Kurt Rambis gets first win as Knicks coach, 103-95 over Minnesota

Kurt Rambis

Knicks Coach Kurt Rambis watches his club Saturday during their first win since Jan. 29.

(Jim Mone / Associated Press)

Carmelo Anthony had 30 points and 11 rebounds and the visiting New York Knicks ended a seven-game losing streak with a 103-95 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday night.

Robin Lopez had 26 points and 16 rebounds to give interim Coach Kurt Rambis his first victory since taking over for the fired Derek Fisher three games ago. The Knicks outrebounded Minnesota, 51-31, and led by 24 points early in the fourth quarter for their first victory since Jan. 29 against Phoenix.

Karl-Anthony Towns had 24 points and eight rebounds, and Andrew Wiggins scored 24 points for the Timberwolves. Ricky Rubio had 16 assists, but they dropped their second straight out of the All-Star break after winning three of four going into it.

Shabazz Muhammad scored 20 for the Wolves, but Anthony’s shotmaking in the second half more than made up for an off night from Knicks star rookie Kristaps Porzingis, who had six points and four rebounds while battling foul trouble all night.


Milwaukee 117, at Atlanta 109 (2OT): Jabari Parker had career highs of 28 points and 13 rebounds, Greg Monroe added 24 points and Bucks outlasted the Hawks in double overtime to end a six-game road skid.

Paul Millsap finished with 27 points, and Dennis Schroder had 25 for the Hawks. Atlanta has lost three straight at home for the first time since March 2014.

The Bucks overcame the late absence of Giannis Antetokounmpo, who fouled out with 1:11 left in regulation, and held on despite Monroe missing a layup that could’ve clinched the win in the closing seconds of the first overtime. Milwaukee’s Khris Middleton, O.J. Mayo and Michael Carter-Williams each missed one of two free throws in the final seconds of regulation and the first overtime.

at Miami 114, Washington 94: Hassan Whiteside had 25 points and 23 rebounds in his return from a one-game suspension to help the Heat beat the Wizards.


Whiteside was suspended for throwing an elbow at San Antonio center Boban Marjanovic’s head on Feb. 9. It was the 11th time in NBA history that a player has had at least 20 points and 20 rebounds in a game off the bench. It was Whiteside’s second 20-20 game in his career.

Luol Deng had 27 points a night after scoring 30 points in a victory at Atlanta, and Goran Dragic added a season-high 24 points and had eight assists and seven rebounds. The Heat played without All-Stars Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh for the second consecutive game.

Wade has a sore left knee, and Bosh is out indefinitely because of a blood clot in his left leg.

Bradley Beal lead the Wizards with 19 points. Washington played for the third consecutive day and was looking for a rare third win in as many days after beating Utah and Detroit.

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