Ricky Rubio finished with 18 and 11 assists, Luke Ridnour shot 9-of-15 for 20 points, Nikola Pekovic logged a double-double with 16 and 11, and Derrick Williams looked like the No. 2 overall pick he was in 2011, with 19 points on 8-of-17 shooting.
The Knicks' defense was absolutely putrid for for most of the game, but they buckled down when necessary late in the fourth quarter. 'Melo added 12 in the final period, and closed out the Knicks 32nd win.
The victory marked Mike Woodson's 50th as Knicks head man—he did it faster than any coach in franchise history.
For Minnesota, it's their 14th loss in their last 16 games. New York manages not to lose ground in the Eastern Conference standings to the Miami Heat, who also won tonight.