The Spurs snapped the New York Knicks‘ three-game winning streak with a commanding victory. New York seemed lackluster and unprepared for the evening in San Antonio. Despite the Spurs coming off a tiring loss to the Nets the night before, they came out and outperformed the Knickerbockers in all categories. Immanuel Quickley (26 points) and Trey Lyles (18 points) led the scoring for their respective sides. Here are the takeaways from the game that ended 93-119.
Frank Ntilikina starts his first of the season
With Derrick Rose and Elfrid Payton both out, Thibodeau was forced to incorporate Frank Ntilikina into the starting lineup. However, he played an impressive game with 13 points on 5/7 FG. He played aggressive defense and filled in well. The Frenchman had great shooting in the second half and helped the Knicks to remain near San Antonio for a while. Although he’ll be relegated to the bench once Rose and Payton return, fans won’t forget this performance from Ntilikina.
Terrible defense sinks Knicks
New York played woeful defense tonight against the Spurs. Although they help up in the first half, the team collapsed on the defensive end of the floor later on. Thibodeau’s men struggled to get rebounds and gave up many unnecessary fouls. However, the Spurs also had phenomenal three-point-shooting in the second half which brought significant troubles to the Orange and Blue. An uncharacteristic game defensively for the Knicks brings them back to .500.
Immanuel Quickley continues to perform well
Perhaps the only bright spot for Knick fans tonight is that of rookie Immanuel Quickley. The rookie was electric off the bench and added much-needed energy to the floor. Finishing with 26 points and four assists, this was one of the stronger games for the young guard. What seems all the more impressive is his productivity on the court as he put up high numbers in under 30 minutes. Heads were turned when Ntilikina started over him, however, he was still able to put in a fantastic performance. Fans will surely wonder what could have been if he was given the start and played for longer.
The Knicks head back to New York to face the Pistons again after cruising past them on Sunday. Detroit will be playing with a chip on their shoulder as New York will be given an opportunity to redeem themselves after this less-than-perfect performance in Texas.