MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Anthony Edwards had 23 points, 10 rebounds and five assists, Karl-Anthony Towns scored 20 points, and the Western Conference-leading Minnesota Timberwolves beat the New York Knicks 117-100 on Monday night.
Minnesota (10-3) is 6-0 at home — tying a franchise record to start a season — and has won nine of its past 10 games. That stretch included seven straight wins, the franchise's longest streak since 2004 — which was the last year the Wolves made it past the first round of the playoffs.
The Knicks (8-6) came in allowing a league-low 104.9 points per game.
After a quiet first half, Edwards scored nine points during a 16-5 Wolves run to open the third quarter. Mike Conley's third 3-pointer of the night gave them a 76-61 lead with 7:53 remaining in the period.
They never trailed by less than 11 the rest of the way.
Rudy Gobert scored 16 points for the Wolves. Minnesota forward Jaden McDaniels left with a sprained right ankle in the first quarter and didn't return. That opened up extended minutes for Nickeil Alexander-Walker, who finished with 11 points, three rebounds and three assists.
Naz Reid added 10 points as the Wolves' bench outscored New York's reserves 43-30.
Quentin Grimes started for the Knicks after missing their previous two games with a sprained left wrist.
Knicks: Host Miami on Friday.
Timberwolves: Host Philadelphia on Wednesday.
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Phil Ervin, The Associated Press