Best of NBA: Spurs hold off Knicks to stay ideal at home

Jan 09, 2016, 23:42

After Parker missed a 20-foot jumper with 15.9 seconds left, Knicks guard Langston Galloway rebounded to start the game's final possession.

I'm glad Derek Fisher didn't call a time out and given the best defense in the league a chance to get set. "We had a few stretches in the game where we couldn't come up with a loose ball or an offensive rebound we allowed them to get. It was really hard to stop those guys, but even with them scoring in the paint we were able to be in the game". We've seen Steve Nash do a bit of juggling during a game, but he's not over seven feet tall, and Nash has said he thinks he could have gone pro in soccer if he had focused on it. Porzingis isn't Steve Nash, but that little snippet of juggling the basketball reveals a lot about what he might turn into as his career progresses.

"None of you all even know what that means", Popovich said.

"I tried to make it crowded and then close out on Jose [Calderon] as good as I could". "Manu did a great job of making sure he didn't go to the fadeaway shot going to his left". We could draw something up, a better look for one of our better shooters than that. "It's something that we want to continue". They also extended their regular-season home winning streak to 31 games, another franchise mark.

First place San Antonio led 79-74 after 3 quarters, but began the final quarter with 7 straight points to give them some breathing room in a contest that included 8 lead changes.

The Knicks were led by rookie Kristaps Porzingis, who poured in a game-high 28 points and 11 rebounds.

"I thought overall we got good effort throughout the game from our group", Fisher said. "He's got drive, he's got intelligence, he's got skills and he competes". Gary Harris scored 11 points as the Nuggets lost for the 10th time in the last 12 games. Galloway added a huge three-point play in transition late in the fourth quarter as well, bringing the Knicks within two.

"It's not bad to win games like that", Ginobili said. Nothing is easy in the National Basketball Association, but we knew in facing the Knicks that they were playing great, feeling good about themselves.

So often the Steph Curry show this season on this night it was Klay Thompson who led the way.

On the season, the Knicks average 98.1 points, 43.8 rebounds and 20.1 assists per game.

Russell Westbrook scored 15 of his 36 points in the fourth quarter, lifting the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 117-113 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center.

Damian Lillard had a season-high 40 points and 10 assists for Portland.

WASHINGTON - DeMar DeRozan scored 21 of his season-high 35 points in the second half, Kyle Lowry had 21 points and 10 assists, and Toronto beat Washington. 500 on the season with a win and extend their winning streak to four, but instead, had their three-game winning streak snapped by the Spurs and drop to 18-20 on the season.

In New Orleans, Ian Mahinmi had 17 points and 10 rebounds, and IN beat the reeling Pelicans, who lost Anthony Davis to a lower back bruise early IN the game.

A couple of inches is all that separated the Knicks from a ideal road trip and their most important victory in three years.

Milwaukee's Khris Middleton sank a driving layup with less than 10 seconds to play to give the Bucks a 96-95 win against Dallas. Carmelo Anthony scored 25 points to lead the Knicks.

JR Smith scored a season-high 27 points to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 125-99 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center.

Zach Randolph led Memphis with 24 points off the bench Friday as the Grizzlies held off the Denver Nuggets for a 91-84 victory at FedExForum.

Wiggins led the Timberwolves with 35 points.

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