Minnesota Timberwolves Continue Western Conference Dominance with Undefeated Home Record in NBA
MINNEAPOLIS — Anthony Edwards had 23 points, 10 rebounds and five assists for the Western Conference-leading Minnesota Timberwolves. They beat the New York Knicks 117-100 on Monday night. Their record is 6-0 at home, tying a franchise record. They have won 9 of their past 10 games, including a franchise-high 7 straight wins since 2004. These wins were also accompanied by a season-long streak of wins.
“We all have the will that’s needed to win on a daily basis,” said Karl-Anthony Towns. Minnesota forward Jaden McDaniels left with a sprained right ankle in the first quarter. He didn’t return. Nickeil Alexander-Walker, finishing with 11 points, three rebounds and three assists. Naz Reid added 10 points as the bench outscored New York’s reserves 43-30. Quentin Grimes started for the Knicks after missing the previous two games with a sprained left wrist.
Jalen Brunson scored 25 points and Julius Randle had 21 for New York, which shot 34.8% (32 of 92) to Minnesota’s 51.3%. The Knicks (8-6) came in allowing a league-low 104.9 points per game. “We missed some bunnies inside, and then we also missed some wide-open 3s,” said New York coach Tom Thibodeau.
“Minnesota has lacked one word, and it’s execution. If we can execute at a high level, we can see our fortunes change here,” added Karl-Anthony Towns. Both teams face their next games on Friday and Wednesday respectively.