Timberwolves lose to the Knicks 121-114, lose Darko to quad injury
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Three trends for the Minnesota Timberwolves season were on full display in their 121-114 loss to the New York Knicks
The Wolves lost a winnable game, they lost another player to injury, and they turned the ball over way too much.
Darko Milicic left the game with a quad contusion after eight very productive minutes where he was the focal point of the Wolves offense, scoring 10 points on 4-of-4 shooting and – despite being questionable for return—never got back up off the bench.
Darko's absence is just the latest in a nasty string of injury for the Wolves who have been without Jonny Flynn and Martell Webster all season and just lost Anthony Tolliver for the next 4-8 weeks with an MCL injury.
The Wolves appeared to be picking up where they left off from Saturday's season-high 129 point explosion against Cleveland by putting up 36 points in a first quarter in which they shot a ridiculous 76%.
But as has been the case numerous times this season, the Wolves came unraveled in the second-half, scoring just 44 points after halftime and allowed the Knicks to take the lead for good with 7:24 left in the third quarter.
The Wolves finished with 17 turnovers, a problem that continues to plague this young team.
Kevin Love continued to put numbers worth of being on the All-Star team. While it was no 30 point 30 rebound performance like he had earlier in the season against the Knicks, Love had an impressive 33 point, 15 rebound performance.
Love was 3-5 from behind the three-point line and at one point had hit his last eight three-point attempts—a new franchise record.
Michael Beasley was questionable to play Monday with a an ankle sprain that kept him out of Saturday's win against Cleveland but ended up playing 44 minutes, scoring 25 points on 10-of-18 shooting.
Wesley Johnson shook off a case of the flu to play in a building very familiar to him from his days at Syracuse. Johnson had only five points and three assists—a far cry from his 20 point outburst Saturday night.
With Darko out of the game, Knicks power forward Amare Stoudemire was free to rein terror in the middle, scoring 34 points on impressive 15-23 shooting.
The Wolves defense gave up 13 three-point baskets to the Knicks, five of which were hit by Raymond Felton who put up 18 points and handed out 11 assists.
The Wolves now travel home to count bodies and regroup before taking on the high-octane Oklahoma City Thunder Wednesday night at Target Center.