SportsKnicks In battle of teams with worst records, Knicks fall to Timberwolves in overtime Quincy Acy and Cole Aldrich of the New York Knicks look on in the second half against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Madison Square Garden on Thursday, March 19, 2015. Photo Credit: Jim McIsaac By BARBARA BARKER firstname.lastname@example.org @meanbarb March 19, 2015 10:41 PM Print Share Share Tweet Share Email It was the NBA's version of The Biggest Loser Thursday night at Madison Square Garden. The Knicks, the worst team in the Eastern Conference, played host to the Minnesota Timberwolves, the worst team in the Western Conference. At stake: The worst record in the NBA, which in the world of the lottery-bound isn't exactly a bad thing. Both teams entered the game at 14-53. Four quarters and one overtime later, it was official. The Knicks are the NBA's biggest losers, by a nose, as they were defeated, 95-92. "You can't practice losing," coach Derek Fisher said when asked how he approached a game the Knicks might have been better off losing as far as the lottery picture goes. The loss was more than a bit demoralizing, considering that just two nights earlier, the Knicks defeated the defending champion San Antonio Spurs in overtime. That win was so unexpected that Fisher said when he replayed the tape for his players, he repeatedly reminded them that it indeed was them out there on the court. Minnesota entered Thursday night having lost six straight and nine of 10. The Timberwolves, however, aren't a team as bereft of talent as the Knicks' current squad. Minnesota has a decent core of young players, including Andrew Wiggins (20 points), Zach LaVine (20 points) and Gorgui Dieng (19 points, 11 rebounds. (Kevin Martin, who is 32, had 22 points.) The Knicks, by contrast, have only four players under contract for next season and only one, Carmelo Anthony, is guaranteed to come back. And only one of those players, Langston Galloway, was healthy and available for 's game. Galloway finished with 21 points and seven rebounds. Alexey Shved had 20 points and Andrea Bargnani added 14. It's apparent that the future of the Knicks was not at Madison Square Garden, but both Fisher and Minnesota coach Flip Saunders said their teams need to approach the game with the mentality of needing to win. "As a coach, you worry about what you're doing now," said Saunders, who also is the Timberwolves' president and co-owner. "There's never any guarantee about what's going to happen in the draft. You can't say just because you lose this game, it will be better for you. It's a lottery. It's called luck. "So you go out to play it and you try to do it for the respect of the game." Notes & quotes: Saunders said he thinks the Knicks' style of play is a good one for Shved, who was on the Timberwolves before being part of the trade that sent Kevin Love to the Cavaliers and Wiggins to Minnesota. "He's been with four teams this year," Saunders said of Shved. "To his credit, he kept working wherever he's gone.'' . . . The Knicks filled their 15th roster spot when they signed Ricky Ledo to a 10-day contract. Ledo, a second-round pick of the Bucks in 2013, averaged 1.3 points in 16 games for the Mavericks the past two seasons. By BARBARA BARKER email@example.com @meanbarb Barbara Barker is an award-winning columnist and features writer in the sports department at Newsday. She has covered sports in New York for more than 20 years. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments Comments section is temporarily on hold. Here’s why.