The Knicks had the game all but wrapped up as they led by 17 points with 7:30 left to play in the game.
Surprisingly, it was the starters that were the ones blowing the lead.
Unfortunately for the Minnesota Timberwolves, the Knicks countered Towns' effort with their own second-year superstar in Kristaps Porzingis. "Our fourth quarter was better, it was just a tough game for us", Dieng said.
NY (9-9) led by as many as 17 points in the fourth quarter before Minnesota was able to tie it at 102 on a 3-pointer by guard Zach LaVine, who was 0-for-4 from long range before that shot.
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Plumlee worked hard in his 19 minutes and the Knicks benefited from it.
Timberwolves: Wiggins had 19 points, seven rebounds and four assists.
Despite his late-game heroics, don't expect anything like Wednesday night's first quarter to happen again.
He was not alone producing with the second unit. Rose wasn't very bad, but the Knicks looked better with Jennings out there. Hornacek has been urging Jennings to be more aggressive offensively looking for his shot.
Beal's three-pointer with 5:25 left in regulation put the Wizards up 97-90. "It's unfortunate that we couldn't pull out the win". Courtney Lee suffered a sprained ankle in the first half and did not return to action. If he is sidelined, Justin Holiday could slide into the starting lineup but Jennings could absorb more minutes as well.
After the Timberwolves lost to Utah on Monday, a despondent Towns vowed to do more to help his team win.
Towns scored 22 points in the first quarter in which he was 8-of-8 from the floor and 6-of-8 from the free-throw line. He also blocked three shots.
He had connected on just four of 15 shots before that, a disappointing performance that was forgotten in the glow of his game-winner-the 18th of his career in the final 10 seconds of a game. The Timberwolves bench scored only five points, compared to 43 from the Knicks bench. "We are going to see (the Knicks) in a couple of days". Add in the injury to Lance Thomas and the question marks mounted even more. They probably won't be able to count on a similar night from Towns in that one, but that's fine. Central Time as Minnesota tries once again to get back on track.
Notable: After averaging 15.4 minutes off the bench in three games Jones was limited to just six Wednesday, and didn't record a shot in the Wolves' loss to the Knicks.