MINNEAPOLIS — For most of the night, Carmelo Anthony was an afterthought in the Knicks’ offense. He barely touched the ball in the first quarter, had only 6 points at the half, and was 4 for 13 from the field entering the final minutes at Target Center — his third consecutive dismal shooting performance.
Anthony was not much better late, badly missing two critical jump shots as the Minnesota Timberwolves, behind a career-high 47 points from center Karl-Anthony Towns, scrambled from 17 points down with less than eight minutes to play and tied the score. Then Anthony made up for his entire night with one big basket, a long right-wing jumper with 2.3 seconds to play, giving the Knicks a 106-104 victory.
“We felt if we got the ball to Melo, he would get us big shot,” Knicks Coach Jeff Hornacek said. “That’s what those guys do.”
Anthony finished with 14 points, content to let Kristaps Porzingis (29 points) and the…