Manu Ginobili said it best after Monday’s win over the depleted Utah Jazz, the San Antonio Spurs were due for a letdown. The Silver and Black had their letdown, but still managed to squeak out a victory to keep their perfect home record in tact.
Kawhi Leonard had 19 points and 12 rebounds as the Spurs survived a rare home scare to defeat the New York Knicks 100-99 at the AT&T Center on Friday night.
LaMarcus Aldridge, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker all added 16 points each for San Antonio, who remain a perfect 22-0 at home.
With the Spurs dominating at home and blowing out their opponents, they finally were tested for the first time inside the friendly confines. San Antonio was up 100-99 with seconds remaining, but Jose Calderon’s shot fell short as time expired, keeping the Silver and Black’s streak alive.
“At the end we have to play better defense,” Parker said. “That’s a good look that we gave away. Calderon is a good shooter. It looked good, I thought it was going in.”
New York was led by rookie Kristaps Porzingis’ 28 points. Carmelo Anthony added 20 points on 5-of-15 shooting and Robin Lopez chipped in 12 for the Knicks (18-20), who had their three game win streak snapped.
“I thought it was best to allow the game to finish up as it was going,” Fisher said. “Their defense wasn’t really set. Everybody was trying to scramble to figure out how they matched up. We made a good basketball play. We got a good shooter an open look, and it just didn’t go in.”
The Spurs are now 32-6 on the season and will return to the court on Monday when they travel to Brooklyn to take on the Nets at 6 p.m. inside the Barclays Center.