Knicks blow late lead but recover in time to escape with a win over slumping Timberwolves
Derrick Rose scored seven points in the Knicks late-game run to escape with a victory over the Timberwolves. AP

THE New York Knicks blew a late lead but recovered in time to turn back the Minnesota Timberwolves, 118-114, at the Madison Square Garden on Friday (Saturday, Manila time).

Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks charge early, building a 98-88 advantage after three quarters. But the Timberwolves went on a 12-2 tear to start the fourth period, and took a 102-101 lead halfway through the frame.

Derrick Rose and Kyle O’Quinn then combined for nine points in a 13-4 counter to retake the lead, 114-106, with 31 seconds remaining and the Knicks held off the Timberwolves until the final buzzer.

New York swept the season series against Minnesota and also won its second game in a row to improve to 10-9. All five starters scored in double digits, led by Anthony’s 29. Rose added 24, while O’Quinn finished with 20 points and 13 rebounds.

Zach LaVine led the slumping Timberwolves, who lost its fourth straight game, with 23 points. Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins added 20 and 19 markers, respectively. Nemanja Bjelica chipped in 17 off the bench.  

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