Rapid Reaction: Knicks 118, Wolves 106

March, 5, 2014
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This time, there was no monumental collapse. There was no record-setting performance by the opponent. There was no embarrassing run of inept play.

This time, the Knicks took care of business. They built an early lead against Minnesota, protected it late and walked off the floor with a 118-106 win. In the process, they snapped a seven-game losing streak.

Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks with 33 points, Tyson Chandler added 15 points and 14 rebounds, and Raymond Felton had 18 points.

The Knicks improved to 22-40 and are 5 1/2 games behind Atlanta for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

The Knicks have 20 games to play, and history is against them.

No club has made the playoffs in an 82-game season with fewer than 36 wins since 1995. The Knicks would have to finish 14-6 to even hit that mark.

Hey Ray: Felton entered play shooting 22 percent from the floor in four games since being arraigned and charged with two weapons-related felonies last week.

Mike Woodson acknowledged that Felton seemed distracted, and Felton noted that things off the court had been weighing on him.

But Felton appeared to play worry-free on Wednesday, pouring in 18 points, handing out eight assists and coming up with four steals.

The Knicks outscored the Wolves by 21 in Felton's 31 minutes.

The point guard was forced to sit with four fouls in the second half. The Knicks lead went from 11 to two with Felton out. But the point guard returned in the fourth and hit a key layup in transition to give New York an eight-point cushion.

No Love: The Knicks held Minnesota star Kevin Love in check. Love finished with 19 points on 6-for-17 shooting.

Love was red hot coming into the game, averaging 32.9 points and shooting 46.4 percent from 3-point range in the previous seven games.

Love had also crushed the Knicks of late. In his past four meetings prior to Wednesday, Love averaged 32.5 points and 20.5 rebounds against the Knicks, according to STATS LLC.

Five alive: Woodson went with J.R. Smith and Amar'e Stoudemire in the starting lineup for the second straight game. Both responded. Stoudemire had 18 points on 8-for-18 shooting, and Smith had 14 points on 6-for-11 shooting.

Tim Hardaway Jr. had 11 off the bench as the Knicks led from buzzer to buzzer.

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Ian Begley

ESPN New York Writer

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Carmelo Anthony
PTS AST STL MIN
24.2 3.1 1.0 35.7
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsC. Anthony 6.6
AssistsJ. Calderon 4.7
StealsS. Larkin 1.2
BlocksS. Dalembert 1.3