City Sports Report

Knicks Shock Spurs, 128-115 by Derrel “Jazz” Johnson

The New York Knicks hosted the team with the best record in the National Basketball Association, the San Antonio Spurs, who entered the contest with a record of 29-4, 10 games better than the Knicks, who entered the contest at 19-14, a day after finding out starting forward Danilo Gallinari would be out two-to-three weeks with a knew sprain.  The Spurs, meanwhile, came into the game allowing opponents to score 96.7 points per game.  The Knicks surpassed that total…with 1:43 left in the third quarter, on their way to a 128-115 victory over the Spurs.
Knicks head coach Mike D’Antoni was extremely pleased with his team’s effort.  “This is a good win.  We are in a good spot.  Wilson Chandler was just outstanding.  I think we are a very confident group without being crazy.”  When asked about guard Raymond Felton, D’Antoni said “He is a guy who will rise to the occasion.  He has a big heart.  He grinds it out.  He did that in college.  His biggest attribute is his heart.  He just wills himself t win and plays well.  Against bigger guys and against bigger stakes he does more.” 
Felton, who scored 28 points, handed out 7 assists and grabbed 4 rebounds, agreed with his coach.  “It is a big win for us.  It just shows how could we can really be.  I think our defense fueled our offense.  I think we were able to control the tempo against them.”  The Knicks only had six turnovers in the game.  “Everybody did a great job of taking care of the ball.  Everybody did a great job of moving the ball and making the (right) passes.” Felton said.  Wilson Chandler, who tied his season high with 31 points along with 9 rebounds and 4 assists, said “It’s a very big (win).  We lost two games on the road and it was good for us to get this win.”
Amar’e Stoudemire, who also scored 28 points, with 9 rebounds and 6 assists, had similar thoughts as his teammates.  “It was a big win for us.  It was very intriguing the way we played tonight.  We had great energy from the start.  Wilson Chandler played a phenomenal game.  They had no answer for him.”  When asked about defeating one of the best teams in the league, Stoudemire replied “I feel like we match up against the best teams.  We played tough against Miami in Miami and we played tough against Boston twice.”
NBA Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for November and December Landry Fields joined Chandler, Felton and Stoudemire in double figures with 13 points, while adding 6 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 steals.  
Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich was straightforward about his team’s fifth loss of the season.  “It is just basketball, it is not tricky.  They were more aggressive, more physical.  They were hungrier than we were and it showed in a lot of ways.  Turnovers, second-chance points, that kind of thing.  It we score 115 points, I expect to win the game.  Our defense was pathetic.”  Coach Popovich took his big three of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili out of the game with over three minutes and an 11-point deficit, and was unapologetic about it.  “I did that, absolutely.  We have a game tomorrow and it is a long season.  The chances of winning the game were not good.”  He was very complimentary to the Knicks.  “They are a very good basketball team.  They are not a dangerous team, they are a good team, and there is a big difference.”
Tim Duncan felt the Knicks dictated the pace of the game.  “They made us play their game instead of us making them play our game.  They got up and down, made shots, had it rolling in every direction and we couldn’t find a way to stop them so credit them.  They played a great game tonight.  Usually we can find a way to slow things down and contain things a bit, but we didn’t do that tonight.  Just credit to them, they did a great job.”
The Spurs had six players, including all five starters, in double figures, led by Tony Parker with 26 points and 6 assists.  DeJuan Blair had 17 points and 8 rebounds, while Manu Ginobili added 15 points, 5 assists and 5 rebounds.  Tim Duncan scored 14 points and grabbed 6 boards, while Richard Jefferson and George Hill each added 13.


  1. Joe

    January 5, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    The Knicks have a lot of talent. I was one of those guys killing them for taking Fields over Stephenson, but that was an excellent choice. Regarding Carmelo, I hope they wait until the season is over to acquire him. This is not the time to breakup this group.

    • razzandjazzsports

      January 6, 2011 at 6:44 pm

      Yes, they do have a lot of talent. If it weren’t for Blake Griffin, Fields would be the leading candidate for Rookie of the Year. Adding Carmelo to this group would make them a serious contender to win it all.

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