Beyond the Box Score: Leonard/Aldridge help Spurs beat Knicks yet again


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San Antonio Spurs (26-12)






New York Knicks (18-19)






NEW YORK – Kawhi Leonard dropped a season-high 25 points, LaMarcus Aldridge pitched in a team-high 29 points en route to a nine-point victory inside Madison Square Garden in front of 19,000-plus Tuesday night as the Spurs obtained its second victory against the New York Knicks in the last six days.


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·       Spread before tip-off: SA -5.0

·       Score: San Antonio Spurs 100, New York Knicks 91

·       Records: Spurs (26-12)   |   Knicks (18-19)

·       Date: Tuesday, Jan. 2 | 6:30 p.m. CST tip-off

·       Location: Madison Square Garden | New York, NY

·       Attendance: 19,812

·       Series: San Antonio Spurs lead the all-time series 56-40 (52-39 regular season, 4-1 playoffs)

·       Referees: Josh Tiven, Kevin Cutler, Kane Fitzgerald

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After the Spurs found themselves being down by four points after one quarter of play, a 27-point performance in the second quarter helped San Antonio possess a slim three-point lead at the break. Spurs controlled the majority of the 3rd quarter, which was capped by an unusual successful three-pointer in the wondering seconds by Manu Ginobli. Beginning the 4th quarter with a 14-point lead, San Antonio made shots down the stretch as the Spurs won, yet again, against the Knicks and now have won four of its last five games.


·       In the win, the Spurs shot an astonishing 37.8 percent (31-for-82) from the floor, compared to New York’s 35-of-87 (40.2 percent) from the floor in the loss.

·       San Antonio recorded a 10-of-27 (37.0 percent) mark from three and went 28-of-34 (82.4 percent) from the charity stripe. The Knicks, meanwhile, went 7-of-22 (31.8 percent) from beyond-the-arc and went 14-of-18 from the foul line (77.8 percent).

·       Both teams managed to grab 50 team rebounds each.

·       Despite the Knicks finishing with 10 more assists than the Spurs (21-11), San Antonio registered 11 steals as a team while New York only recorded five.


·       The 1st quarter saw just two ties and a whopping twelve lead changes as the Knicks held a slim four-point lead after one quarter of play; six different Spurs players scored.

·       Leonard found Ginobli for three with just under three minutes til half to tie the game up at 45; part of a 11-0 Spurs run.

·       Two trifectas by Leonard in less than a minute apart in the third helped San Antonio take control of the game; part of a 7-1 Spurs run this time.

·       Ginobli tried to finish a high-low pass to Aldridge; instead sunk the three-pointer on the unique successful trifecta in the wondering seconds of the third to give the Spurs a 14-point lead after three.

·       Knicks pulled within seven after a successful Willy Gernangomez free throw with 5:42 to go in regulation, but a 6-0 San Antonio run over next 3 ½ minutes helped put the game away

·       A mini 6-0 run by New York (four points by Doug McDermott) with under a minute to go brings Knicks within seven, but Davis Bertans ices the game at the free throw line for the win.


·       Aldridge, a five-time, and potentially six-time, NBA All-Star, recorded 29 points and six boards; has reached double-figure scoring performances in every game played in this season.

·       With the victory, head coach Greg Popovich earned his 1,176th career victory as a NBA coach; enough for 5th all-time in career NBA coaching victories.

·       Leonard, who missed his first five three-point shots made his final three attempts, dropped a season-high 25 points in 31 minutes of action; his first. 30-plus minute outing this season.

·       San Antonio has limited its opponent to 100 points or fewer in seven of its last eight games (6-2).

·       Danny Green did not play in the 2nd half on Tuesday; Pop indicated he might have been shut down after battling a left groin injury.

·       Knicks starting backcourt outscored Spurs’ 23-6 Tuesday night.

·       Michael Beasley led the way for New York with 18 points and nine boards off the bench.

·       All five of the Knicks’ starters managed to reach double-digit scoring performances.


·       San Antonio wraps up a three-game road trip Wednesday in Pennyslvania with a meeting with the 76ers. The Spurs face Philadelphia inside Wells Fargo Center with a 6:00 PM CT tip-off slate.

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