Julius Randle scored 57 points to tie the third-highest total in Knicks history, but Minnesota pulled off a solid start and a solid finish to win 140-134.
The Timberwolves hit over 70 percent on their shooting in the first half and held a 17-point lead before Randle Knicks pulled back with 26 points in the third quarter.
He finished tied with Richie Guerin behind only two 60-point games in Knicks history, Carmelo Anthony’s 62 (January 24, 2014) and Bernard King’s 60 on Christmas Day 1984.
And in Memphis, Josh Green’s Dallas Mavericks missed injured leading scorer Luka Doncic for the fifth straight game as they lost 112-108 at the hands of the Grizzlies.
Kyrie Irving scored 28 points for the Mavericks, and Green had another 12, but it wasn’t enough as Memphis welcomed Ja Morant back into the fold — though not on the court — following his eight-game NBA ban.
Morant was not dressed for the game but was on the Grizzlies bench, and walked off to a standing ovation from the crowd just before the tip-off.
The NBA suspended the 23-year-old after a video from a Denver-area strip club earlier this month showed Morant brandishing a gun.
Jaren Jackson Jr. scored 28 points, including a layup with 17 seconds left in the game, to help guide the Grizzlies to victory.
At Utah, Matthew Dellavedova barely broke a sweat on a three-minute passing performance as his Sacramento team fell 128-120 to the Jazz.
Ochai Agbagi scored 27 points, including six three-pointers, and seven other players scored a double-digit for the Jazz, who shot 52 percent from the field.
Dearon Fox scored 37 points and seven assists to lead the Kings.
The Golden State Warriors snapped an 11-game road slide with a 121-108 win over the Houston Rockets, thanks to a 30-point display from Stephen Curry and 29 from Klay Thompson.
Worst Rockets in the Western Conference had 21 points and 12 rebounds from Terry Eason.
Elsewhere, Charlotte beats Indiana 115-109 and Chicago beats Philadelphia 109-105 in double overtime as the Bulls go on to finish last in the playoffs in the East.
Joel Embiid had 37 points, 16 rebounds and three blocks – the 10th consecutive game in which he scored at least 30 points.
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