The players and coach Tom Thibodeau weren’t happy with another loss. But I can’t help but think maybe the team found something defensively in the fourth quarter of tonight’s two-point loss to the Knicks at Target Center.
Down 17 with just under 8 minutes left, the Wolves tied the game twice in the final minute before future hall of famer Carmelo Anthony, with Andrew Wiggins all over him, hit an 18-footer to win the game. These two teams will have a rematch Friday in New York.
Here are some take-aways from the game:
--What an incredible night for Karl-Anthony Towns, who scored 47 points and 18 rebounds. He also blocked three shots and had a steal. It is the third-youngest player since the 1983-84 season to tally 45 points and 15 rebounds in a game. Only Kevin Durant and Shaquille O’Neal did it at a younger age.
--Only three players since the start of the 1963-64 season have scored 47 points at a younger age: Brandon Jennings, LeBron James (twice) and Durant.
--Wiggins worked very hard and did a very good job guarding Anthony tonight, holding him to 14 points on 5-for-16 shooting. And he managed to score 19 points with seven rebounds himself. Wiggins was a game-high plus-12.
--All five Wolves starters had a plus rating tonight. But the bench – outscored 43-5 – was a disaster.
--This was Anthony’s 18th career game-winning jumper in the final 10 seconds of a game.