The San Antonio Spurs defeated the New York Knicks for the first time at home since March 7th, 2012. The 109-95 win on Wednesday night improved the Spurs record against Eastern Conference teams to 8-1 this season with 17 wins in their last 18 games against the East.
San Antonio was without Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, Tim Duncan, Kawhi Leonard, and Patty Mills but that did not stop them from feasting on the lowly Knicks.
Dec 10, 2014; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs power forward Tiago Splitter (22) shoots the ball against the New York Knicks during the second half at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports
After a close game through the first two quarters, 56-52 in favor of San Antonio at the half, the Spurs found their rhythm in the third quarter, turning a tight affair into a blowout. San Antonio outscored New York 38-21 in the third thanks to a 19-2 run at one point in the period.
Creating turnovers was the story of the night for the Spurs, who forced the Knicks into 17 giveaways compared to their nine.
San Antonio also shot the ball well, 10-of-19 from three and 25-of-30 from the free throw line.
Marco Belinelli led the offensive barrage, scoring a season high 22 points on 6-of-13 shooting off the bench.
It was a story of a well-rounded attack against New York as nine Spurs players scored nine points or more, seven in double figures. The only player who played and did not score double figures was Tiago Splitter. Splitter had three points in eight minutes in his first game since the season opener.
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Leading the way for the Knicks was Tim Hardaway Jr., who got the start for the injured Carmelo Anthony. Hardaway Jr. made the most out of his start, contributing a game high 23 points.
The loss on Wednesday night gave New York its 10th straight and moved their record to 4-20 on the season. With the win, the Spurs improved to 16-6 on the season, 8-1 at home. San Antonio also moved to 11-0 on the season when scoring over 100 points.
Next up for San Antonio is another home game on Friday at 8:30 p.m. CT versus the Los Angeles Lakers.
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