The New York Knicks knocked off the Minnesota Timberwolves, 106-104, on Wednesday night after Carmelo Anthony nailed a game-winning jumper from the right wing over Andrew Wiggins with two seconds remaining:
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— Dan Favale (@danfavale) December 1, 2016
Despite Anthony’s heroics, it was Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns that was the star of the contest, finishing with a career-high 47 points to go along with 18 rebounds, three blocks, and two assists. The Knicks had no answer for Towns, who shot an absurdly efficient 15-for-22 from the field (including 0-for-3 from deep, meaning he missed only four of 19 shots inside the arc) and 17-for-20 from the free throw stripe. Entering the game, Towns was averaging 21.0 points and 9.5 rebounds per game, with his previous season-high in points having been 33 against Oklahoma City back on Nov. 5.
Even with the enormous game of Towns, Minnesota fell yet again, dropping their record on the season to 5-13. They had just five points contributed off their bench, but also saw all five starters play at least 33 minutes, with Towns, Andrew Wiggins, and Rick Rubio, all exceeding the 40-minute mark.
While Anthony hit the biggest shot of the game for New York, he ended the night just 5-for-16 from the field, including 1-for-6 from three. The star for the Knicks was yet again Kristaps Porzingis, who poured in 29 points and eight rebounds. He has established himself as the focal point of the New York offense, having taken at least 15 shots in 14 straight games. With the win, the Knicks move to 9-9 on the season and currently find themselves in eighth place in the Eastern Conference standings.