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NBA’s admission in Knicks loss vs. Timberwolves will sting for fans

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The New York Knicks just received a triple black eye following their loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday night. Both teams fought tooth and nail for a down-the-wire finish that saw the Timberwolves take the road win, 112-110.

However, based on the NBA’s official “Last 2-minute (L2M) report,” the Knicks got the short end of the stick in the game’s crucial moments not once or twice, but three times.

Via Peter Botte of the New York Post.

The NBA acknowledged that three officiating calls that went against the Knicks were incorrect in the closing minutes of Tuesday’s 112-110 loss to the Timberwolves at the Garden.

Two of these three missed calls were reach-in fouls on D’Angelo Russell and Karl-Anthony Towns with 22 seconds and 1:46 remaining, respectively. The worst of these is arguably the offensive foul which Towns committed against Julius Randle before the former’s go-ahead and-one play with 29 seconds left.

The loss was the Knicks’ second straight. As of writing, New York holds a win-loss record of 22-23 which puts them on the outside looking in as far as play-in contention goes. It’s been a disappointing campaign thus far, especially with the Knicks coming off a playoff run last season.

They’ve struggled to find consistency, and this may force the front office to be more aggressive in pressing those dials in hopes of a trade. The Knicks will get a chance to right the ship when they host the New Orleans Pelicans on Thursday night.