Shutting down one of the NBA's elite players put the Minnesota Timberwolves on the cusp of their best start in 12 years.
Another strong defensive effort against last season's scoring champion should be enough to achieve that feat.
Two days after bottling up Kevin Durant, the Timberwolves will look to shut down Carmelo Anthony and end a four-game slide against the New York Knicks on Sunday night at Madison Square Garden.
Minnesota (2-0) turned in an impressive performance in Friday's 100-81 victory over Oklahoma City, holding the Thunder to 34.9-percent shooting -- including 7 for 31 from beyond the arc -- and forcing 21 turnovers with 14 steals.
The defense was particularly strong versus Durant. The three-time scoring champion hit only four of his 11 shots and went 1 for 5 from 3-point range to finish with 13 points.
The Timberwolves' outstanding defensive display came two days after they opened the season with a 120-115 overtime win over Orlando.
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