The San Antonio Spurs will encounter their first back-to-back of the 2015-16 NBA season when the team battles the New York Knicks on Monday night at Madison Square Garden.
Last year, Gregg Popovich’s team managed a 26-16 record when playing games on consecutive nights. The Spurs will attempt to open this campaign with a 2-0 mark.
San Antonio knocked off the Boston Celtics 95-87 on Sunday afternoon, and LaMarcus Aldridge led the way. He poured in 24 points, grabbed 15 rebounds and dished five assists—a mark he accomplished just twice last season with the Portland Trail Blazers.
According to Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News, head coach Gregg Popovich said Aldridge saved the squad’s—err, um—backside.
The marquee offseason signing accounted for 21 points in the second half, scoring 18 and dishing an assist to Kawhi Leonard for a clutch triple late in the fourth quarter. Leonard added 19 points and five boards.
San Antonio hopes Aldridge and Leonard will help the team avoid an “embarrassing” loss to the Knicks, who split the 2014-15 season series with the Spurs despite trudging to the worst record in franchise history.
San Antonio Spurs at New York Knicks — 7:30 p.m. ET
When, Where and How
- Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
- Location: Madison Square Garden; New York, NY
- TV: Fox Sports Southwest
- Radio: WOAI 1200AM
- Online Streaming: NBA League Pass
- Favorite: Spurs by 7.5
San Antonio Spurs
- No injuries to report
New York Knicks
- Arron Afflalo (hamstring): Questionable, not expected to play
- Lou Amundson (back): Questionable
- Kevin Seraphin (knee): Questionable
San Antonio Spurs (2-1)
The Spurs opened the season losing to the Oklahoma City Thunder but played well enough to beat many, many NBA teams. San Antonio then returned home and toppled the Brooklyn Nets before opening a three-game road trip with the victory over Boston.
Through three outings, Leonard’s 22.3 points per game leads the Spurs, while Aldridge (15.0 PTS, 10.0 REB), Manu Ginobili (12.0 PTS, 4.7 AST) and Tim Duncan (10.0 PTS, 7.7 REB) each average double figures.
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New York Knicks (2-1)
After an offseason full of signings, New York lit into the Milwaukee Bucks on opening night behind a shocking 24-point outburst from Derrick Williams en route to a 122-97 win. The hope of an undefeated season was short-lived, however, because the Knicks fell to the Atlanta Hawks 112-101.
Jokes aside, New York put together a great 117-110 win over the Washington Wizards last time out. Carmelo Anthony racked up 37 points and seven rebounds, four players netted at least 10 points and the defense held Washington to a 27.3 percent clip from beyond the arc.
The Knicks are looking for their first win at Madison Square Garden this season.