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[sny-box]Carmelo Anthony, who scored a season-low 16 points in the Knicks' first game vs. San Antonio, had 27 points in his return to the lineup.
This marked the Knicks' first win against a Western Conference team.
Five different Knicks scored in double-figures, including Iman Shumpert, who had a career-high 27 points.
The Spurs' front-court tandem of Kawhi Leonard and Tim Duncan were held to a combined 17 points and 11 rebounds.[/sny-box]
A streak no more.
New York bucked a pair of streaks -- a string of three straight losses and a nine-game losing mark to Western Conference opponents, as they upset the Spurs (25-8), 105-101.
After clinging to a five-point lead at halftime, the Knicks were able to stave off the Spurs late in the fourth quarter, finally displaying that oh-so-important defense that has been lacking all season long.
Tied at 98 with 1:12 remaining, Iman Shumpert made a 3 to give the Knicks back the lead, but Marco Belinelli answered right back to knot it up at 101. Again, it was Shump who took over, giving the Knicks a two-point lead before Carmelo Anthony closed out the win with a pair of free-throws.
Anthony, who was sidelined for the past three games due to an ankle injury, returned to the lineup to score a team-high 27 points and team-high 12 rebounds. Shumpert also had 27 points, a season-best mark.
Three other Knicks scored in double-figures, including Andrea Bargnani (10), Beno Udrih (10) and Amare' Stoudemire (11) off the bench. In all, three of the Knicks starters had positive +/- marks on the night.
New York now owns an 1-9 mark against the West on the year.
The Spurs were led by Belinelli, who led all scorers with 32 points, including six made 3s. Tony Parker added 12 points and seven assists, and Manu Ginobli contributed 11 points and 12 assists off the bench.
The Spurs' front-court tandem of Tim Duncan and Kawhi Leonard combined for 17 points and 11 boards.