NBA Game Summary - San Antonio at New York
(Friday, February 8th)
Final Score: San Antonio 99, New York 93 (OT)
New York, NY (Sports Network) - Tim Duncan scored 21 points and pulled down 14 rebounds and the San Antonio Spurs erased an 18-point second-half deficit to send the New York Knicks to their eighth straight loss, 99-93, in overtime at Madison Square Garden.
Manu Ginobili had 20 points, nine assists and seven rebounds, while Michael Finley scored 17, including the game-tying three with less than a second remaining in regulation. San Antonio shot 11-for-21 from three-point range en route to its fourth straight win.
Jamal Crawford led New York with 24 points and eight assists, while Zach Randolph had 13 and 10 boards for the Knicks, winless since an 89-81 victory over Philadelphia January 25.
Duncan hit a pair of free throws and then spun to the baseline for a lay-in that brought the Spurs within one, at 84-83, with over two minutes still to play. David Lee grabbed a pair of offensive rebounds on the ensuing Knicks possession, but New York couldn't capitalize.
But Duncan missed on two potential go-ahead short-range looks, the second of which was rebounded by Randolph with 15.8 ticks on the clock.
Randolph hit a pair from the line, but the Spurs answered quickly by going to Duncan in the post. Renaldo Balkman, a 39 percent foul-shooter on the season, was fouled by San Antonio with 8.5 seconds to go, and sank both attempts from the line to give New York an 88-85 advantage.
Finley was fouled by Lee on the floor -- a foul the Knicks had available to give -- so the Spurs called timeout to draw up the overtime-forcing play.
Finley inbounded out of the break, then casually made his way for the far corner. Ginobili, who had received the ball from Damon Stoudamire, drove the left baseline and drew the Knicks defenders despite the fact San Antonio was in obvious need of a three-pointer.
Balkman left Finley uncovered in the corner and Ginobili, nearly stepping out of bounds, bounced a lefty pass to Finley just as the defense collapsed. Finley squared and nailed the game-tying triple with just four-tenths of a second on the clock, and the contest went to an extra session.
"I kind of sensed that he'd play the play wrong when I was taking the ball out," said Finley of Balkman. "And I was able to get a good look at it. We've run the play before, and it's like an option quarterback. When the defense does one thing, we react one way, and it happened that way that I was able to get open in the corner."
San Antonio owned the OT against a clearly demoralized Knicks team, as Duncan scored on the opening possession to start a 7-0 Spurs march. Ginobili hit a jumper in the lane and Finley pushed the lead to 95-88 with a three from the top of the key.
New York went ice cold from the floor, finally scoring its first overtime points on a Crawford runner with about 30 seconds to go. By that point the damage was done, and the Spurs methodically put the game away from the line.
Robert Horry finished with a season-high 13 points for the Spurs, now 4-2 on their season-long nine-game "rodeo road trip."
"The whole team deserves credit for bearing down defensively and getting stops when you're down 16 or 18," said Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich. The whole team played really good defense, rebounded the ball better."
Lee ended his night with 14 points and seven boards, while Fred Jones had 19. Balkman contributed 10 and seven rebounds for the Knicks, who have managed to blow four double-digit leads in the past 12 days.
"They executed their plays very well," Lee said of the Spurs. "If they were playing somebody else, who knows if the shots would have gone in, but of course tonight they did. I wish we could have gotten this victory."
The Spurs led 18-17 after a sloppy first quarter, but New York hit four of its first five shots in the second to take a 30-22 lead. A 9-0 Knicks run, capped by Lee's dunk off a dish from Crawford, extended the advantage to 46-30 with just over two minutes remaining before the half. Ginobili hit a runner to stop the bleeding, but San Antonio still trailed 48-32 at the break.
Jacque Vaughn's free throw completed a 16-0 Spurs burst during the third quarter, pulling them within 52-48. New York recovered to push its cushion back to seven on a fadeaway jumper by Crawford, but Horry buried a three as the clock ran out on the period to trim the margin to 62-59.
Another Horry three gave San Antonio its first lead since early in the second at 65-62, but Lee scored on the block and Crawford knocked down a pair of threes to put the Knicks back up, 70-65, with more than nine minutes left.
Crawford buried another three-ball from the top of the key to make it 80-71 with 5:20 remaining, but Ginobili's triple had the Spurs back within 82-79 by the four-minute mark.
Duncan recorded his 28th double-double of the season...San Antonio shot 48.7 percent (37-for-76) from the floor, and hit 14-of-18 free-throw attempts...New York shot 40.8 percent on the night, and was just 22-for-35 (62.9 percent) at the line...The Knicks haven't beaten the Spurs at MSG since March 21, 2005.
02/09 00:40:44 ET