Wolves win seventh straight at home, 118-108 over Knicks

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The Wolves are 11 games over.500 for the first time since the end of the 2003-04 season and the strong play of Karl-Anthony Towns and Butler is the reason why. Nemanja Bjelica opened it with a three-pointer, hit another shortly thereafter and the Wolves just kept rolling, building a lead as big as 19.

The Knicks jumped out to a modest early lead, causing the Wolves to play catch-up for much of the first half.

By the end of the frame, however, the Knicks had gotten back to within just one point of the home team due to some timely shooting from Tim Hardaway, Jr. Taj Gibson had 17, Andrew Wiggins 16, Jimmy Butler 13, Jeff Teague 12 and Gorgui Dieng 10 to round out the balanced Minnesota attack.

Towns had 23 points, 15 assists and a season-high nine assists, just missing his third career triple-double.

The Knicks placed seven players in double figures, led by Jarrett Jack with 18 points. He wasn't matched up with Porzingis one-on-one very often, but he was able to largely dominate Enes Kanter and Kyle O'Quinn.

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Up 19, the Wolves allowed the Knicks to pull within nine on Porzingis' basket with 2:10 left. Kristaps Porzingis had 17 points and 10 rebounds.

He opened the quarter with a 3-pointer that extended the margin to four points. The Wolves shot 54.5 percent from the floor and the 3-point line in the final quarter while outscoring the road team 31-22.

- he scored 11 second-quarter points - the Knicks went up 57-49 on Hardaway's three-pointer. The Clippers would've also needed to create another roster spot for the hypothetical incoming third Timberwolves player.

But that's when Bjelica, held to two points off the bench for three quarters, made his game-winning impact. Three minutes later, after he'd added a layup to his point total, he buried another 3-pointer, making it a 13-3 Minnesota run that ballooned the lead to 100-89.

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