SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio’s greatest participant, Kawhi Leonard, was a late scratch as a result of, in keeping with the crew, “Return from Harm Administration.” That is one other technique to spell “Relaxation.”
But it surely did not actually matter. The Spurs are nonetheless higher than the Knicks, they’re extra poised than the Knicks, and so they predictably defeated the Knicks on Thursday, 119-107.
Kristaps Porzingis fouled out late within the fourth quarter after scoring 18 factors with six blocks, however having been outplayed by San Antonio’s frontcourt of LaMarcus Aldridge (25 factors) and Pau Gasol (17 factors, 11 assists). In contrast to the final three losses, the Knicks by no means had an opportunity down the stretch. There wasn’t a possibility for collapse.
It is formally bother time. The Knicks (17-18) misplaced 4 in a row for the primary time this season. They fell under .500 for the primary time since they had been 12-13. Additionally they dipped to a putrid 2-12 on the street, with nonetheless 16 of their subsequent 22 video games away from the Backyard.
The earlier two years the season slipped away round January. The warning sides are there for this crew.
In opposition to the Bulls on Wednesday, coach Jeff Hornacek lamented that the crew wasn’t exhibiting the requisite toughness. In opposition to the Spurs (25-11) a day later, the Knicks had been merely outclassed. They trailed for all however 30 seconds of the second half.
Regardless of Leonard’s absence, the Spurs jumped on the Knicks early whereas constructing a 10-point benefit within the first quarter. Tony Parker, 35, led the preliminary cost with 10 factors in his first six minutes.
The Knicks, taking part in on the second evening of a back-to-back following Wednesday’s brutal loss to the Bulls, rebounded within the second quarter and trailed by just one on the break. However the second half was all San Antonio, which shot over 50 %. The sport was killed with an 11-Zero Spurs run early within the fourth quarter.
Frank Ntilikina acquired an opportunity to go head-to-head towards his idol advert fellow Frenchman – Parker – and notched a career-high 11 assists. Michael Beasley scored a team-high 23 factors for the reeling Knicks.