Karl-Anthony Towns finished an assist shy of a triple-double for Minnesota..
The win put Minnesota just a 1/2 game behind the San Antonio Spurs for 3rd place in the Western Conference. He shot an efficient 9-for-15 from the field and 2-for-4 from the 3-point line.
In his first year back with the Knicks after a signing a four-year, $71 million contract in the offseason, Hardaway entered the night averaging 17.8 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.3 assists in 21 games.
Compared to other sports, the National Basketball Association is known for it's unpredictable nature when it comes to player movement - at least in the past 4-5 years or so anyway - as free agency and the trade period yield insane results every season, with at least one move happening that no one saw coming. NY hit 60.5 percent from the field in the opening 24 minutes and led by as many as eight points.
Timberwolves: Minnesota had its sixth straight sellout, the longest streak for the franchise since it sold out 48 straight games from 1990-92. Minnesota has nine sellouts this season. Jack also had a team-high eight assists.
Not only is Towns younger than Griffin, proving him to be more valuable to the Wolves compared to the 28-year-old Griffin, but he is ten times more reliable in terms of health, as Griffin has been marred with injuries nearly his entire career, whereas KAT hasn't had a major injury to speak of, playing every single game of his career thus far.
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Hardaway, who hadn't played since late November due to a stress injury in his left leg, scored 16 off the bench in 25 minutes.
The Knicks are close to being whole again with Tim Hardaway Jr. returning to the lineup Friday following a 20-game absence. Coach Jeff Hornacek said Hardaway would play limited minutes in a reserve role as he tries to build up stamina. "His speed will pick up".
Towns finished with 23 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists.
The Wolves have been led by the starting five all season, but the bench provided a big spark on Friday.
Towns, Bjelica (10 points) and Crawford (10) were three of eight Timberwolves scoring in double figures. NY led much of the second half and entered the fourth with the lead before Minnesota went on an 18-4 run to seize control.
After falling behind 27-24 in the first quarter, the Wolves outscored the Knicks 94-81 in the final three quarters. "Whoever's out there, we're going to do it".