Knicks Bounce Back From 50 Point Drubbing To Blow Out T-Wolves

Published on: 27th January, 2010

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New York — One game after the Knicks were humiliated by a Madison Square Garden record 50 points to the Dallas Mavericks, they turned it around  tonight and treated the visiting Minnesota Timberwolves like the terrible team they truly are, beating up the Wolves, 132-105.

The Knicks snapped a two-game losing streak as they got off to a 15-0 start and never looked back.

Three Knicks scored 20 or more points, tonight. David Lee continued his All-Star season with 28 points and 11 rebounds, Al Harrington had 26 and 10, and Wilson Chandler scored 20 to go along with six rebounds.

“They responded (the 128-78 blowout loss to Dallas) in a good manner,” said Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni. “Now we just have to continue on from here. I did think we’d play well.”

The Knicks dominated in a wire to wire victory against one of the worst teams in the league. The Timberwolves came into this game with a 9-36 record and showed nothing tonight to make one believe they were better than their record.  

“We definitely wanted to get that 50-point loss, that taste out of our mouth,” Harrington said. “So everybody was just locked in.”

Defensively, the Knicks stepped up their effort and energy, taking a 40-16 lead in the opening quarter. The Wolves weren’t able to get into their offense all night as the Knicks forced Minnesota into 22 turnovers.

“Usually, when you get fired up and play good defense, the rest of your game is better,” D’Antoni added.

The Knicks shared the ball very well all night as they compiled 32 assists against only 13 turnovers while shooting 17-40 from three-point land.  

They tied their season-high for most points in a game. Earlier in the season, they put up 132 against Indiana.

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Al Harrington had a big game with 26 points and 6 rebounds as well as Nate Robinson, who despite nursing a sore hamstring, chipped in with 13 points and 5 assists.

The one negative for the Knicks continues to be Chris Duhon’s shooting slump. Duhon, who has clearly lost confidence in his shot, was shut out but he did contribute 13 assists.

D’Antoni is not too concerned with Duhon’s slump.

“He can’t make a shot right now,” he said. “I’ve been there. There’s no use talking about it. He puts a lot of pressure on himself but he’ll get through it. He shouldn’t even worry about it. It’ll come back.”

“Chris is very important to the team, whether he makes shots or not,” said Harrington. “He is crucial to our floor game and finding open men.”

The Knicks, now 18-26, are three and half games behind the eighth place spot for the playoffs as the teams ahead of them, Milwaukee, in 9th place, Charlotte, in eighth, and Chicago, in the seventh position have begun to play more solid basketball.

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