Shorthanded Spurs Take Care of Business Against Knicks

By George Middleton

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On Wednesday night the San Antonio Spurs took on the New York Knicks at the AT&T Center. The Spurs were without Tony Parker (hamstring), Kawhi Leonard (bruised right hand), Manu Ginobili (rest) and Tim Duncan (rest). The Spurs were as shorthanded as they’ve been in any game.

The game was supposed to be difficult, especially with the Spurs having played last night against Utah, but it wasn’t. The game was tight until the third quarter, where the Spurs outscored New York 38-21 to pull away.

Tiago Splitter, who has missed the last 18 games with a calf injury. He scored 3 points and had 2 blocks in 8 minutes.

This was arguably the most balanced attack the Spurs have had. The nine players that played other than Splitter, had at least 9 points. Marco Belinelli led the way with 22 points off the bench and he connected on his 3 three pointers.

The Knicks have now lost 10 in a row and are 4-20 in the season. Tim Hardaway Jr was the Knicks lone bright spot with 23 points on 9-18 from the field.

Carmelo Anthony, the Knicks leading scorer missed the contest with a sore left knee. Anthony is averaging 22.9 points and 6.6 rebounds this season.

In a game where both teams shot well from the floor (Knicks 49% Spurs 51%), the key was the turnovers. The Knicks had 17 turnovers, compared to the Spurs 9. A big third quarter and winning the turnover battle were the significant factors in the Spurs win.

The Spurs made 10 of 19 from three point distance.

The Spurs are now 8-1 at home and 16-6 overall.

Up next for the Spurs are the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night at the AT&T Center.

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