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NEW YORK (AP) “It was always Jacqueline Cruz-Towns’ favorite game, when her family could get together to watch her son play the New York Knicks in Madison Square Garden.

She died of complications from COVID-19 in April 2020, but Karl-Anthony Towns’ father, sister and other friends and family members were in the arena on Tuesday night.

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He gave them a great memory – and the Minnesota Timberwolves a big win.

Towns converted a go-ahead three-pointer with 29 seconds left and the Timberwolves edged the Knicks 112-110.

Towns, who grew up nearby in New Jersey, looked up at the roof on his first trip to the free throw line, a way of remembering his mother.

His final trip to the line ended up winning the game.

“I told my dad that everyone was going to have a chance to have their moment at Madison Square Garden and I felt like it was for me tonight. It was the greatest moment I’ve had at MSG,” Towns said. “Great crowd, great atmosphere, great energy and I have to shut everybody up, so that’s even better.”

The Knicks got a good game from Kemba Walker in his return from a nine-game absence with a sore left knee and held a lead for most of the fourth quarter.

But the Timberwolves rallied and then held on when Alec Burks missed a 3-pointer that would have won it in New York.

“I absolutely wanted to win, but we have to keep fighting,” Walker said. “This league is tough. It’s tough to win games in this league.

Anthony Edwards scored 21 points and Towns had 20 for Wolves, who won for the sixth time in eight games to tie their record at 22-22. D’Angelo Russell added 17 points.

D’Angelo Russell, Karl-Anthony Towns and Jaylen Nowell (Credit: Sarah Stier/Getty Images)

Evan Fournier scored 27 points and Julius Randle had 21 for the Knicks, who lost for the second straight day and fell below .500 at 22-23. Walker scored 17 of his 19 points in the second half.

“It was a tough game and it didn’t come down the stretch,” Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau said.

The Knicks were protecting the one-point lead when Walker made 3-pointers with 5:27 and 4:36 remaining, and his third straight made it 107-102 with 3:41 remaining.
But Wolves didn’t allow another field goal and forced a few big turnovers.

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“I think that was the key to turning things around,” Wolves manager Chris Finch said. “We had a few steals right there and that got us to some easy buckets.”

Minnesota won the ball for the essential possession after an instant replay review overruled a call and ruled out the ball for the Knicks with 48 seconds left. Towns made a strong move and scored while being fouled by Randle, making it 111-109.

Randle was fouled at the other end but only made one free throw, leaving Minnesota ahead by one. Patrick Beverley made a free throw with 19 seconds left and that was it for the score.

Towns scored 11 points in the first quarter, helping Minnesota take a 30-23 lead. Wolves extended their lead to 12 in the second quarter before taking a 61-51 lead at the break.

The Knicks scored 40 points in the third, taking a 91-86 lead in the fourth.

ADVICE

Timberwolves: Jaylen Norwell scored 14 points. … The Wolves, who lead the NBA in forced turnovers, forced the Knicks to 18.

Knicks: Both New York centers, Mitchell Robinson and Taj Gibson, were eliminated. A third center, Nerlens Noel, remains absent with pain in his left knee. … RJ Barrett had 17 points.

FOLLOW-UP OF MINUTES

With the return of Walker and rookie Quentin Grimes getting regular rotational minutes lately, the Knicks have plenty of players vying for backcourt minutes. Thibodeau said it would be sorted out step by step.

“You earn your minutes here with what you do in training and then you have to wait for your opportunity,” he said. “When the opportunity arises, be ready to go. But as I told you before, there is a limited number of minutes. There are 240 minutes. So the guys who perform well and get the job done , they are in there.

FOLLOWING

Timberwolves: Visit Atlanta on Wednesday.

Knicks: Host New Orleans on Thursday.

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