The New York Knicks (22-10) Defeated the San Antonio Spurs (26-9) by a score of 100-83 last night at Madison Square Garden.
The Knicks needed this game badly last night, not as much for the win-loss column but more so for their psyche going forward. The defense has been lacking the past few weeks and this game showed how dominant they can be on that front. Bottom line is it doesn't matter whose out there on the floor as long as when you're on defense you focus, communicate, and show relentless effort which the Knicks succeeded at all three phases yesterday evening vs the Spurs.
On the offensive front Carmelo Anthony (23 Points 8 Rebounds) continued to lead the way with J.R. Smith adding in 20 points off the bench. Steve Novak showed the touch we all became accustomed to going 5-7 from downtown scoring 15 points. Prigioni was also big off the bench dishing 9 dimes and throwing a highlight reel reverse alley oop to J.R. Smith to put the finishing touches on this ballgame. Amar'e Stoudemire looked a lot better coming back from his knee injury (10 Points 2 rebounds) but still you can see he is not 100 percent yet. I don't expect him to play major minutes anytime soon but in a few weeks you can expect him to regain some of his old explosiveness, and be a real force for the Knicks off the bench.
Do not allow anyone to downgrade this win by any-means. Yes the Spurs played the night before and were in a stretch of 4 games in 5 nights but everyone is dealing with fatigue around this time of the year. That is what a solid bench is for, and according to Jason Kidd "This Knicks team might be deeper than the 2010-2011 Mavs Championship team".
This is the first time the Knicks swept the Spurs in the regular season since the 2002-2003 season.
Last Nights Knicks win snapped the Spurs 7 game win streak.
Knicks are 4-0 Vs the Heat and Spurs this season.
Next Game: 1/5 @ Orlando Magic 7:00 PM MSG