The last time the Timberwolves started a season 3-0, Chauncey Billups and Terrell Brandon played guard for them and Joe Smith was still a promising prospect for a team that featured Kevin Garnett as its rising star.

The Wolves, with a 109-100 victory at New York, reached that modest threshold Sunday for the first time since that 2001-02 season and for only the second time in the franchise’s 25-year history.

They got there by opening the season with Wednesday’s heart-stopping overtime victory over Orlando, Friday’s thumping of Kevin Durant and Oklahoma City and by holding on Sunday to withstand Carmelo Anthony and the Knicks.

Kevin Love led the Wolves again with another double-double — a 34-point, 15-rebound performance — and Kevin Martin provided his first breakout offensive performance of this young season, scoring 30 points after he struggled with his shot in the first two games.

Martin hit nine of his 12 shots, including 5-for-5 on three pointers, and hit seven of his nine free throws.

Anthony had 22 points and 17 whopping rebounds for the Knicks.

As they did Friday against the Thunder, the Wolves again built a 20-something point lead — as many as 23 points in Sunday’s second quarter — but this time gave the Knicks life, allowing them to get within two points with 4 minutes, 45 seconds left.