Nobody has done this before.

No, I'm not talking about the Wolves giving up 130 points.


For the third time this season.

Nope, never before in NBA history, according to Elias Sports Bureu, has a team followed a 50-point loss by winning by as many as 27 points the next time out, as the Knicks did tonight.

On Sunday afternoon at Madison Square Garden, a Dallas team without Jason Kidd clobbered the Knicks 128-78.

Tonight, the Knicks started by scoring the game's first 15 points, a burst that convinced Kurt Rambis to make practically a complete line change (sorry, I'm mixing my sports and perhaps my metaphors) by removing every starter but Jonny Flynn and inserting four subs just three minutes into the game.

I asked Rambis afterward what was going through his mind what was going through his mind at that point and he dryly said he was thinking his starters weren't playing very well and maybe a change might help his team score at least a point or two.

He had moved Kevin Love to the bench tonight and started Ryan Gomes at power forward hoping Gomes would help the starters keep up with the Knicks' preferred pace and hoping Love would strengthen the second unit.

Next idea?

The Wolves surrendered 40 points in the first quarter alone to a Knicks team that reached its 78 Sunday total by midway through the third quarter tonight. They scored at will, including 17 threes.

Al Jefferson was held to a season-low four points and now has scored in single digits in consecutive games. He also played fewer than 24 minutes.

Until Saturday's 9-point game at Milwaukee, he hadn't been held under 10 points in a game since Nov. 6, the last time the Wolves played Andrew Bogut and Milwaukee.

Love played just 17:30 didn't approach a single double (6 points, 5 boards) let alone a double-double.

The Knicks' 77-point turnaround was Sunday was third most in NBA history.

The top two:

Golden State lost by 63 points at L.A. on March 19, 1972, then won at Baltimore by 20 on March 22.


That tells you how long ago that was.

Philadelphia lost by 56 at Sacramento on Jan. 2, 1993, then beat New Jersey by 26 on Jan. 6.

The good news for the Wolves: They don't have long to think about this one. They play again Wednesday night.

The bad news:

They played LeBron James and the 35-11 Cavs in Cleveland.

Oh, boy...