SPURS 118 KNICKS 105 | AT&T CENTER
How it happened:
San Antonio controlled the game from the opening tip after two days of rest. In the first quarter, the Spurs built a five-point lead and stretched that advantage to 17 points behind a momentum changing 17-6 run during the late stages of the second period. Despite a rally and 14-2 run to cut the deficit to 12 points with 5:35 remaining, the Knicks could not capture a win in Texas. New York fell to 18-21 on the season and is still searching for a victory on the current four-game road trip.
Carmelo Anthony was aggressive throughout the contest, looking for shots on the perimeter from the onset. The Knicks small forward scored a team-high 27 points following an uncharacteristic six-point outing against the Mavericks.
The game featured some fireworks in the second half as Amar’e Stoudemire and DeJuan Blair were tangled up and both players received technical fouls. Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich was ejected at the minute mark of the third quarter with his squad on top by 21 points.
News and Notes:
With an hour and a half until tipoff, head coach Mike D’Antoni announced to the media that Tyson Chandler would miss the contest due to a strained left hamstring. Additionally, Jared Jeffries sat out with a sore knee, leaving the Knicks thin on the frontline heading into the matchup against the Spurs.
D’Antoni also decided to shake up the starting lineup, inserting rookie Iman Shumpert at the shooting guard spot for Landry Fields while Josh Harrellson replaced the injured Chandler at center.
Jeremy Lin registered 20 points on 7-for-15 shooting from the floor, Stoudemire scored 18 and grabbed 11 boards, J.R. Smith scored 18 off the bench, and Fields posted eight in 20 minutes.
As mentioned above, Anthony attacked from all spots on the floor on Wednesday night. He connected on 12-of-24 shots, 3-of-7 beyond the arc, and dished out three assists.
After completing the back-to-back, the Knicks boarded a plan for Milwaukee. On Thursday, the team will have the day off before finishing the four-game road trip against the Bucks on Friday evening.