Knicks' Hardaway returns after 20 games

Annette Crawford
January 13, 2018

Enes Kanter added 16 points and 12 rebounds. Porzingis was 3 of 5 from 3-point territory but 3 of 14 from inside the arc. Now, they just need to get Kristaps Porzingis back to being the player he was in October and November.

1 pick in the 2015 draft, showed why as he buried the Knicks with a near triple-double - 23 points, 14 rebounds and nine assists - as Minnesota poured it on in the second half. Minnesota was due for an upset loss following three straight home blowouts against New Orleans, Cleveland and Oklahoma City.

Hardaway missed his first two shots, but then found his range, finishing with seven points - 3 of 8 from the field - in 12 minutes by intermission.

The Knicks managed to play the first half without attempting a free throw. NY hit 60.5 percent from the field in the opening 24 minutes and led by as many as eight points.

Towns scored the first five points of the second half and slowly the Wolves' defense recovered.


Towns added a three-point play, while Tyus Jones and Jamal Crawford bombed in a 3-pointer apiece, helping the Timberwolves run off to a 113-95 lead with just 4:49 to go. Former Wolves forward Michael Beasley scored 13 points in 16 minutes off the bench.

The former MI star hit the court for the first time since late November with 5:45 left in the first quarter and bricked a corner 3 on his second possession. Towns' nine assists were a season high. Minnesota allowed more than 100 points for the first time in eight games.

Tim Hardaway Jr. returned to the New York Knicks on Friday night at Minnesota after missing 20 games with a stress injury in his lower left leg.

Head coach Jeff Hornacek has said that he'd like Hardaway to work on his conditioning before he returns to the starting lineup. In the 14 games the Knicks have played since December 12, Beas is averaging 18.4 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 1.9 assists in just 25.3 minutes.

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