San Antonio Spurs vs. New York Knicks: Takeaways and Star Performer

By George Middleton

The San Antonio Spurs took on a new and improved New York Knicks team on Monday night. San Antonio took care of business on the road, as they beat the Knicks 94-84. The Spurs shot 49 percent from the field, and allowed the Knicks to only shoot 36 percent. LaMarcus Aldridge led the Spurs with 19 points.

Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks with 19 points, but he only shot 4-for-17 from the field.

Knicks rookie Kristaps Porzingis left the game with about three minutes to play as Anthony landed on his head. Porzingis finished with 13 points, 14 rebounds, and three steals in 24 minutes.

What are some key takeaways from the game?

Spurs Shut Down Carmelo Anthony

Going into the game, the main key to winning the game, was stopping Anthony, who exploded for 37 points and seven rebounds against Washington on Saturday. On Monday night, Anthony scored 19 points on 4-for-17 from the field. Kawhi Leonard‘s defense overwhelmed the superstar scorer.

Tony Parker and Tim Duncan Played Well

Two of the older Spurs showed up to play against New York: Tony Parker and Tim Duncan. Parker finished with 16 points on 7-for-12 shooting. Duncan had a terrific night, going for 16 points, 10 rebounds, and six assists. Both players had their best game of the season.

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Danny Green Still Struggling

Danny Green has had a nightmare start to his season. Green shot 2-for-6 from the floor and finished with four points. The 28-year-old sharpshooter has failed to reach double digits scoring this season. In four games Green is averaging 5 points on 29 percent field goals and 12 percent threes. One can expect Green to get going in the next week, he is a 42 percent career shooter from downtown.

Star Performer

Leonard was the star performer, going for 18 points and 14 rebounds in the win. Leonard finished with four blocks and played incredible defense on Anthony. Duncan is also honorable mention, as he had a big time performance as well.

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Up next for the Spurs are the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night. The game is scheduled for a 7:00 p.m. ET start at the Verizon Center.