The New York Knicks overcame a 12- point deficit in the fourth quarter to defeat the host San Antonio Spurs 104-100 for their best start since the 1993-94 season.
The Knicks are now 6-0, one win shy of tying their 7-0 start 19 years ago. They are the only undefeated National Basketball Association team this season.
The Knicks began their rally with seven minutes remaining when Jason Kidd hit back-to-back 3-pointers as part of an 8-0 run at the AT&T Center in San Antonio. J.R. Smith’s 25-foot 3- pointer with 1:47 left gave New York a 97-95 lead.
“Everybody stayed together,” Kidd said in a radio interview. “We’re going to lose or win this game by playing together. This just shows our experience that we didn’t panic.”
Raymond Felton had 25 points and Smith came off the bench to add 17 points for the Knicks. Kidd scored 14, Tyson Chandler had 13 points and 11 rebounds, and reserve Rasheed Wallace added 10 points.
“We just kept grinding, we got down but we were still in the game,” Knicks coach Mike Woodson said during a news conference. “Our defense just got stingy and we got stops and we made the winning plays down the stretch.”
The Knicks top the Eastern Conference’s Atlantic Division, 1 1/2 games ahead of the Brooklyn Nets, who beat the Boston Celtics 102-97 last night.
Tony Parker had 19 points and 12 assists to lead the Spurs, who had a 57-55 halftime advantage. Kawhi Leonard had 16 points, while Tim Duncan added 14 points and 14 rebounds.
“It’s the first time I’ve ever won in San Antonio, so I feel pretty good,” Woodson said. The win “shows me this team is for real and we’re fighting to win our division.”
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