Knicks takeaways from Tuesday's 112-110 loss to Timberwolves, including 18 turnovers

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Kemba Walker guarded tightly by D'Angelo Russell white uniform
Kemba Walker guarded tightly by D'Angelo Russell white uniform

Coming off a disappointing loss to Charlotte on Monday afternoon, the Knicks fell in a closely contested game against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday, 112-110.

Here are the key takeaways…

- With Kemba Walker healthy enough to play, he was back in the starting lineup alongside Evan Fournier, RJ Barrett, Julius Randle, and Mitchell Robinson.

- The T-Wolves came out playing aggressive on both ends, and it clearly got into the Knicks’ heads. Robinson and Karl-Anthony Towns did some sparring in the paint with both big men scoring six points early, but Towns’ seventh and eight points led to a Tom Thibodeau technical foul, as he was displeased with Towns not being called for an offensive foul.

Thibodeau wasn’t the only frustrated member of the Knicks in the quarter, as Barrett got off to a miserable start, missing his first two shots while picking up two fouls with three turnovers. Fournier led the Knicks with eight points in the quarter, but eight turnovers and 11 points from Towns saw the Timberwolves leading 30-23 after one quarter of play.

- The Knicks’ second unit didn’t fare much better to start the second quarter, though an Immanuel Quickley three did bring his team back within six points in the first few minutes. Meanwhile, Barrett continued to scuffle, missing a pair of free throws, as Minnesota’s Anthony Edwards began heating up to push his point total to 16 by the halftime buzzer.

The T-Wolves held a double-digit lead for almost the entire quarter, though a Fournier three and Barrett free throws knocked the lead down to nine in the final minute. Still, the Wolves led 61-51 at the break, with Edwards and Towns combining for 27 points. For the Knicks, Fournier had 13 and Barrett scored 11, but the third-year pro turned the ball over four times and picked up three fouls. The Knicks turned the ball over 13 times in the half, which matched their season average.

- The Knicks came out of the gates hot to start the third, as Walker and Barrett combined for a quick eight points, bringing New York within five.

With both teams trading buckets, a Fournier corner three gave the Knicks their first lead of the half. Randle’s physical play was on full display in the quarter, with him doing the dirty work down low to help the Knicks get back into the game. Late in the quarter, Fournier was on fire, lighting it up from downtown.

The Knicks scored 40 points in the third, with Fournier scoring 13 by himself, as they took a five-point lead into the fourth.

- The Knicks started the fourth a bit foul-happy, and a D’Angelo Russell three tied the game in the opening minutes. But a pair of big buckets by Randle gave him 20 points on the night and put the Knicks up by five with seven and half minutes left.

With the lead down to one in the final five minutes, Walker drilled a pair of long threes, putting the Knicks up by five and forcing a timeout. The Knicks had to go small in the final two minutes after their big men fouled out, and despite a big missed free throw from Barrett, they held a 109-108 lead with 1:38 to go.

In the final minute, Towns took advantage of the small lineup, beating Randle for an and-one play to put the T-Wolves up by two points with 29.3 seconds left. After Randle was fouled, he hit just one of two, as the Knicks’ poor free-throw shooting was once again a thorn in their side. Beverley missed one of his two free throws, but in the final seconds an Alec Burks three was off the mark, as Minnesota escaped with a win.

- Fournier finished with 27 points while Randle went for 21 points, nine rebounds and nine assists, but the Knicks committed 18 turnovers in the game, and Minnesota's bench outscored New York's 43-18. Edwards finished with 21 points while Towns had 20 of his own.

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What’s next

The Knicks continue their homestand on Thursday, when they host the New Orleans Pelicans at 7:30 p.m.