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Mauricio Pochettino did the right thing by rotating his team in their defeat to Borussia Dortmund as they chase the Premier League title, says Tony Cascarino. Billy Williams Jersey . The Tottenham manager decided to make seven changes for the 3-0 Europa League defeat on Thursday night, with Harry Kane the most notable name on the bench alongside Mousa Dembele while Eric Dier was left at home. Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino was right to make changes against Borussia Dortmund, says Tony Cascarino Nacer Chadli started up front, Ryan Mason and Tom Carroll were given midfield roles and 18-year-old Josh Onomah made only his fourth start of the season. A Marco Reus double and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyangs header gave the Germans a dominant advantage heading into the second leg at White Hart Lane next week but Cascarino is adamant Pochettino made the correct decision with his team selection ahead of their trip to Aston Villa on Sunday. Pochettino has defended his team selection on Thursday Hes done the right thing, theyve lost the game and people might look at that and think a great chance for a trophy - but not with the Premier League on the horizon, he told Sky Sports Now. Dortmund-Spurs talking points From Pochettinos team selection to Aubameyangs superb display - all the talking points Theyve got a chance; this club has not won the league for 50-odd years. To be in the position they are in, I think he has to say we have got to have our best XI going into a Premier League game.If they win at Villa Park at the weekend, which they are quite capable of doing, that will say it all about whether it was right or wrong for me because the Premier League has to be their primary target. Marco Reus celebrates after scoring his sides third goal against Tottenham Tottenham sit second in the league, the first time they have been in the top two at this stage of the season since the 1984/85 season. However, after chalking up seven wins in a row, they have now won just two from their last seven games.Despite that, Cascarino rejected the idea the pressure of chasing their first top flight title since 1961 is getting to Pochettinos side. Harry Kane was left on the bench for Tottenham against Borussia Dortmund I think they are fine, he said. I think you have to ignore the Dortmund result, just forget about it. They were beaten badly on the night by a very good team. I think they will be fine.Pochettino has got a very good side; if Tottenham fans had known where they would be now at the start of the season they would have been delighted because they are up there challenging with the final nine or 10 games to go. Kane and his Tottenham team-mates after their defeat in Dortmund Also See: Pochettino: I have no regrets Aubameyang: Id say no to Spurs Dortmund too slick for Spurs Pochettino claims February prize Jose Quintana Jersey . 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NEW YORK -- This time, Carmelo Anthony didnt have to hit the game-winning shot, but he did need help from his teammates.Anthony scored 29 points, Derrick Rose had 24 and Kyle OQuinn added season highs of 20 points and 13 rebounds as the New York Knicks defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves 118-114 on Friday night.After hitting the game-winner in the Knicks two-point win over the Timberwolves on Wednesday, Anthony saw OQuinn and Rose carry a heavy load down the stretch.You dont want to have to do that every night, Anthony said. Derrick did a good job of getting the ball in his hands and making plays and creating. Tonight was his night to make shots.After the Knicks fell behind for the first time in the game, 102-101, on Zach LaVines dunk with 6:33 remaining, OQuinn got the lead back with consecutive baskets, and after Minnesota got within one, Rose scored the next five points to give New York a 110-104 lead.Andrew Wiggins converted a layup with 2:11 left, but Anthony answered with a dunk off of a full court pass from OQuinn to make the score 112-106.Quinn was starting in place of the injured Joakim Noah.Obviously, I have a chip on my shoulder. I wanna have more for myself, OQuinn said. I just put it out there all I can.Rose made two free throws with 31 seconds left for a 114-106 lead and the Timberwolves got no closer than four the rest of the way.I was taking what they were giving. It was all about rhythm, said Rose, who finished 9-for-15 from the field.Minnesota trailed 98-88 after three quarters, but went on a 12-2 run to start the fourth, aided by five Knick turnovers in the first four minutes. They eventually grabbed the lead, but it was short-lived.Weve got to change our mindset, said Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau. I thought the start of the game really hurt us. I thought our bench came in and gave a good lift. They did it again in the second half, but then we made a lot of mistakes down the stretch.The Knicks jumped out to a 24-8 lead to start the game. The Timberwolves were able to pull within nine after the first quarter, 30-21, and got as close as four, 34-30, on Nemaanja Bjelicas 3-pointer with 9:06 left in the second quarter. Mike Montgomery Jersey. ew York took a 62-52 lead at halftime and led by as many as 14, 80-66, before settling for the 10-point lead after three.Justin Holiday finished with 13 points for the Knicks and Kristaps Porzingis had 11.LaVine scored 24 points and Karl-Anthony Towns had 20 for the Timberwolves.Wiggins scored 19 points, Bjelica finished with 17, Shabazz Muhammad had 14, and Cole Aldrich posted a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds.TIP-INS:Timberwolves: Minnesota has faced the Knicks in each its last two games, the only time they will play the same team in consecutive games all season. They did play back-to-back against Los Angeles on November 12 and 13, but that was against the Clippers and Lakers, respectively.Knicks: New York is now one game over .500 for the second time this season. They have not been two games over .500 since Nov. 21 last season.SWEPT AWAYThe Timberwolves have been swept by the Knicks in each of the past two seasons (4-0). Minnesotas last win in the series was a 95-92 overtime victory on March 19, 2015.LEFT OUTCourtney Lee and Joakim Noah were inactive for the Knicks due to injuries to their left ankles. Lee had started the Knicks first 18 games, while Noah has now missed two games due to the ankle and four overall. However, Lance Thomas, who had missed the previous nine games due to a left ankle injury, returned to action for the first time since November 12.OQUINN OKAYOQuinn made all five of his field goal attempts in the first half and finished 9-of-11 overall.UP NEXT:Timberwolves: Visit Charlotte on Saturday, the final meeting of the season between the two teams. Charlotte head coach Steve Clifford and Thibodeau were assistants together under Jeff Van Gundy with the Knicks (2001-03) and Rockets (2004-07).Knicks: Host Sacramento on Sunday. The teams will meet again five days later, December 9, in Sacramento. The Kings have beaten the Knicks four straight times. 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