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Knicks hold off Wolves 107-102 behind Anthony, Afflalo

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NEW YORK — Carmelo Anthony had 20 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists, Arron Afflalo scored 29 points, and the New York Knicks beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 107-102 on Wednesday night.

Kristaps Porzingis had 11 points, six rebounds, six blocks and three assists for the Knicks  in his first matchup against fellow rookie and No. 1 pick Karl-Anthony Towns.

Towns had 25 points and 10 rebounds, Andrew Wiggins scored 23 points, and Zach LaVine had 19 points for the Timberwolves.

The Knicks built a 60-40 halftime lead after outscoring Minnesota 33-14 in the second quarter. Porzingis, the No. 4 pick from Latvia, blocked six shots in the half.

Minnesota got within three in the fourth quarter, with Towns scoring 10 points and LaVine nine in the period, but Afflalo put it away at the free throw line.