Timberwolves 106, Knicks 100

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