In the second part of a home and away series on Friday night the New York Knicks were able to fend off a resilient Minnesota Timberwolves squad 118-114 for its second straight win. Unlike the prior contest where young stars Kristaps Porzingis and Karl Anthony-Towns lit the scoreboard up, it was New York’s veterans who lead the way.
Carmelo Anthony poured in a team-high 29 points and was looking to put the game on ice with 50 seconds left when he pulled the trigger and missed on a deep three. The long rebound led to a runout by Minnesota’s Nemanja Bjelica who tried to cut New York’s 112-106 lead down to four with a fastbreak driving layup. Knicks Shooting Guard Justin Holiday had other ideas:
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Literally, Holiday hung in the air so long that Bjelica basically through the ball into his elbows. The Timberwolves never recovered.
As Melo was trying to put the game away on offense, it was Holiday who ended up sealing the win with his hustle and defense. Just another incredibly athletic and timely play from a guy who’s been a great off season addition through the first 18 games this year.
That kind of chase down block is also something that has been lacking in the Mecca for awhile now and was instrumental in preserving New York’s win. Justin Holiday finished the night with 13 points, seven rebounds and three steals in 31 minutes and hopefully continues to see steady minutes in Jeff Hornacek’s rotation.