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Raymond Felton led the Knicks in scoring with 25 points on 10-20 shooting with seven assists. The Knicks had five players score in double figures and not one of them was named Carmelo Anthony (Nine Points).
The Knicks trailed 89-77 with 7:14 remaining in the game but, outscored the Spurs 27-11 down the stretch with Jason Kidd, J.R. Smith and Felton combining to score 22 of those points.
Carmelo Anthony only scored nine, but contributed by leading the Knicks with 12 rebounds, five of them on the offensive glass to go along with three assists.
Jason Kidd had 14 points, with nine of them coming in the comeback effort, hitting three, three pointers to help spark the run that led to the Knicks victory.
Tony Parker led the Spurs in scoring with 19 points to go along with 12 assists. He was one of six Spurs to score in double figures. Felton was the only player to score more than 20 points with both teams going over 100.
This is the first time the Knicks have won in San Antonio since 2003. If you were wondering, yes Kurt Thomas was on that squad.
The Knicks are 6-0 for only the second time in franchise history, only the 7-0 start by the 1993-1994 Knicks was better.
What a game. What an effort. What a win for the New York Knicks tonight.
Raymond Felton had his best game of the season by far. With the tough and frustrating task of guarding Tony Parker, he kept him in check the final seven minutes of the game and sparked the comeback with some very good decisions with the basketball. He led the team in scoring and was taking advantage of what the Spurs were giving him. His drives to the lane off the pick and roll were a great imitation of what Tony Parker had been doing all night and got the Knicks on their way towards the win.
His back court mate Jason Kidd had been quiet for most of the game and had a bad habit of leaving his guy wide open for three on more than a few occasions, but things changed when the Knicks needed him the most. His three pointers in the comeback were all clutch and at first cut a 10 point lead to four points and then his third took a two point Knicks lead to a five point lead with a minute left. He also had two steals, two assists and three blocks. Another great effort from the veteran.
Carmelo Anthony didn't score much and was getting pretty much beat up all night by the Spurs with the referees enjoying the show. Be that as it may, Anthony contributed in other ways that has been his trademark early in the season. He was the decoy on offense as the Spurs sent double and triple teams at him but still got his assists and led the team in rebounds. Five of those boards were on the offensive end and his passing was crisp all night. During the comeback tonight, Melo was a catalyst defensively and was showing the toughness of a leader, which every Knicks player mentioned after the game.
J.R. Smith also struggled for the most part, but when he was needed, he again came through, hitting the go ahead three after some great ball movement. He admitted before the game that last year he partied too much and has now buckled down and want to just play ball, which has resulted in his best stretch of basketball. 17 points led the way for the guys off the bench and was playing during crunch time which if you had a choice is better than hearing your name in the introductions.
Tony Parker is a great player. Not good, but great. He constantly got into the lane to get his points and when the Knicks shut that down, he was finding the open man time and time again. Tiago Splitter had 13 straight points in the fourth, he can thank Parker for that. But Parker got cold at the end of the game and when his game got closed down completely, the Spurs went down with him.
People, including myself kept calling this game a test and for 41 minutes, it looked like the doubters of the Knicks were about to enjoy a game that looked a lot like past Knicks efforts. But those final seven minutes to me were the difference between past Knicks teams and this team we are seeing out there so far this season. They played tough defense, played controlled and smart on offense and came away with their best win of this young season.
Coming up next, the Knicks travel to Memphis to take on the Grizzlies at the Fedex Forum, Friday night at 9:30 PM. The game will be on MSG & ESPN.