10:50 PM – Final: New York Knicks 104-San Antonio Spurs 100: Despite already having a win over the defending champs on the young season, tonight’s game was by far the most impressive win for the Knicks to this point. 6-0 speaks for itself, and this team is getting getting contributions from everyone. Tonight, Jason Kidd and Raymond Felton led the way. Tomorrow night, it’ll be someone different.
The Knicks trailed by 12 in the fourth quarter. For a team that hasn’t much experience together, it seemed like an impossible hill to climb against what is arguably the best franchise in the sport. But the Knicks did what we’ve been waiting for them to do for a long, long time: they fought. After being out-muscled for 41 straight minutes, the Knicks closed on the Spurs in the way that you would expect the Spurs to close on the Knicks. New York got every rebound, got every loose ball, buckled down on the defensive side of the ball and hit every shot that it needed to hit.
The most impressive part? Carmelo Anthony had just nine points. Nine points for the conference’s best scorer, and the Knicks beat the team who has had the most wins for two consecutive years in the Western Conference.
The difference for this group in comparison to other Knick teams in recent years is that it is just that, a team. Five different guys scored in double digits, none of them named Carmelo Anthony, and after seeing too much isolation basketball for most of the second half, the last seven minutes saw New York move the ball like never before. The movement made for numerous open threes, four of them being made by Jason Kidd, and the most important of them all coming from J.R. Smith–Smith hit a three with 1:47 left to give the Knicks the lead, and they never looked back from there.
It might just be one game in November, but make no mistake: the New York Knicks have arrived.
10:43 PM – 1:22 4th Quarter – New York 100 San Antonio 95: Who saw that one coming? After falling behind 89-77, the Knicks have gone on an absolute tear. Jason Kidd and J.R. Smith have led the way, making big shot after big shot to help the Knicks regain the lead.
10:23 PM – 8:34 4th Quarter – San Antonio 84 New York 77: The Knicks just look tired at this point. This is when they could really use Stoudemire. San Antonio looking to pull away right here.
10:15 PM – End of 3rd Quarter – San Antonio 76 New York 72: With just 36 combined points in this third quarter, this is exactly the type of basketball we had expected to see throughout the entire game. Down four, the Knicks are within striking distance, but will need Melo to get his in the fourth and final quarter if they expect to win this one.
9:31 PM – Halftime – San Antonio 57 New York 55: The Spurs end the first half on a nice run, taking their first lead since the first quarter. Expect both Woodson and Coach Poppovich to make adjustments during the break, as both teams need to tidy up defensively.
9:18 PM – 5:20 2nd Quarter- New York 48 San Antonio 42: New York has outplayed San Antonio so far this quarter, as Rasheed Wallace’s eight points have acted as a spark to the Knicks. Steve Novak and J.R. Smith have also contributed off the bench.
9:01 PM – End of 1st Quarter- New York 33 San Antonio 31: Woodson’s timeout at the 3:30 mark certainly seemed to have it’s affect; the Knicks finished the quarter on a 13-7 run to regain the lead in this high scoring affair. Raymond Felton leads the Knicks with nine points on three of five shooting, while Kawhi Leonard leads all scorers with ten points.
8:53 PM - 3:30 1st Quarter- San Antonio 24 New York 20: For two of the league’s top defensive teams, this isn’t exactly the pace of game that was expected,as the two teams have combined for 44 points on 58% shooting.
8:46 PM: Five minutes into the first quarter and the Knicks hold a 13-11 lead. Having already allowed three offensive rebounds, New York needs to start boxing out. Ronnie Brewer is out to a quick start, scoring five points on two of three shooting.
8:32 PM: We are just moments away from tonight’s tip. New York’s starting lineup is the same that it has been all season long: Jason Kidd, Raymond Felton, Ronnie Brewer, Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler. San Antonio counters with Tony Parker, Danny Green, Kawhi Leonard, Tim Duncan and Boris Diaw.
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What I’ll be looking for:
Tonight’s game will be more about the Knicks than it will be about the Spurs. It isn’t that the Knicks have to win tonight, but they do have something to prove. Yes, they’re 5-0, but with their only really impressive victory to this point coming at home against the Miami Heat, it’s impossible to be 100% sure just how real these Knicks are. A huge road win tonight would validate them as true contenders in this league.
To do so, New York will have to continue playing with the same defensive intensity as they have been all season long, specifically in the backcourt. If the likes of Raymond Felton, J.R. Smith and Ronnie Brewer can limit Tony Parket in the way that they have limited guards all season long, such as Dwyane Wade, O.J. Mayo, Darren Collison and Jrue Joliday, then it could be a long night for the Spurs.
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Written by Michael Burke
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