National Basketball Association
Minnesota 102, New York 101
When: 8:00 PM ET, Wednesday, March 31, 2021
Where: Target Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota
#4 Sean Wright, #9 Natalie Sago, #85 Robert Hussey
Malik Beasley's 3-pointer with 37.8 seconds left Wednesday night capped a comeback from a 13-point, fourth-quarter deficit for the Minnesota Timberwolves, who beat the New York Knicks 102-101 in Minneapolis.
Beasley's 3-pointer gave the Timberwolves their first lead since they were ahead 10-9 in the first quarter and completed an evening filled with uphill climbs for the Timberwolves.
Minnesota cut an 18-point, second-quarter deficit to one at the half but trailed by as many as 12 in the third and trailed by nine with 6:54 left before ending the game on a 17-7 run.
Anthony Edwards (nine points) and Karl-Anthony Towns (five points) scored the first 14 points in the Timberwolves' run before Edwards kicked the ball out to a wide-open Beasley, who sank the go-ahead basket.
The teams traded turnovers before Reggie Bullock stole the ball from Towns following a miss by Julius Randle.
The Knicks called timeout with 5.1 seconds left, but RJ Barrett, pressured by Towns, missed a fallaway jumper just before the buzzer sounded.
Edwards finished with 24 points and Towns contributed 18 points and 17 rebounds for the Timberwolves, who snapped a two-game losing streak and improved their record to 12-36, still the worst in the NBA. Beasley scored 20 points and Jaden McDaniels added 18 points.
Randle had 26 points and 12 rebounds for the Knicks, who have lost two straight following a three-game winning streak. Barrett scored 23 points, followed by Elfrid Payton (17), Alec Burks (13) and Bullock (10).
The Knicks took their 18-point lead by going on a 19-3 run spanning the first and second quarters. Randle scored the final two baskets of the first for New York, which scored six of the last seven points to take a 26-19 lead.
The teams traded baskets to open the second quarter before Barrett drained a 3-pointer and Burks scored eight straight points to put the Knicks up 39-21 with 8:11 left in the half.
The Timberwolves chipped away and finished the second on a 12-3 run in which Edwards and Ricky Rubio each scored five points before missing potential go-ahead 3-pointers in the final 35 seconds of the half.
Randle scored the final six points of the third quarter to give the Knicks an 81-70 lead.
--Field Level Media
Top Game Performances
Julius Randle 26
Anthony Edwards 24
Julius Randle 6
Ricky Rubio 7
Julius Randle 12
Karl-Anthony Towns 17
RJ Barrett 4
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Malik Beasley 5
Reggie Bullock 2
Anthony Edwards 3
Taj Gibson 3
Anthony Edwards 4
Team Stats Summary
Minnesota will play their next game on the road against Memphis. The Timberwolves have a W/L % of .167 after a win and .278 after a loss.
New York will play their next game at home against Dallas. The Knicks have a W/L % of .480 after a win and .522 after a loss.