Minnesota is so desperate for bodies that it signed a player Thursday based on how quickly he could get to the Timberwolves' game in New York.
The Wolves signed guard Sean Kilpatrick to a 10-day contract, and he arrived in time to give them the league-mandated eight players in uniform for their game against the Knicks, which they won, 95-92, in overtime.
Zach LaVine made the tying and go-ahead free throws with 10.7 seconds remaining and scored six of his 20 points in OT.
Kilpatrick arrived about 45 minutes before the start. He introduced himself to guard Ricky Rubio, who joined the injured ranks Thursday with a sore right ankle.
The Wolves already were without Kevin Garnett, Nikola Pekovic, Anthony Bennett, Shabazz Muhammad, Gary Neal, Justin Hamilton, and Robbie Hummel.
Minnesota (15-53) ended a six-game losing streak and snapped a tie with the Knicks (14-54) for the NBA's worst record.
New Orleans Pelican star Anthony Davis rolled his left ankle during the team's shootaround and had to sit out the game against the Phoenix Suns.