San Antonio Spurs: Player Grades in Win Over New York Knicks
By Jay Desai
The San Antonio Spurs improved to 8-1 against the Eastern Conference this season by defeating the New York Knicks at home, 109-95.
The game was tightly contested in the first half with the Spurs only ahead 56-52 at the break. The second half was a completely different story though with San Antonio outscoring New York 38-21 in the third quarter, eventually leading to the large gap in the final score.
The Spurs were without many of their stars on Wednesday night against the Knicks, making the blowout win all the more impressive. Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, Tim Duncan, Kawhi Leonard, and Patty Mills all sat out the game for various reasons ranging from injury to rest.
Winning was not an issue for San Antonio, however, even with so many key players out. The Spurs reserves picked up the slack in the win with seven players scoring in double figures, nine with nine or more points.
Leading the way for the losing Knicks was Tim Hardaway Jr., who replaced Carmelo Anthony in the starting lineup as Anthony was sidelined with injury. Hardaway Jr. put the start to good use, picking up a game high 23 points.
Now that the game is over, we have post-game grades for key Spurs players in the San Antonio Utah game!