Knicks Defeat Timberwolves 100-94, Nets Fall to Wizards 89-74

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.

Reserve J.R. Smith added 15 points and Raymond Felton, Amar’e Stoudemire and Steve Novak each had 11 points for the Knicks.

Luke Ridnour scored 20 points, Williams had 19 and Ricky Rubio added 18 for the Timberwolves, who are fifth in the Western Conference’s Northwest Division, 18 1/2 games behind Oklahoma City.

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.

Deron Williams led the Nets with 20 points and Joe Johnson scored 14. Reggie Evans had nine points and 13 rebounds.

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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