NBA: Knicks vs Spurs

The Knicks put away what had been a close game for three quarters,

scoring the first 10 points of the fourth to take a 17-point lead, routing the Spurs with a 100-83 victory Thursday night.

San Antonio Spurs v New York Knicks

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 03: James White #4 grabs Tyson Chandler #6 of the New York Knicks following the Knicks 100-83 victory over the San Antonio Spurs at Madison Square Garden on January 3, 2013 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

San Antonio Spurs v New York Knicks

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 03: The San Antonio Spurs bench waits for the end of the game late in the fourth quarter against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on January 3, 2013 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. The Knicks defeated the Spurs 100-83. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

San Antonio Spurs v New York Knicks

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 03: J.R. Smith #8 of the New York Knicks scores a second half basket against the San Antonio Spurs at Madison Square Garden on January 3, 2013 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. The Knicks defeated the Spurs 100-83. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

San Antonio Spurs v New York Knicks

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 03: Carmelo Anthony #7 of the New York Knicks scores two against the San Antonio Spurs at Madison Square Garden on January 3, 2013 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. The Knicks defeated the Spurs 100-83. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

San Antonio Spurs v New York Knicks

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 03: Amar'e Stoudemire #1 of the New York Knicks argues a call with the ref during the game against the San Antonio Spurs at Madison Square Garden on January 3, 2013 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. The Knicks fdefeated the Spurs 100-83. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

San Antonio Spurs v New York Knicks

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 03: Tim Duncan #21 of the San Antonio Spurs plays against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on January 3, 2013 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. The Knicks defeated the Spurs 100-83. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith (8) shoots a layup as San Antonio Spurs forward Matt Bonner (15) watches in the second half of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013. Smith scored 20 points in the Knicks' 100-83 win. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili (20) competes for a loose ball with New York Knicks forward Amare Stoudemire (1) and guard Pablo Prigioni (9) in the first half of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

New York Knicks forward Amare Stoudemire (1) tips the ball in over the defense of San Antonio Spurs forward Tiago Splitter (22) in the first half of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

San Antonio Spurs v New York Knicks

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 03: Tim Duncan #21 of the San Antonio Spurs sits on the bench in the closing minutes of the game after being injured against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on January 3, 2013 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. The Knicks defeated the Spurs 100-83. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

San Antonio Spurs v New York Knicks

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 03: Amar'e Stoudemire #1 of the New York Knicks takes a break during the game against the San Antonio Spurs at Madison Square Garden on January 3, 2013 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. The Knicks defeated the Spurs 100-83. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili (20) tries to stay in bounds as he passes around New York Knicks forward Amare Stoudemire (1) in the first half of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

San Antonio Spurs v New York Knicks

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 03: Pablo Prigioni #9 of the New York Knicks goes up to score two against the San Antonio Spurs at Madison Square Garden on January 3, 2013 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. The Knicks defeated the Spurs 100-83. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)