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NEW YORK (AP) — This Broadway fracture even made news on Hollywood’s gargantuan night time.

Hi there, when the Knicks consume a house sport, Spike Lee wants to know. Although he’s across the country on the Academy Awards, busy getting his personal gargantuan victory.

So when the Knicks snapped their franchise-file dropping trot at Madison Sq. Garden at 18 video games by beating the San Antonio Spurs 130-118 on Sunday night time, actor Samuel L. Jackson made the announcement from on stage to Lee . Lee used to be within the viewers on the night time he won the award for handiest director for “BlacKkKlansman,” but for see you later sat courtside when the Knicks outdated to consume home video games.

“It’s considerable,” guard Dennis Smith Jr acknowledged after his first home victory as a Knick.

“We’ve been having our fans come out and relief every night time and haven’t won here since Dec. 1. I wasn’t segment of that one, so I’m contented that we also can glean it tonight and actual give the fans one thing to gaze.”

Damyean Dotson scored 27 components, and Smith, Kevin Knox and Emmanuel Mudiay all had 19. Smith had 13 assists and Knox had 10 boards, while rookie Mitchell Robinson completed with 15 components, 14 rebounds and five blocked photography.

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

“They glean over it, they glean support to work,” he acknowledged. “And sometime you know the basketball gods will look out for you whenever you happen to’re doing that.”

DeMar DeRozan had 32 components and 9 rebounds for the Spurs, who fell to 1-6 on their run that ends Monday night time in Brooklyn. LaMarcus Aldridge scored 18 components, but used to be restricted to actual 13 minutes thru three quarters on account of unhealthy effort.

The Spurs came in as the NBA’s handiest 3-point taking pictures crew but were actual 6 for 24 within the support of the arc, a ways too depressed to form up for a atrocious defensive effort that had the Knicks finishing up the rims with slam dunks and taking pictures 51 p.c.

Coach Gregg Popovich credited his reserves for getting the Spurs support into the game within the 2nd half, however the outlet used to be too gargantuan.

“That community will get credit score for enjoying and doing their job the tactic as well they are able to peaceable,” he acknowledged. “Other than that, it used to be a pathetic performance defensively, however the Knicks had one thing to lift out with it.”

The Spurs were so off early that they didn’t even form one among their baskets. Knox and Smith both went for the rebound of Aldridge’s omit and not using a Spurs around and knocked it into the basket, with Aldridge getting credit score for the discipline scheme.

The Knicks led by 9 at halftime after which began to drag the Spurs off the ground within the third quarter. Pushing the tempo and getting some easy dunks on lobs, they opened a 90-67 advantage on a 3-pointer by Dotson. The Spurs had to name three timeouts within the period — two on the same time once they couldn’t glean the ball in after the first one — and were peaceable down 19 with actual over 2 minutes left within the period.

They scored the closing eight to diminish it to 94-83 getting into the fourth, but at any time when they perceived to enjoy any momentum, they’d throw the ball away, allow an offensive rebound or commit a unhealthy to stall.

“We crawled support from 20, received support within the game, gave ourselves an opportunity,” DeRozan acknowledged, “but it undoubtedly’s in actuality annoying to search out positives whenever you happen to’re alleged to come in a constructing admire this, against a crew admire this and glean a consume.”

TIP-INS

Spurs: Popovich acknowledged G Derrick White, now not too lengthy within the past returned from a heel damage, would play Monday in Brooklyn after sitting out the front stay of the support-to-support. … Jacob Poeltl had 12 components and 9 rebounds.

Knicks: C DeAndre Jordan sat out with a sprained left ankle. … Fizdale acknowledged G Frank Ntilikina used to be progressing in his restoration from a sore groin and now ready to lift out some running. … Fizdale used to be asked if he had actually appropriate any assorted kinds of tactics to manage with the Knicks’ struggles at home. “Esteem incense?” he answered.

COACH ON COACH

Popovich coached against Jeff Van Gundy when the Spurs beat the Knicks within the 1999 NBA Finals, and chosen him to coach the U.S. crew in qualifying video games for this summer season’s Basketball World Cup, the keep Popovich will lead the Individuals. 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 mediate most of us know that, but that’s now not continually what will get you hired,” Popovich acknowledged. “It’s instances and these kinds of issues and personal instances, and timing has to be lovely and all that. However he undoubtedly is anyone who would form a franchise better, with none doubt.”

FAMILIAR FACE

David Lee sat courtside along with his fiance, tennis considerable person Caroline Wozniacki. Lee played for both groups, beginning his occupation with the Knicks in 2005 and playing his closing season with the Spurs in 2016-17.

UP NEXT

Spurs: At Brooklyn on Monday night time.

Knicks: Host Orlando on Tuesday night time.

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