The NBA leading Spurs came into the Garden with a four-game winning streak and the Knicks blew them out of the building with a 128-115 victory.
Led by the torrid shooting of Wilson Chandler (season high 31 points), the Knicks controlled the game from the first quarter. Their 55% shooting was the highest field goal percentage a team had against the Spurs traditionally stingy defense all year.
Raymond Felton and Amare Stoudemire added 28 points each and rookie player of the month of December, Landry Fields, provided 13 points in 40 gritty minutes.
The Knicks were so overwhelming that with 3 minutes left in the the game Gregg Popovich called his starters back to the bench and waved the white flag after the Knicks took the game to double digits.
If the Knicks hadn’t proved it before, this game confirms that this team can score on anybody. Even without an injured Danillo Gallinari (knee), the Knicks were unstoppable on the offensive front. Defensively they held the Spurs to 20 points in the fourth quarter showing the energy and willingness to shut a team down.
As the Knicks head into a grueling west coast trip featuring the Suns, Lakers, Blazers and Jazz this game bodes well for the future. As long as the shooting strokes stay hot the Knicks have a chance to steal a couple more games and sneak their way into true contention.