Given his stats and the team's struggle to stay above.500, Rose and Porzingis might as well be Langston Galloway and Andrea Bargnani, because we're seeing the same frustrating futility as years past - the common thread being that Carmelo Anthony is still out there doing Carmelo Anthony things.
Randle was one of many bright spots on a Lakers team that had five players in double-digits in a win over the Bulls.
Yes, Derrick Rose and Carmelo Anthony stepped up, but the Knicks got by far the best game of O'Quinn's NY career, after which Hornacek didn't rule out the possibility of the 6-foot-10 bearded wonder sticking as a starter even when Joakim Noah is healthy. "I just put it out there all I can". I am careful as to what I download or play on my devices and I take my time and do research for every game.
"I thought we did a good job until overtime on Westbrook", Brooks said.
Before that, the story had been Karl-Anthony Towns, but not the way it usually is. Porzingis scored 29 points and grabbed eight rebounds while Towns had a monster game with 47 points and 18 rebounds in the loss.
The Knicks moved to 10-9 while Tom Thibodeau's Timberwolves fell to 5-14.
With 2.3 seconds remaining, Anthony's jump shot over Timberwolves guard lifted the Knicks to victory in Minneapolis.
"That momentum shift is tough to stop", Hornacek said.
"Just the confidence in Carmelo being a 10-time All-Star, that's what those guys do", he said. Anthony's breakaway layup with 1:21 left gave the Knicks a six-point lead.
Knicks: Anthony had 14 points on 5-for-16 shooting.
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One thing that isn't up for debate, though, is that NY has a future superstar on its hands and it finally gives the Madison Square Garden faithful something to smile about.
Minnesota has even found creative ways to set Towns up with easy scoring opportunities, as he is one of just 10 players averaging more than 4.0 points per game as the roll man on pick-and-roll plays. Here's the kicker, if Anthony doesn't make that shot he takes the blame for another Knicks loss.
"I think it was a good show for everybody", Porzingis said. Towns also added 18 boards and three blocks. Otherwise, this team will be looking back two years from now wishing they hadn't squandered their new superstar's dirt-cheap rookie contract by indulging their old superstar's bad habits. The Minnesota Timberwolves are shooting 35 percent from beyond the arc and 77.5 percent from the free throw line.
After a sluggish first half, Towns erupted for 16 points in the third quarter, but NY maintained a 98-88 lead.
Minnesota Timberwolves forward Karl-Anthony Towns (32) shoots during the first quarter against the New York Knicks at Target Center.
Porzingis led NY with 29 points and eight rebounds.
The Knicks used a 15-3 burst midway through the first quarter to extend their lead to 23-8 en route to a 30-21 lead moving into the second quarter. Specifically, the contest against the Thunder where NY was outrebounded by 13 and head coach Jeff Hornacek said the team was "manhandled" on Monday night.
For the first 34 minutes of last night's game Melo did not play well at all.
Lillard was in full control on Wednesday, leading his Blazers to a much-needed win over a Paul George-less Pacers team. "It has to be done a lot harder".