|(29-5, 10-3 away)|
|(20-14, 10-7 home)|
“We feel like we can match up with the best of them. We played Miami tough in Miami, we played Boston tough both games, so we’ve got some quality wins against some pretty good teams. So we feel like we’re right there, but we’ve just got to play with some consistency and keep it going all year,” Amar’e Stoudemire
“It’s a testament of how good this team around here can be. We are missing a major component, and it’s on everybody else to raise their game and we showed that tonight,” Rony Turiaf
Stunning. Wonderful. Fantabulous.
The NBA-best San Antonio Spurs (29-5) stopped by the Big Apple Garden to wreak havoc on an improving Knicks squad but were run out of town with another loss in a scoring party. No group had been chased so quickly out of the Garden since Adam and Eve were sent packing for taking a bite out of a little apple. The Knicks continued their relentless play and beat the new-look, offensive-minded Spurs at a running game which featured a small enough element of defense for the home team to win.
With Gallinaiir gone and Rony Turiaf starting in his place, the Knicks had to rely on others to step up their game. The big boost came from the play of Wilson Chandler who has been steadily improving. Chandler led the team with 31 points on 13-19 shooting and nine rebounds. He shot .500 from the arc and scored in a variety of ways including slicing through the Spurs minimalist defense and evading set defenders in the paint to avoid charging calls which have plaqued him previously.
Raymond Felton and Amar’e Stoudemire added 28 each as they both were so unstoppable that Spurs coach Greg Popovich surrendered with three minutes left by pulling his starters in discuss while down by only ten points. They simply could not play defense and he could not keep them on the floor, especially with a game tonight against Boston. Amar’e also contributed 9 boards, six assists and 3 blocks. Felton added 7 assists as he proved to strong for Parker who was too quick for him on the other end.
Landry Fields added 13 points and six boards.