Towns' Near Triple-Double Leads Wolves Over Knicks

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Outside of draining three 3-pointers in five tries, the Unicorn wasn't much of a match for the Wolves in this one.

Karl-Anthony Towns almost put up a triple-double as the Timberwolves won their fourth game in a row, defeating Kristaps Porzingis and the New York Knicks at Target Center. The Wolves struggled to contain recent Knicks bench sensation Michael Beasley, for example. It put the Wolves within two, 57-55, going into half.

And when we say one really good quarter?

Jamal Crawford's three-pointer - he was fouled on the play but missed the free throw - extended Minnesota's lead to 19 but the Knicks rallied to within 113-102 with 2:43 to play. The Wolves have been on another level defensively and held each of their last seven opponents below 100 points before tonight. The winning streak isn't.

Karl-Anthony Towns dominated, scoring 23 points on 9-of-15 shooting while grabbing 15 rebounds and dishing out nine assists. He was one of eight Wolves players to score 10 or more points.

Jeff Teague was rusty once again (3-11 FG, 1-6 3P), but overall played a solid game with four steals and eight assists. Taj Gibson had 17, Andrew Wiggins 16, Jimmy Butler 13, Jeff Teague 12 and Gorgui Dieng 10 to round out the balanced Minnesota attack. The Knicks had seven players score in double figures including point guard Jarrett Jack, who scored 18.

Kanter (12 rebounds) and Porzingis (10) recorded double-doubles for the Knicks.

Tim Hardaway Jr., returning from a stress fracture in his leg, chipped in with 16 points, while Kristaps Porzingis had 17, Enes Kanter 16, Courtney Lee 14, Michael Beasley 13 and Kyle O'Quinn 12 for NY.

After falling behind 27-24 in the first quarter, the Wolves outscored the Knicks 94-81 in the final three quarters. Then, in the third quarter, they outplayed the Knicks for the first few minutes, building a modest lead of their own.

With five seconds left in the second quarter, Towns hit Butler with an over-the-head pass which gave Butler an easy layup. But the Knicks went on a 14-4 run, drawing within nine points just under the two minutes mark. The Clippers would've also needed to create another roster spot for the hypothetical incoming third Timberwolves player.

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