J.R. Smith pulled off an acrobatic dunk with the Knicks pulling away in the fourth quarter to cap another electrifying performance off the bench. Midway through the fourth quarter, Smith hauled in a Pablo Prigioni pass in midair and slammed home a one-handed reverse dunk.
All the big names â?” Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili â?” were present and accounted for on Wednesday at Madison Square Garden which may have been a blessing for the Knicks.
San Antonio forward Stephen Jackson suffered a sprained ankle and didn’t return to the game after tripping over a waitress crouching in front of Bloomberg along the sideline during the Knicks’ 100-83 win Thursday night over the Spurs at the Garden.
In retrospect, Gregg Popovich should have sent Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker back to San Antonio before the Spurs ever reached the Garden on Thursday night.
Anne Donovan, who plans to step down as the women’s basketball coach at Seton Hall at the end of the season, will return to the W.N.B.A. to coach the Connecticut Sun.
The Nets have gone 3-1 since their change of coaches and seem happy to stick with P. J. Carlesimo â?? though Phil Jackson is said to be No. 1 on their wish list.
Five weeks ago, Coach Gregg Popovich was fined for sitting his top players for the Spurs’ fourth game in five days. Against the Knicks, after a similar stretch, Popovich opted to keep his lineup intact.
Led by Carmelo Anthony, a balanced offense and tight defense, the Knicks ran away from San Antonio on Thursday, ending the Spurs’ seven-game winning streak.
Coach Mike D’Antoni praised Amar’e Stoudemire, who made six All-Star appearances playing for D’Antoni despite a sometimes strained relationship, for his new defensive attitude.
Bench player Steve Novak led a sizzling three-point shooting display as the New York Knicks mixed spectacular offense with a much improved defense to stun the red-hot San Antonio Spurs with a 100-83 win at Madison Square Garden on Thursday.
J.J. Barea scored 12 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter while All-Star forward Kevin Love sat on the bench with a sprained finger, lifting the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 101-97 win over the Denver Nuggets on Thursday night.
Carmelo Anthony scored 23 points and J.R. Smith kept up his surge with 20 as the New York Knicks were able to hold on against San Antonio in what had been a close game for three quarters.
The Knicks have gone just 5-5 in their last 10 games, allowing an average of 101.3 points per game, which ranks a dismal 25th for that span.