The Timberwolves ended their season long six game home stand with a 100-94 loss to the New York Knicks on Friday night. Despite the loss, there were bright spots including a brilliant performance by Ricky Rubio who played his best game as a pro since his debut last season.
After trailing by much of the first half, the Wolves outscored the Knicks 31-18 to take a six point lead into the fourth quarter. That is when Carmelo Anthony took over. Anthony scored 12 of his game high 36 points in the quarter and the Knicks rallied in the closing moments for the win.
"Only thing you can do is try to contain him," Derrick Williams said about guarding Anthony. "You aren't going to stop him and hold him to 10-15 points. He's goint to get up there, 20,25,30 sometimes 40 points in a night. You just have to try and battle with him the whole time."
Rubio was aggressive on both ends of the floor scoring 18 points and dishing 11 assists in the loss. The second year guard looked as quick as he has since returning from knee surgery and played a season high 38 minutes.
The Wolves were at their best playing with a three guard lineup that included Rubio, Luke Ridnour, who finished the game with a team high 20 points and rookie Alexey Shved at the small forward position.
Derrick Williams scored 19 points and was extremely active on the offensive end of the floor. Nikola Pekovic picked up another double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds.
The Wolves hit the road Sunday as they travel to Memphis to face the Grizlies at 5PM. You can see the game on My29.