The Knicks have an honest to goodness basketball team this season. They kept it close for much of the game until halfway through the fourth quarter. A 9-0 Spurs run that lasted just over five minutes put the game away for good. For in-depth anaylsis, be sure to check out Jesus Gomez' recap.
- About Tim Duncan. He hit 26,000 points yesterday in Boston and became part of the all-time winningest regular season trio. Becoming the all-time leader in wins with one franchise is really incredible. It speaks to his unreal consistency and longevity, as well as his durability and stability. Congrats, Big Fun. You're the greatest.
- Tim Duncan passed Kenny Smith for #105 on the all time ASSISTS leader list. H/T to the incomparable chajamama.
- I was happy to see that Kyle Anderson, after playing just 58 seconds against the Celtics on Sunday afternoon, was the first substitution off of the bench for Gregg Popovich. He led the team with a +7 during that stint (with a line of 0-1-1-0-0) and I'm not sure why he didn't see the floor again until garbage time.
- Kawhi Leonard is learning consistency. That should be a terrifying thought for 29 teams. He finished the night with an impressive line: 18-14-1-2-4. His work on Carmelo Anthony might be the most impressive thing he did tonight. Melo shot 4-of-17 and had hit shot rejected a few times by the reigning DPoY.
- Kristaps Porzingis looks impressive with his fluidity, height and range. New York fans must be very excited. Oh, and he did this (sure, LaMarcus should have put a body on him, but still):
Quote of the Night:
Manu Ginobili on Kawhi Leonard's development:
He's at a point where he's discovering his talents and testing everybody. He's determined to score, he's hungry to score. His strength, length and stroke are so nice that he feels like he can score every time. It's a process, once you start to see other things, you start shifting and seeing your teammates more. Again, he's so young. He's still learning and what he's accomplishing is incredible, so we have to support and encourage him. He's doing a great job.
GIF of the Night:
Tim Duncan makes a slick play to steal the inbound pass and is rewarded with an easy bucket at the end of the possession.
The Spurs get a day off before visiting the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night. Tip off is at 6 p.m. Spurs time and you can catch the game on Fox Sports Southwest as well as League Pass.