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Amar’e Stoudemire shows improvement in Knicks’ win over Spurs

Posted By Michael Burke On Jan 3 2013 @ 10:43 pm In New York Knicks | No Comments

How it went down:

The New York Knicks defeated the San Antonio Spurs, 100-83, securing a season sweeping of Greg Popovich’s club.

The Knicks last met the Spurs in mid-November, needing to rally back from being down 12 points late in the fourth to steal a win. This time, however, the game went much smoother for New York.

Despite leading by just two at the halfway point, the Knicks blew the game open in the second half, leading at one point by 25 points.

Carmelo Anthony scored a game-high 23 points after a strong second half offensively, while also grabbing eight rebounds.

The win gives the Knicks a record of 22-10 on the season, good for a five game lead in the Atlantic Division and second in the Eastern Conference.

Stat Back:

Despite a stat line (no pun intended) that was very average–just 10 points on 4-of-10 shooting from the field–Amar’e Stoudemire took a big leap forward from his performance on Tuesday night in the loss to Portland.

Stoudemire had multiple shots rim out, and, more importantly, seemed to fit right into the Knicks’ system.

He had a +/- of +9 and played well with Carmelo Anthony when the two were on the floor together, something that many critics had doubted was possible. It’s just one game, but it is an encouraging sign.

Back to the basics:

After more than two weeks of inconsistency on the defensive side of the ball, New York reminded its fans of the Knicks team that began the season as the best defensive team in the league.

Against the best offensive team in the NBA, the Knicks allowed just 83 points, the lowest total that the Spurs have had in a loss this season, and their second lowest scoring effort overall.

New York held San Antonio to just 36% shooting from the field, while no Spurs player scored over 12 points.

Attacking the glass:

In another turn of events, the Knicks–a perfect example of a poor rebounding team–out-rebounded the Spurs by 13 en route to 48 rebounds, including 10 on the offensive glass.

Tyson Chandler led the way with 14 boards, and every Knick that entered the game pulled down at least two rebounds.

Three-pointer galore:

Led by five three-pointers from Steve Novak, New York shot an efficient 44% from downtown, making 12 of its 27 attempts. Meanwhile, San Antonio made just nine of its 34 attempts from distance.

Up next:

The Knicks next take the court on Saturday night, when they travel to Orlando to face the Magic.

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