The Knicks nearly lost a 21-point lead on Sunday, but held out late to beat the Timberwolves.
It was a bad win, but it showed how the franchise has taken a step in the right direction this season.
“This has only shown growth. Understanding that we are a different team from last year, in terms of mental state. How we hug. When it’s close, understanding the stakes, ”Taj Gibson said after his defense of Karl-Anthony Towns helped New York seal the win.
Knicks teams of the last half decade or so probably lose a game like the one on Sunday. In past seasons, such a loss usually started a downward spiral that ended in the firing of a manager or manager.