Timberwolves beat Knicks 106-100 in preseason
Kevin Love and Martell Webster each scored 17 points to lead the
Minnesota Timberwolves to a 106-100 win over the New York Knicks in
an exhibition game Wednesday night.
Anthony Randolph led the Knicks with 14 points and Amare
Stoudemire added 11.
Stoudemire, the Knicks’ biggest offseason addition, hit only
four of 11 field goal attempts. He scored 32 points on Sunday when
the Knicks beat Italian team Olimpia Milano 125-113.
Stoudemire was surprised by Minnesota’s defense.
”We’re not used to seeing that in preseason,” he said. ”We
definitely committed too many fouls, something we talked about
The Timberwolves also won their first European preseason tour
game with a 111-92 victory against the Los Angeles Lakers on
Minnesota’s Michael Beasley, who scored 21 points against the
Lakers, had 13 against the Knicks.
”We got the flexibility, we got the draft choices and free
agents we were looking at. We feel like we are on our way to
building a high-caliber team,” Timberwolves coach Kurt Rambis
said. ”We got off to a horrible start. We didn’t play well at the
beginning, that’s a simple fact, and then we did a pretty good job
starting with the second half.
Love said his team needs to cut out the mistakes.
”After halftime, we cut down on turnovers. We know we ended up
with 30 plus (turnovers), which is atrocious to say the least,”
Love said. ”We’re going to have to clean that up. That’s part of
us being a very young team.”
Knicks guard Wilson Chandler scored nine points to help his team
to a 29-22 advantage at the end of the first quarter.
Minnesota got back into the game after Stoudemire missed a
couple of shots and was replaced by Danilo Gallinari after
committing his third foul.
Beasley’s dunk off a rebound tied the game at 40-40, before Love
put them ahead with a tip-in. Gallinari’s 3-pointer then put the
Knicks back in front.
The Knicks led 48-47 at halftime, with Stoudemire getting six
points. Love had 11 and Randolph 10.
The Timberwolves took a 72-63 lead in the third quarter when
Anthony Tolliver made both free throws after he had been fouled by
France center Ronny Turiaf, who was playing in front of his home
fans at Bercy indoor arena.
”We set up really well … then we made too many fouls,”
Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni said. ”But the energy is good.”
AP Sports Writer Samuel Petrequin contributed to this