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Karl Anthony-Towns converted the go-ahead three-point play with 29.3 seconds remaining moments after D'Angelo Russell came up with pivotal defensive play as the Minnesota Timberwolves (22-22) rallied down the stretch for a 112-110 (30-23, 31-28, 25-40, 26-19) victory over the host New York Knicks (22-23) on Tuesday night.

Player of the Game
Karl-Anthony  Towns
EFF
16
Karl-Anthony Towns
Points 20
Accuracy 6-12
Rebounds 5
Assists 3

The Timberwolves blew a 12-point lead, survived getting outscored 40-25 in the third quarter, and overcame a five-point deficit in the final 3:41 by outscoring New York 10-3 down the stretch.

Towns gave Minnesota a 111-109 lead when he drove around Julius Randle for a layup and converted the subsequent foul shot. His clutch hoop occurred shortly after Russell forced R.J. Barrett into a turnover when the ball deflected off Barrett's fingertips with 48.2 seconds left.

Officials initially ruled Russell deflected the ball out of bounds, but Minnesota regained possession after winning a replay challenge.

After Towns hit the go-ahead basket, Randle split two free throws with 24.3 seconds left and Patrick Beverley then split a pair of free throws with 19.2 seconds left.

Towns then blocked Evan Fournier's layup attempt with 4.9 seconds left and Alec Burks missed a 3-pointer with one second left.

Anthony Edwards led Minnesota with 21 points while Towns finished with 20. Russell added 17 and Jaylen Nowell chipped in 14 as the Wolves won for the sixth time in eight games.

Fournier led all scorers with 27 points and had 13 in New York's flawless third quarter. Randle added 21 points, nine assists, and nine rebounds while Kemba Walker scored 10 of his 19 in the fourth, including three 3-pointers in a span of 1:46 that put New York up 107-102 with 3:41 remaining.

Barrett finished with 17 points and also committed seven of New York's 18 turnovers.

The Wolves held a 61-51 lead at halftime and a 78-73 lead with 4:48 left in the third before the Knicks closed the third on an 18-8 run to claim a 91-86 lead.

Knicks: Evan Fournier 27 (5/7 2PT, 5/10 3PT, 4 AST), Julius Randle 21 (6/11 2PT, 9/11 FT, 9 REB, 9 AST, 4 BLK), Kemba Walker 19 (4/8 3PT, 4 AST), R.J. Barrett 17 (4/9 2PT, 2/7 3PT, 6 REB, 7 TO).

Timberwolves: Anthony Edwards 21 (6/8 2PT, 2/9 3PT, 4 TO), Karl-Anthony Towns 20 (4/8 2PT, 2/4 3PT, 6/7 FT, 5 REB), D'Angelo Russell 17 (4/8 3PT, 4 AST), Jaylen Nowell 14 (4/8 2PT, 6 REB), Malik Beasley 10 (2/4 3PT).

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New York Knicks
Minnesota Timberwolves
46%
37/80
Field goals
43%
35/81
57
Rebounds
50
21
Assists
21
6
Steals
10
101
Efficiency
106
60%
25/42
2-pointers
55%
22/40

Best players

Evan  Fournier
27 PTS
10/17 FG
2/2 FT
Anthony  Edwards
21 PTS
8/17 FG
3/4 FT
Julius  Randle
9 REB
7 DREB
2 OREB
Jarred  Vanderbilt
7 REB
4 DREB
3 OREB
Julius  Randle
9 As
3 TO
39 MIN
Patrick  Beverley
6 As
1 TO
30 MIN
Julius  Randle
27 EFF
55% 2P%
0% 3P%
Karl-Anthony  Towns
16 EFF
50% 2P%
50% 3P%