Spurs edge Knicks to keep home win streak alive

Sat Jan 9, 2016 1:08am EST
 
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(The Sports Xchange) - San Antonio forward Kawhi Leonard scored 19 points and grabbed a team-high 12 rebounds as the Spurs shaded the New York Knicks 100-99 to win their 22nd straight home game this season.

The Spurs (32-6) are just the second Western Conference team to open a season 22-0 at home. Portland won their first 26 home games in 1977-78.

San Antonio led 79-74 after three quarters and opened the fourth with seven straight points to give them some breathing room in a game that featured two ties and eight lead changes.

New York made a final run in the last 5 1/2 minutes, cutting the Spurs' lead to one point on an alley-oop dunk by Kristaps Porzingis with 32.3 seconds to play.

Spurs guard Tony Parker missed a floater with 15.9 seconds left and the Knicks had a shot to win.

New York forward Carmelo Anthony drove into the lane but was well defended by Leonard and reserve guard Manu Ginobili and passed to guard Jose Calderon, whose three-point attempt with .8 of a second to play bounced off the rim as time expired.

"We got a good shot, and that was the most important thing, no matter who took the shot," Knicks coach Derek Fisher said.

"These kinds of games teach you that really have to completely empty yourself in order to be your best.

"Sometimes you still come up short and we did tonight. We had an opportunity to win the game and we didn't -- there are no moral victories."   Continued...

 
Jan 8, 2016; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs small forward Kawhi Leonard (2) shoots the ball over New York Knicks shooting guard Arron Afflalo (right) during the first half at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports