Karl-Anthony Cities recorded recreation-highs with 23 factors, 15 rebounds and 9 assists, serving to the Timberwolves win a fourth straight recreation as they wind down on a 5-recreation homestand.
The loss was the Knicks’ tenth of their final thirteen video games.
The groups battled on close to-even phrases for 3 quarters, with the Timberwolves taking simply an 87-86 lead into the ultimate interval.
However that is when Bjelica, held to 2 factors off the bench for 3 quarters, made his recreation-profitable influence.
He opened the quarter with a three-pointer that prolonged the margin to 4 factors. Three minutes later, after he’d added a layup to his level complete, he buried one other three-pointer, making it a thirteen-three Minnesota run that ballooned the result in one hundred-89.
Cities added a 3-level play, whereas Tyus Jones and Jamal Crawford bombed in a three-pointer apiece, serving to the Timberwolves run off to a 113-ninety five lead with simply four:forty nine to go.
Cities, Bjelica (10 factors) and Crawford (10) have been three of eight Timberwolves scoring in double figures. Taj Gibson had 17, Andrew Wiggins sixteen, Jimmy Butler thirteen, Jeff Teague 12 and Gorgui Dieng 10 to spherical out the balanced Minnesota assault.
Teague complemented his 12 factors with eight assists, 4 rebounds and 4 steals.
The Knicks positioned seven gamers in double figures, led by Jarrett Jack with 18 factors.
Tim Hardaway Jr., coming back from a stress fracture in his leg, chipped in with sixteen factors, whereas Kristaps Porzingis had 17, Enes Kanter sixteen, Courtney Lee 14, Michael Beasley thirteen and Kyle O’Quinn 12 for New York.
Hardaway hit 4 of eight from three-level vary, because the Knicks misplaced regardless of making 50 % of their photographs from past the arc (12-for-24). New York additionally outshot Minnesota fifty four.2 % to fifty one.6 general from the sector.
Kanter (12 rebounds) and Porzingis (10) recorded double-doubles for the Knicks. Jack additionally had a staff-excessive eight assists.