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Wednesday, March 5th (All times Eastern)

New York Knicks (21-40) at Minnesota Timberwolves (30-29), 8 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - There's still enough time for either the New York Knicks or Minnesota Timberwolves to make a run toward the playoffs.

Both teams go head-to-head Wednesday night from the Target Center.

The Timberwolves are 4 1/2 games off a playoff spot in the West with 23 games to play, while the Knicks sit 6 1/2 games out of a postseason berth and have 21 contests remaining on the slate.

New York, though, is quickly fading from the picture with seven straight losses and a miserable 2-13 mark since February. The Knicks are coming off Monday's 95-85 loss at Detroit, as Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire scored 28 and 22 points, respectively, in defeat.

Anthony has been one of the few bright spots on this team and is averaging 32.0 ppg in his last 19 games. With free agency looming for Anthony, who is second in the NBA with 28.0 ppg, the Knicks may not have the sharpshooter next season.

J.R. Smith had 16 points and Tyson Chandler came down with 18 rebounds in the loss for the Knicks, who shot just 38.6 percent from the field and haven't made at least 40 percent of their shots in three of the last four games. Chandler is averaging 15.6 rebounds over his last eight games.

"We went kind of flat in that third quarter," said Knicks head coach Mike Woodson, whose team was outscored 30-20 in the frame and blew a 14-point advantage in the second quarter.

The Knicks lost at Chicago on Sunday to open this three-game trek.

New York has dropped five straight and 10 of 11 road games, and sports a disappointing 9-20 ledger away from Madison Square Garden. The Knicks will host Utah Friday night.

Minnesota is back home for four straight games versus New York, Detroit, Toronto and Milwaukee, and has won two in a row at the Target Center.

The Timberwolves have a 16-11 home record this season and went 4-1 on its western trip, which culminated with Monday's 132-128 triumph at Denver. Kevin Love's 33 points and season-high 19 rebounds were enough to pace the Wolves, who had an 18-point lead in the second quarter and got 22 points from Kevin Martin in his second game back from a thumb issue.

Martin made 16-of-17 free throws for a Wolves team that sank 52-of-64 from the charity stripe. Corey Brewer, Nikola Pekovic and J.J. Barea each netted 16 points in the win.

"That had to have been some kind of record," Love said of the free throws. "That's a lot of free throws."

The 52 made free throws marked an NBA season-high and were the most made since Phoenix connected for 61 in an overtime game against Utah on April 9, 1990.

Minnesota, winners in three straight and six of seven games, defeated New York 109-100 at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 3 behind Love's 34 points and 15 rebounds. Martin scored 30 points and Anthony countered with 22 and 17 rebounds.

New York had won four in a row against the Wolves until the November loss.

03/05 10:24:30 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
NCCU 108
BASC 52
 
Final
CHA 106
PHO 111
Final
NCSU 83
TENN 72
Final
CLE 98
ATL 127
Final
CHA 106
PHO 111
4th
DET 100
DAL 105
 
4th
BOS 107
ORL 92
 
4th
MIA 69
UTA 79
 
3rd
TOR 70
BRK 66
 
Half
SAN 45
MEM 52
 
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POR
MIL
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DEN
HOU
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LAC
IND
Final
UNT 78
LANG 65
 
Final
Terriers 64
DELST 72
 
Final
MSST 55
ARKST 69
 
Final
NCCU 108
BASC 52
 
Final
GMAS 99
CATAWBA 69
 
Final
WOFF 64
CSOU 58
 
Final
HIGH 106
FERR 48
 
Final
JVU 68
GWEBB 65
 
Final
ILL 73
HAMP 55
 
Final
BST 52
JMU 72
 
Final
YOUNG 84
KNST 90
 
Final
UMO 71
LONG 60
 
Final
PITT 65
MAN 56
Final
OSU 97
NCAT 55
Final
FSU 93
UNF 77
 
Final
TOL 83
RMU 57
 
Final
CAMP 70
SIUE 65
 
Final
DUQ 52
RFLSH 67
 
Final
NCSU 83
TENN 72
Final
UCF 75
DET 70
 
1st OT
UNCW 65
LIB 62
 
2nd
LOYC 65
ABCHRIST 39
 
2nd
MURST 79
ALCOR 46
 
Half
HOU 16
ARKPB 27
 
2nd
NW 57
CMICH 73
 
2nd
WKENT 64
CHIST 52
 
2nd
ODU 42
UGST 50
 
2nd
SMU 54
ILLCH 41
 
2nd
LALAF 104
MLGN 74
 
2nd
TULSA 68
MIZST 65
 
2nd
UWGB 59
MORE 42
 
2nd
NEOM 77
NCOL 62
 
2nd
TTU 73
SCST 30
 
2nd
DEN 58
TAMCC 47
 
Half
STEPH 27
TXST 30
 
2nd
STLU 54
TXPA 51
 
Half
MEM 42
USCU 29
 
2nd
ILLST 50
TENNM 52
 
1st
MSU 25
EMICH 16
 
1st
GRCN 44
INCWORD 34
 
1st
STAN 21
LMU 31
 
1st
BAY 24
NMST 20
 
1st
CIN 18
SDST 20
 
1st
AUB 28
WINT 18
 
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NMU
CARK
 
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PEPP
HOW
 
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CPSL
NE
 
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UNLV
PORT
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OREG
CSNO
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WASH
GRAM
Final
NJD 0
OTT 2
2nd Intermission
MIN 1
BOS 2
 
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VAN
DAL