Friday, November 16, 2012

By Limiting Turnovers, Knicks Convince Doubters

The Knicks defeated the San Antonio Spurs on the road last night, a team that had only lost once before yesterday. New York turned the ball over only 7 times on route to a hard fought victory.

The Knicks stayed with the Spurs early, as both teams lit it up. The Knicks hit 7 of their first 10 three-pointers. Both teams scored over 30 points in the first quarter. Raymond Felton and J.R. Smith were throwing up a number of shots. Felton scored 25 points on 20 shots and J.R. smith added 17 points. But the Spurs hung tough and a Danny Green trey actually gave the Spurs the lead at the half.

The third quarter was a scrappy affair. The Knicks showed that they're not simply a three-point shooting team. Ronnie Brewer and Carmelo Anthony were willing to fight for the ball on separate occasions. But in the fourth quarter, the bottom fell out. It appeared that the Knicks' winning streak would end.

Anthony was struggling to score and the Spurs had turned themselves into a well-oiled machine. San Antonio went up 89-77 midway through the quarter. The Knicks couldn't keep Tony Parker out of the lane and couldn't prevent the ball from going to Tim Duncan once he was in it.

That's when the Knicks' three-point shooting came in handy. Jason Kidd went 4-6 from beyond the arc. Rasheed Wallace added 10 points on 2 for 3 shooting from out there. The Knicks had five players score in double figures. That doesn't include Anthony's or Brewer's 9 points.

The SPurs had no answer as their lead gradually chipped away. It seemed as if they were powerless to do anything about it. The Knicks continuously finagled their way into open threes and the Spurs failed to adjust. The Knicks won 104-100, but the Spurs were destined to lose once the Knicks had pulled ahead late int he fourth. The Knicks are now 6-0.

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