BC-BKN–Spurs-Knicks,3rd Ld-Writethru

AP Basketball Creator

NEW YORK (AP) — This Broadway fracture even made files on Hollywood’s huge evening.

Hey, when the Knicks have interaction a residence game, Spike Lee needs to know. Even if he’s across the country on the Academy Awards, busy getting his cling huge victory.

So when the Knicks snapped their franchise-epic losing skedaddle at Madison Square Garden at 18 games by beating the San Antonio Spurs 130-118 on Sunday evening, actor Samuel L. Jackson made the announcement from on stage to Lee . Lee was once in the target market on the evening he obtained the award for easiest director for “BlacKkKlansman,” but for goodbye sat courtside when the Knicks frail to have interaction residence games.

“It’s predominant,” guard Dennis Smith Jr said after his first residence victory as a Knick.

“We’ve been having our followers reach out and pork up every evening and haven’t obtained here since Dec. 1. I wasn’t segment of that one, so I’m cheerful that we might possibly catch it tonight and proper give the followers one thing to peek.”

Damyean Dotson scored 27 functions, and Smith, Kevin Knox and Emmanuel Mudiay all had 19. Smith had 13 assists and Knox had 10 boards, whereas rookie Mitchell Robinson accomplished with 15 functions, 14 rebounds and 5 blocked shots.

Coach David Fizdale said the Knicks never talked about their residence skid, which began after a victory over Milwaukee.

“They catch over it, they catch aid to work,” he said. “And at some level you know the basketball gods will peep out for you whereas you’re doing that.”

DeMar DeRozan had 32 functions and nine rebounds for the Spurs, who fell to 1-6 on their outing that ends Monday evening in Brooklyn. LaMarcus Aldridge scored 18 functions, but was once exiguous to proper 13 minutes thru three quarters as a result of scandalous anxiousness.

The Spurs came in because the NBA’s easiest 3-level taking pictures team but were proper 6 for twenty-four in the aid of the arc, a ways too unhappy to originate up for a rotten defensive effort that had the Knicks carrying out the rims with slam dunks and taking pictures 51 percent.

Coach Gregg Popovich credited his reserves for getting the Spurs aid into the sport in the 2nd half, but the opening was once too huge.

“That neighborhood will get credit rating for taking part in and doing their job the vogue they decide to,” he said. “Instead of that, it was once a pathetic efficiency defensively, but the Knicks had one thing to enact with it.”

The Spurs were so off early that they didn’t even originate realistic one of their baskets. Knox and Smith each and each went for the rebound of Aldridge’s miss without a Spurs spherical and knocked it into the basket, with Aldridge getting credit rating for the subject aim.

The Knicks led by nine at halftime and then started to plod the Spurs off the ground in the third quarter. Pushing the tempo and getting some easy dunks on lobs, they opened a 90-67 abet on a 3-pointer by Dotson. The Spurs needed to name three timeouts in the period — two on the identical time after they couldn’t catch the ball in after the first one — and were accrued down 19 with proper over 2 minutes left in the period.

They scored the wonderful eight to minimize it to 94-83 entering the fourth, but on every occasion they perceived to have any momentum, they’d throw the ball away, enable an offensive rebound or commit a scandalous to stall.

“We crawled aid from 20, got aid in the sport, gave ourselves a chance,” DeRozan said, “but it’s genuinely onerous to rating positives whereas you’re imagined to return in a building love this, in opposition to a team love this and catch a have interaction.”


Spurs: Popovich said G Derrick White, no longer too long in the past returned from a heel injury, would play Monday in Brooklyn after sitting out the entrance cease of the aid-to-aid. … Jacob Poeltl had 12 functions and nine rebounds.

Knicks: C DeAndre Jordan sat out with a sprained left ankle. … Fizdale said G Frank Ntilikina was once progressing in his restoration from a sore groin and now able to enact some working. … Fizdale was once asked if he had realistic any diverse styles of programs to take care of the Knicks’ struggles at residence. “Admire incense?” he answered.


Popovich coached in opposition to Jeff Van Gundy when the Spurs beat the Knicks in the 1999 NBA Finals, and selected him to educate the U.S. team in qualifying games for this summer’s Basketball World Cup, the put Popovich will lead the People. Popovich praised the work of Van Gundy, who hasn’t been an NBA coach since going 52-30 with Houston in 2006-07.

“He’s better than most of us as a coach. I judge most folk know that, but that’s no longer consistently what will get you hired,” Popovich said. “It’s conditions and those styles of issues and private scenarios, and timing need to be appropriate and all that. But he surely is any individual who would originate a franchise better, with none doubt.”


David Lee sat courtside with his fiance, tennis star Caroline Wozniacki. Lee accomplished for each and each groups, starting up his profession with the Knicks in 2005 and playing his closing season with the Spurs in 2016-17.


Spurs: At Brooklyn on Monday evening.

Knicks: Host Orlando on Tuesday evening.


Extra AP NBA: https://apnews.com/designate/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports

Read More