Tom Thibodeau’s first game as a Minnesota opponent was also his last as manager of Ryan Saunders’ T-Wolves – relieved of his post following his 24th defeat this season, with just seven wins. New York had succeeded in wasting 21 lengths of advantage, but then led in the final by a Julius Randle with 25 points and 14 rebounds – complete with a free throw of overtaking 32 seconds from the siren – the Knicks managed to hold on tight. the eighth place in the East.
Minnesota tries everything to keep the game alive (and virtually also Ryan Saunders’ bench), with Karl-Anthony Towns unleashed in a fourth period closed by the T’Wolves with a score of 28-16 by the guests, dragged by his 27 points and 15 rebounds. An effort that does not change the substance of a match that becomes the fourth defeat in a row and the eighth in the last nine for Minnesota, still without D’Angelo Russell injured and who in the last year has been able to field Towns-Russell-Beasley together on the parquet for 103 minutes only.