The Knicks built a 61-49 lead after a second-quarter outscoring the Wolves 38-17; they then went on an 8-0 run to extend their lead to 19 points.
In the third quarter, the Knicks took their highest lead of the game at 83–61 thanks to 3-pointers from Donte DiVincenzo and Anunoby; by the end of the period, the advantage had grown to 94–78.
During the Knicks' pregame warmup, DiVincenzo seemed to be directing Anunoby's attention to a few things.
"They kept instructing me, 'Go here,' even as we were playing. "Here, do this," Anunoby instructed his latest comrades. A lot of people were lending me a hand, and I'm grateful for that.
Before Anunoby's corner 3-pointer ended Minnesota's run, the Wild scored the first ten points of the fourth quarter to extend their lead to six points. The Wolves persisted in their advances, but Randle would not permit them to return in full force.
After the game, he said that it was strange not having Barrett and Quickley as teammates. Randle explained, "But that's part of the league, just change and adjustment."
According to Anunoby, he got to New York on Sunday and has been attempting to pick up some of the lingo and moves used by the Knicks. He is eligible to become a free agent at the end of the season, but with his current situation so unstable, he was not yet prepared to consider his options.
"I need to figure out where I'll be living," he stated before to the match. "I am completely ignorant. All I can do is attempt to make sense of it.