After finishing 3-3 on their West Coast trip, the New York Knicks returned home to face the San Antonio Spurs tonight. Tonight’s game is the first of a three-game homestand to end the year for them. From the start, this game was extremely entertaining. The game was fast-paced, intense, and had both teams playing extremely tough for all four quarters. A back and forth battle, the Knicks would ultimately come away with a narrow 102-98 victory.
Both Offenses Struggle Early
For the majority of the first half, it seemed as if neither offense could get going. San Antonio, in particular, couldn’t hit a shoot to start. They began the game shooting 4/18 from the field. Additionally, New York had their fair share of early struggles too as their shots were not going in. In particular, RJ Barrett had a rough start to the game.
At the end of the first quarter, the score was 20-18 in favor of the Knicks. However, it seemed as if it were anyone’s game. Shots for either team weren’t falling, and the score was back and forth. At halftime, it was New York with the lead by a score of 46-43.
Spurs Take 17 Point Lead in 3rd Quarter
To begin the second half, the Spurs began to take control of the game. Though New York was up by 3 at the half, San Antonio stormed into the lead. They began the half shooting a perfect 10/10 from the field, and it seemed Tom Thibodeau‘s Knicks had no answer. At one point in the third quarter, the Spurs even led by 17 points, 75-58.
However, the Knicks came storming back.
Knicks Offense Comes Alive to Win
Even though they were down by 17 points, the Knicks cut the deficit to 4 points by the end of the third quarter. RJ Barrett and Alec Burks came alive as the team went on a 15-2 run to end the quarter. Heading into the final twelve minutes of the game, momentum was on New York’s side.
Though it was close, the Knicks were in the lead for most of the fourth quarter. With under a minute to go and the Knicks up 96-94, Julius Randle hit a jumper that put the game in the Knicks hands.
New York would come away with a gritty 102-98 win on their home floor.
Locked into the 10th seed, the Spurs will head home to face the Suns for the final two games, Saturday and Sunday. Meanwhile, the Knicks stay home and will host the Hornets on Saturday afternoon.