Parker and Spurs down hapless Knicks
New York, NY (Sports Network) – Tony Parker recorded season-highs with 24
points and 10 assists as the San Antonio Spurs held off the New York Knicks,
105-93, at Madison Square Garden.
Tim Duncan added 15 points and eight rebounds, converting a key three-point
play down the stretch, for the Spurs, who nearly blew a 23-point lead only to
hold on for their second straight win. Brent Barry had a season-high 19 points
and Manu Ginobili had 15 points and seven assists for San Antonio, which has
won three of its four games this season.
Stephon Marbury scored nine of his 18 points during a 20-2 fourth-quarter run
that drew New York within one possession, but he also missed the potential go-
ahead three-pointer as the Knicks fell for the third straight time.
Nate Robinson had 15 points and Quentin Richardson scored 14 for New York,
which continues to lose under new head coach Isiah Thomas despite showing life
for a five-minute span down the stretch.
After being dominated for the entire contest, the Knicks finally got going
early in the fourth quarter. Down 90-71 after Barry hit a three-pointer just
over three minutes into the quarter, New York went on a 20-2 run to make it a
Marbury and Robinson combined for 16 points during the surge, with Marbury
capping it with consecutive jumpers to get New York within 92-91 with 4:06 to
The Knicks then had a chance to take their first lead of the game after Duncan
was called for traveling on the Spurs’ ensuing possession, but Marbury’s
three-pointer with 3:32 left rimmed out and that was it for New York.
Parker hit a long jumper on the other end 20 seconds later and after the
Knicks came up empty following a time out, Duncan converted a three-point play
with 2:40 remaining to put the Spurs on their way to the win. The Spurs
eventually led 103-91 after scoring 11 straight points.
Eddy Curry, who was booed by the New York crowd on and off all night, ended
with 13 points and 11 boards.
The Spurs threatened to put this game away early. With the game tied 9-9 in
the first quarter, the Spurs went on a 14-4 run to go ahead for good. Bruce
Bowen started the surge with a three-pointer and Matt Bonner’s bucket with
under two minutes to play in the stanza capped it, allowing the Spurs to
cruise into the second with a 25-16 lead.
New York drew within 28-22 on a Robinson bucket early on, but San Antonio
quickly extended the lead. Still ahead by six, 30-24, the Spurs ran off 15
straight points to take their first 20-point cushion of the night. Parker and
Duncan combined for eight points during the run, which was ended by a Parker
bucket with just under half the quarter to play.
A pair of Francisco Elson free throws later in the quarter staked the Spurs to
their largest lead 52-29 and San Antonio cruised into halftime with a 54-41
lead. The Spurs then coasted through the third, carrying an 82-67 cushion into
the final 12 minutes.
New York guard Steve Francis left the game after rolling his left ankle in the
first quarter. He remained in the game briefly, but then left to have X-rays,
which came back negative. He had six points…The Knicks have lost three
straight and six of seven to the Spurs.