Carmelo Anthony had 36 points and nine rebounds to lead the New York Knicks to a 100-94 National Basketball Association win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.
The Knicks (32-16) top the Eastern Conference’s five-team Atlantic Division, four games ahead of the Brooklyn Nets (29-21) who lost 89-74 to the Washington Wizards.
The Knicks, who had a 52-45 halftime advantage last night, were outscored 31-18 to trail by 76-70 at the end of the third quarter at Target Center in Minneapolis.
Derrick Williams made a 17-foot jumper with seven minutes left in the game to put the Timberwolves (18-29) ahead by 11 points 87-76.
Anthony scored 12 points in the final minutes to help the Knicks recover their lead. He reached at least 30 points for the 17th time this season.
The Knicks, who host the Los Angeles Clippers at Madison Square Garden tomorrow, spent the night in Minneapolis when the snowstorm that swept the U.S. Northeast interrupted their travel plans. They plan to leave today for New York if the weather permits.
At Verizon Center in Washington, Nenê had 20 points and 11 rebounds and John Wall added 15 for the Wizards, who owned a 51-31 lead at the half.
Washington (14-35) is third in the Eastern Conference’s five-team Southeast division, 20 games behind the league-leading Miami Heat.
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