NBA Game Summary - New York at San Antonio
(Tuesday, November 16th)
Final Score: San Antonio 99, New York 81
San Antonio, TX (Sports Network) - Tim Duncan scored 17 points and hauled down 10 rebounds, while Tony Parker added 18 points as San Antonio routed New York, 99-81, at the SBC Center.
Bruce Bowen netted 13 and handed out six assists for the Spurs, who have won four straight. Brent Barry contributed 12 points off the bench and Rasho Nesterovic chipped in with 10 points on 5-of-8 shooting in the win.
"They're an unselfish group of guys, and they're getting better and better," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said.
Jamal Crawford paced the Knicks with a team-high 16 points. Stephon Marbury and Nazr Mohammed each added 13, while Tim Thomas scored 15 for New York, which has lost four-of-six to open the 2004-05 campaign.
Kurt Thomas had eight points with 11 rebounds in a losing cause.
After a tightly contested first quarter of play, New York held a slim 25-23 advantage.
However, the Spurs started the second frame on a short 7-2 spurt to take the lead for good. The surge was capped by Malik Rose's free throw that staked San Antonio to a 30-27 lead with under 10 minutes left in the first half.
The Spurs' margin would grow to 50-44 as both teams headed into the locker room.
New York attempted to get back in the contest and trimmed the deficit to 54-52 on a tip-in by Mohammed with eight minutes left in the third.
Duncan, though, drained a turnaround jumper that ignited a 13-4 run for the Spurs, and the lead rarely fell below 10 points thereafter. Duncan's dunk capped the spurt, making it 67-56 with 3:41 remaining in the frame.
The margin would balloon to 19 points at 98-79 after Barry drained a wide open trey at the top of the key with 2:36 left in the contest. New York never recovered from that point on.
The Spurs ended 29-of-33 from the line while the Knicks finished 19- of-20...New York was out rebounded by a 42-35 margin...Rose had seven points in 21 minutes and Beno Udrih added nine in just 13 minutes of play...New York has lost eight of 11 and 12 of its last 16 at San Antonio...The game was the second on a four-game road trip for the Knicks, who fell to 0-3 on the road...The Spurs are 4-0 as hosts this season...New York will complete the Texas Triangle with games in Dallas on Thursday and Houston on Friday.
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