Carmelo Anthony and Iman Shumpert both finished with 27 points to help the New York Knicks slip by the San Antonio Spurs, 105-101. The Knicks had an impressive game shooting the ball in this one, going 39-76 (51.3%) from the field, including 9-17 (52.9%) from three-point range. This snaps a three-game losing streak for New York (10-21).
Anthony shot 10-20 (2-4 from three-point range) and 5-5 from the free throw line. Beno Udrih contributed 10 points and 7 assists for New York as well. Marco Belinelli had a strong performance for San Antonio in the loss, putting up 32 points on 12-16 shooting, including 6-9 from behind the arc. Manu Ginobili added 11 points and 12 assists.
Along with their eFG% of 57.2%, the Knicks connected at a rate of 52.9% from 3-point range. On the season, they are undefeated (4-0) when they record marks above 55% and 40% in those respective categories. Conversely, the Spurs are winless (0-5) when allowing their opponents to reach those percentages.
This defeat means an end to a three-game winning streak for San Antonio, pushing their record to 25-8 for the year.
Coming up next, the Knicks play the Houston Rockets, who are 21-13 on the year. The Spurs match up against the Los Angeles Clippers, currently 22-12 this season. The Knicks are 0-1 versus Houston this season. The Spurs have a 0-1 record against Los Angeles this season.