Foye, T’Wolves down slumping Knicks
New York, NY (Sports Network) – Randy Foye scored 19 points, hitting 5-of-6
three-pointers, to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves over the New York Knicks,
99-94, at Madison Square Garden.
Ricky Davis added 17 points and Kevin Garnett tallied 12 points and 15 boards
for Minnesota, which has won two of three to keep its slim playoff hopes
alive. Craig Smith had 15 points and six rebounds for the Timberwolves, who
drew within 5 1/2 games of the idle Clippers for the final spot in the West.
Minnesota has seven games remaining, while the Clippers play eight more times.
Nate Robinson scored 21 points and Eddy Curry had 20 and six boards for the
Knicks, who have dropped four straight to fall three games behind the idle
Orlando Magic for the final spot in the Eastern Conference playoff race.
Mardy Collins added a career-high 16 points and Channing Frye had 11 points
and seven boards for New York, which has lost eight of nine overall.
After New York came back from an 18-point halftime deficit to tie the game on
a pair of Collins baskets to open the fourth quarter, the Timberwolves
regained control of the game.
Foye drained consecutive three-pointers, as the Timberwolves built an 80-75
lead. After New York drew within 82-80, Garnett started a 9-3 run that gave
Minnesota some breathing room. Foye hit another trey during the surge, which
was capped by a Smith bucket for a 91-83 lead.
New York later made it interesting by drawing within 96-94 on a Renaldo
Balkman putback with 16.8 seconds left. Foye then just hit 1-of-2 from the
line with 13.8 remaining, but Minnesota grabbed the rebound, passed the ball
around for the next nine seconds before getting fouled and then running out
“They made a run and we didn’t give up,” said Foye. “We kept our composure and
got the win.”
Balkman ended with 10 points and eight boards for the Knicks, who played
almost the entire game without Stephon Marbury. The star guard injured his
toe in the second quarter and didn’t return to action until the final minute
of the fourth quarter.
“My foot got jammed on the back of Mike James and then hit the floor,” said
Marbury. “I’ve been fighting a jam since we played LA.
“Isiah put me in the game, basically as a decoy.”
The Timberwolves jumped out to a big first-half lead, scoring 11 of the first
13 points before going ahead 24-11 after Davis’ bucket late in the opening
quarter. Minnesota carried a 28-17 lead into the second quarter and used a
19-8 run midway through the second quarter to increase its lead to 18 points,
Minnesota continued to lead by 18 points at halftime, 59-41, but New York came
alive in the third to make it a game. Robinson’s three-pointer 5 1/2
minutes into the stanza cut the deficit to 10 points, 67-57, and the Knicks
later used an 11-4 run to end the quarter to make it a four-point game.
New York actually drew within 72-70 after a Curry bucket with just under
1 1/2 minutes to play in the quarter before Minnesota went into the fourth
with a 74-70 edge.
“I can’t figure out why we can’t duplicate halves,” said Garnett. “We played
two totally different halves. The big thing is to have consistency.”
The Knicks got the services of forward David Lee back after missing a good
portion of the second half of the season with a right leg injury…Minnesota
swept the season series from New York, winning for the fourth straight time.
The Timberwolves have also won 10 of the last 12 against the Knicks.