Sunday, November 3, 2013
Reaction: Timberwolves 109, Knicks 100
By Ian Begley
NEW YORK -- So much for that fast start.
The New York Knicks hoped to duplicate last season's surprising 6-0 start, but that's not happening.
New York showed some life in the second half against Minnesota on Sunday but couldn't overcome a disturbingly sloppy first two quarters had in a 109-100 loss to the Timberwolves on Sunday.
Early on, the Knicks played like a team that had just run the New York City Marathon, falling behind by as many as 25 points in the first half. They cut the lead to two with 4:45 to play but could get no closer as Minnesota outscored the Knicks 9-2 to end the game. The Knicks are 1-2 on the season and under .500 for the first time in more than a year.
Too many turnovers: The Knicks may have had a chance to win if they hadn't been so careless with the ball early on.
New York had 13 turnovers in the first half. Minnesota scored 16 points off of those turnovers and led by 21 after the first quarter.
The turnovers helped the T-Wolves crush New York in transition, 23-14. They led 23-8 through three quarters in fast-break points.
Melo off mark:Carmelo Anthony has been pretty cold from the field in the first three games of the season. He shot 2-for-9 in the first half on Sunday and finished 8-for-21 with 22 points. He added a whopping 17 rebounds. Anthony entered play Sunday shooting just 37.5 percent from the floor.
K Mart minutes limit: Mike Woodson has been instructed to play Kenyon Martin no more than 10 minutes per game. But that rule was broken on Sunday as Martin played 16 minutes. He had six points and six rebounds. Martin is nursing a nagging left ankle injury.
Bargnani better:Andrea Bargnani was one of the few bright spots for the Knicks. New York's big offseason acquisition had a breakout game on Sunday.
He had 12 points on 5-for-9 shooting in the first half but played just five minutes in the second half as Woodson turned to a small lineup.
Metta World Peace also shot well in the first half, scoring 12 points on 5-for-10 shooting. He finished with 17 points. The Knicks outscored Minnesota by 17 in his 21 minutes on the floor.