Knicks Comeback To Top Spurs

Jonah Ballow



How it happened:
In a battle of East vs. West and the top two teams in each conference, the Knicks fought back from 12 points down in the fourth quarter to steal a 104-100 victory in San Antonio.

Jason Kidd started the impressive comeback by connecting on back-to-back 3-pointers when the Spurs held an 89-77 lead with 7:13 left in the contest. Raymond Felton scored on a driving layup to knock the advantage to just three points at the four-minute mark. Two minutes later, J.R. Smith spun into the paint and buried a difficult shot to trim the lead to one with 2:22 on the clock.

On the defensive side of the floor, Kidd snatched a steal, and then worked up the floor, passed to Carmelo Anthony and he skipped a pass to Felton. The point guard did not have an open shot at the rim, so he turned and fired a pass to a wide open Smith for the go-ahead 3-ball and 97-95 lead with 1:36 remaining in the game.

Kidd hit another 3-pointer and Tyson Chandler finished an emphatic two-handed putback dunk to silence the home crowd. The Knicks erased the 12-point deficit while reeling off a 27-11 run to finish the game. With the victory, New York remains the only unbeaten squad in the NBA at 6-0.

Felton led all scorers with 25 points, Smith scored 17, and Kidd added 14 points in the win.

"These games are all tests, whether it's a back-to-back or four games in five nights. It's just a matter of finding our character." -- Jason Kidd

Top Knick:
Felton went toe-to-toe with Parker all night. The New York point guard dropped 25 points on 10-for-20 shooting from the floor. He also dished out seven dimes in 35 minutes of action. With Anthony struggling and Smith slow to find his rhythm, Felton provided the scoring punch for the road team. His gritty performance showed the fan base he is a leader and a player the Knicks can rely on moving forward.

Statistically Speaking:
New York needed the 3-point shooting tonight as it 11-of-25 attempts from downtown.

Looking Ahead:
Entering their first back-to-back of the season, the Knicks traveled to Memphis after the contest in San Antonio. New York will conclude the three-game road trip with a matchup against the Grizzlies on Friday night at 9:30 on MSG Networks.

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