Wolves Edge Knicks In Game Of NBA Losers
NEW YORK (AP) — Zach LaVine made the tying and go-ahead free throws with 10.7 seconds left and scored six of his 20 points in overtime as the Minnesota Timberwolves outlasted the New York Knicks 95-92 on Thursday night in a matchup of the NBA's biggest losers.
Minnesota (15-53) ended a six-game losing streak and snapped a tie with the Knicks (14-54) for the NBA's worst record. New York can still win for losing, and now has pole position in the race for the No. 1 draft pick.
Kevin Martin scored 22 points and Andrew Wiggins had 20 for Minnesota despite shooting 4 for 17 from the field. Gorgui Dieng finished with 19 points and 11 rebounds, and his blocked shot triggered the fast break that set up LaVine's free throws.
Langston Galloway scored 21 points and Alexey Shved had 20 for the Knicks, who couldn't make it two wins in a row in OT after surprising San Antonio on Tuesday.
Depleted Wolves sign Kilpatrick, who was close to New York
NEW YORK (AP) — The Minnesota Timberwolves are so desperate for bodies they signed a player based on how quickly he could get to the game.
The Timberwolves signed guard Sean Kilpatrick to a 10-day contract Thursday, and he arrived in time to give them the league-mandated eight players in uniform for their game against the New York Knicks.
Decimated by injuries, the Wolves were granted an NBA hardship exception for a 16th roster spot because they had four players with injuries. But they needed someone who could get to New York in time, so they agreed to a deal with Kilpatrick, who was in Delaware with the 87ers of the NBA Development League.
Kilpatrick, the former University of Cincinnati star, arrived at Madison Square Garden about 45 minutes before the start.