Preview: Minnesota At New York

When: 7:30 PM  ET, Friday, December 2, 2016
Where: Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
Matchup Edge
MIN Edge in: NY
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Karl-Anthony Towns once again got the better of the individual matchup with fellow 2015 top-5 pick Kristaps Porzingis on Wednesday, but it was Porzingis and the New York Knicks going home with the win. Towns and the Minnesota Timberwolves will try to even things up when they visit the Knicks on Friday to close out the home-and-home set.

Towns exploded for a career-high 47 points and 18 rebounds at home on Wednesday but Carmelo Anthony buried the game-winning jumper with 2.3 seconds left to give New York a 106-104 triumph. Porzingis finished with 29 points on 11-of-20 shooting and eight rebounds but had no problem with the veteran taking over at the end. "I think it was a good show for everybody," Porzingis told reporters. "What's important is we got the win at the end." The loss was the third straight and the sixth in the last seven games for Minnesota, which will play a back-to-back on the road this weekend with a stop at Charlotte on Saturday.

TV:
7:30 p.m. ET, FSN North (Minnesota), MSG (New York)

ABOUT THE TIMBERWOLVES (5-13): Towns' monster game included a pair of tying free throws before Anthony's game-winner, but he was still unhappy with his performance. "I had miscues where I let things slide," Towns told reporters. "I missed free throws, missed some rebounds, missed some shots I should have made. I've got to do more." Towns ended up 17-of-20 from the free-throw line and 15-of-22 from the floor while posting his 10th double-double.

ABOUT THE KNICKS (9-9): Anthony heard cries from fans and media that the offense should run through Porzingis in the first month of the season, and he did not do much to quiet those voices while going 4-of-15 in the first 47 minutes on Wednesday. But Anthony, who failed to reach 20 points in any of the last three games and finished with 14 in the win, still got the shot when it mattered. "He made the shot at the end," New York coach Jeff Hornacek told reporters. "Just the confidence in Carmelo being a 10-time All-Star. That's what those guys do."

BUZZER BEATERS

1. Knicks C Joakim Noah (ankle) sat out Wednesday's meeting and is questionable for Friday.

2. Minnesota PF Nemanja Bjelica is 4-of-18 from 3-point range in the last five games.

3. Knicks SF Mindaugas Kuzminskas went 4-of-5 from 3-point range on Wednesday in 20 minutes off the bench.

PREDICTION: Knicks 109, Timberwolves 97

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Minnesota 5-13 L3 3-6 2-7 0-1 5-12 0-3 3-9
New York 9-9 W1 7-3 2-6 1-1 8-8 1-2 5-6

Last Meeting

Minnesota New York
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
11/30/16 NY 106 MIN 104 104 40 44.2 106 39 45.1

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
MIN K. Towns 47 68.2 17
NY K. Porzingis 29 55.0 4
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
MIN K. Towns 18 3 15
NY K. O'Quinn 8 2 6
Assists Player  
MIN R. Rubio 6
NY B. Jennings 7
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
MIN K. Towns 508 49.3 103
NY C. Anthony 481 43.6 83
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
MIN K. Towns 236 70 166
NY K. Porzingis 156 38 118
Assists Player  
MIN R. Rubio 117
NY B. Jennings 113

Quickchart Matchup

Minnesota  Off vs  New York Def
103.1 Points For
106.5 Points Against
44.8 FG%
45.4 FG%
41.8 Reb
44.9 Reb
New York Off vs  Minnesota Def
103.4 Points For
104.1 Points Against
44.6 FG%
47.1 FG%
44.9 Reb
41.0 Reb

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Minnesota Overall New York
5-13 W/L 9-9
6-12-0 ATS 10-8-0
9-9-0 O/U 8-10-0
103.1 Pts For 103.4
104.1 Pts Against 106.5
Minnesota A/H New York
2-7 W/L 7-3
3-6-0 ATS 7-3-0
5-4-0 O/U 4-6-0
99.2 Pts For 105.4
106.2 Pts Against 103.1