passes the ball while defended by New York Knicks power forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) and center Kyle O'Quinn (9) during the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

NEW YORK (AP) -- Carmelo Anthony scored 29 points, Derick Rose had 24 and Kyle O'Quinn added 20 points and 13 rebounds as the New York Knicks defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves 118-114 on Friday night.

Zach LaVine scored 24 points and Karl-Anthony Towns had 20 for the Timberwolves.

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 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

The Knicks take on the Timberwolves in the back end of a home-and-home at Madison Square Garden on Friday night at 7:30 p.m.

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Nov 30, 2016; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) dribbles against Minnesota Timberwolves forward Nemanja Bjelica (88) during the second quarter at Target Center. (Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports)
Nov 30, 2016; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) dribbles against Minnesota Timberwolves forward Nemanja Bjelica (88) during the second quarter at Target Center. (Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports)

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Kristaps Porzingis had 29 points and eight rebounds in a thrilling duel with Karl-Anthony Towns, helping the New York Knicks beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 106-104 on Wednesday night. 

Carmelo Anthony capped a quiet night with a game-winning 18-footer over Andrew Wiggins with 2.3 seconds to play, helping the Knicks avoid what would have been an epic collapse in the fourth quarter. 

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 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

The Minnesota Timberwolves need to find a way to right the ship after once again failing to close out a game, the latest instance coming Monday against the Utah Jazz.

They'll have two straight chances against the New York Knicks to do so. Minnesota hosts New York on Wednesday at Target Center before traveling to Madison Square Garden for another game against the Knicks on Friday.

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Brooklyn Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson reacts during the third quarter against the Detroit Pistons at Barclays Center. Brooklyn Nets won 109-101. (Anthony Gruppuso)
Brooklyn Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson reacts during the third quarter against the Detroit Pistons at Barclays Center. Brooklyn Nets won 109-101. (Anthony Gruppuso)

The Brooklyn Nets (2-4) will face off with the Minnesota Timberwolves (1-4) in Brooklyn on Tuesday night.

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Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) gestures after scoring a three point basket during the first quarter against the Detroit Pistons at Barclays Center. (Anthony Gruppuso)
Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) gestures after scoring a three point basket during the first quarter against the Detroit Pistons at Barclays Center. (Anthony Gruppuso)

While a 2-4 start to a season may not sound impressive, the Brooklyn Nets have performed a lot better than many people believed they would. Besides for a blowout loss against the Bulls, the Nets lost their other three games by a combined 11 points. Minnesota Timberwolves assistant coach Andy Greer has watched tape and seen that Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson is getting maximum effort from his team, a roster consisting of five players that are 23 years old or younger. 

"They're playing younger guys than they did in the past," Greer told SNY.tv. "But you know, they still have Brook Lopez, who's really good. They're playing really hard. Kenny [Atkinson] is doing a good job with them."

It is no surprise that Lopez is the leader and star of this young Brooklyn Nets team. In his ninth season with the Nets, Lopez is the team's longest tenured member. But this season has seen a new addition to Lopez's arsenal of moves.

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(Brad Penner)

NEW YORK - Tom Thibodeau has his point guard.

Already armed with several of the best young, dynamic players in the NBA like Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns, the Wolves added another, selecting Providence point guard Kris Dunn with the fifth overall pick of the NBA Draft Thursday evening at Barclays Center.

Dunn, a New London, Conn. native who was passed up at No. 3 by the Boston Celtics in favor of Jaylen Brown, is the highest draft pick out of the Big East program since Otis Thorpe went ninth overall in 1984. Dunn is the first Friar to be drafted since Ricky Ledo in 2013.

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New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis shoots in the second half at Madison Square Garden. (William Hauser/USATSI)
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis shoots in the second half at Madison Square Garden. (William Hauser/USATSI)

The Knicks travel to face the 76ers on the road for a 7 p.m. game on Friday.

According to STATS:

  • The Knicks defeated the 76ers 99-87 at Madison Square Garden on December 2. Overall, New York has won six of the last seven games in this series, although the one 76ers' victory in that stretch came the last time the teams played in Philadelphia (March 20, 2015).
  • With its 107-102 victory over the Timberwolves on Wednesday, New York improved to 8-2 in 2015-16 when scoring 100+ points. They were just 10-6 last season when scoring 100 or more points.
  • Philadelphia has three players (Isaiah Canaan, Hollis Thompson & Robert Covington) with 40+ three-pointers this season. That is tied for the most players in the NBA.
  • Kristaps Porzingis tied his career high when he had seven blocked shots in Wednesday's win over the Timberwolves; Porzingis also had seven blocks against the Rockets on November 21. The last time any rookie had at least three games in a season with 7+ blocks was in 1997-98 (Tim Duncan, 5 & Kelvin Cato, 3).
  • Arron Afflalo had 29 points against the Timberwolves on Wednesday. It was just his second 20+ point game of the season after recording 12 such performances last season.
  • Jahlil Okafor had 19 points in Wednesday's loss to the Hawks, snapping his streak of four consecutive 20+ point contests. On the season, Okafor has 11 games with 20+ points; that is nearly as many as all the other rookies have combined for (15).
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Minnesota Timberwolves guard Andrew Wiggins (22) has his shot blocked by New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) during the first half of an NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden. ( Adam Hunger)
Minnesota Timberwolves guard Andrew Wiggins (22) has his shot blocked by New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) during the first half of an NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden. ( Adam Hunger)

In a battle of rookie sensations, the Timberwolves seemed to have Kristaps Porzingis' number on the offensive end. The Knicks took an early and comfortable lead in the first half, clearly looking like a superior team. But as Karl-Anthony Towns began to heat up to start the third quarter, a twenty-point lead dwindled down to single digits, and Minnesota began to put the pressure on.

But luckily for Porzingis, this game was undeniably about a group effort, as a plethora of his teammates came to play in different ways. As Carmelo Anthony struggled to get high-percentagte looks, he crashed the boards with abandon and fought for opportunities, be it for himself or his teammates. The star missed a triple-double by one assist. What's more, Arron Afflalo had himself a dominant night on the offensive end, confidently hitting shots from deep, cashing in on his bread and butter buckets from the corners, and effectively attacking the basket to get to the line. Pouring in a game-high 29 points, he did it all.

And then there was Porzingis, who while struggling from the field, led one of the most spirited defensive efforts from New York all season long. He made his presence felt in another way. Towns' struggles early on and the opponent's inability to find an offensive rhythm was largely in part due to Porzingis, who was all over the place pestering players underneath the basket. His seven blocks tied his own Knicks' rookie record.

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Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns (32) celebrates (Brace Hemmelgarn)
Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns (32) celebrates (Brace Hemmelgarn)

The Knicks welcome the Timberwolves to New York for a 7 p.m. game on Wednesday.

According to STATS...

  • Minnesota won each of the two meetings between these clubs in 2014-15, sweeping the season series from New York for the first time since the 2006-07 campaign. The Timberwolves have won each of their last two road games against the Knicks, last losing to them there back on December 23, 2012.
  • The Timberwolves have dropped three straight and seven of their last eight games, including a 112-100 loss to the Nuggets on Tuesday. Minnesota is 0-3 in the second of back-to-back games this season.
  • The Knicks saw their four game losing streak come to an end with a 112-110 victory over the Trail Blazers on Saturday. New York has lost four of its last five meetings against Western Conference opponents.
  • Carmelo Anthony scored a season high-tying 37 points against Portland on Saturday after reaching the 20-point plateau just twice in his previous seven contests. Anthony has scored at least 20 points in each of his last seven meetings with Minnesota.
  • Kristaps Porzingis was held scoreless against Portland on Saturday for the first time in his NBA career, the second time in his last three games that he has failed to reach five points. However, Porzingis has scored at least 17 points in each of his last four home games, averaging 21.0 points per game in that span.
  • Karl-Anthony Towns is averaging 18.5 points and shooting 61.3 percent from the field over his last six games after averaging 8.4 points on 45.2 percent shooting in his previous five contests. Towns has had at least one blocked shot in 15 consecutive games -- the longest active streak in the NBA.
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New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) shoots over Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) during the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Anthony Gruppuso)
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) shoots over Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) during the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Anthony Gruppuso)

(AP) -- While Karl-Anthony Towns has broken through what may have been an early rookie wall, struggling Kristaps Porzingis insists he isn't sure what that means.

In a matchup pitting two of the top four picks in this year's draft, Towns will try to help the visiting Minnesota Timberwolves avoid their eighth loss in nine games Wednesday night against Porzingis and the New York Knicks.

After he was selected first overall in the June draft, Towns - a New Jersey native - watched as Knicks fans booed the selection of Porzingis three picks later.

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The Nets (39-33) defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves (36-36) Sunday by a final score of 114-99.

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[sny-box]Paul Pierce had 22 points on 8-of-11 shooting, including 5-of-8 from behind the arc. He also added five rebounds and two steals.

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