Barrett makes 7 3s, Knicks beat Spurs to win 3 skates

SAN ANTONIO – RJ Barrett hit seven career-high three-pointers and scored 32, and the New York Knicks won the three-boarder, beating the San Antonio Spurs 121-109 on Tuesday night.

“Things might not go well and suddenly, you lose the ball, get the ball loose, you get the ball hit from behind, you get blocked,” said Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau. “That can excite you and suddenly you get an easy score, a couple of easy achievements and now you see your rhythm and things change quickly in this tournament. They can go from terrible to great really quickly and vice versa. You just have to keep going. “

Alec Burks scored 18, Immanuel Quickley added 16 and Julius Randle had 15 for the Knicks, who won at San Antonio for the first time since January 2, 2014.

“Heck yeah, we need that,” said New York center Mitchell Robinson. “We needed a lousy win. We are desperate right now. ”

Derrick White had a season-high 26 points along with six rebounds and seven assists for the Spurs, which fell two games in a row after a three-game winless streak that spanned the entire season. Dejounte Murray added 15 points, seven rebounds and seven assists.


“That first game, which was a comeback, after a long road trip we knew it was going to be a tough game in terms of energy,” said San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich. “But I think we played our (butt) game. The boys did their best. I was really happy with that. ”

The Knicks are 18 for 38 on 3 pointers, with Barrett being 7 for 8.

Barrett said he feels “a lot better” after suffering from stomach upset for two weeks.

“It was frustrating, but I tried to do my best no matter what,” Barrett said.

Barrett, who finished 11/20 from the court overall, hit two 3s in a 10-2 run that gave New York a 13-point lead midway through the third quarter. Spurs quickly picked up nine points in the fourth half but could not take the lead any further.

“I think the defense was really focused on Julius,” Barrett said. “They double down on him every time he has the ball and we just move it. We moved it and I was able to knock them down.”


New York took advantage of the Spurs’ smaller squad, edging out the Spurs 56-49 and having a 21-8 advantage in second-chance points.

San Antonio was even smaller starting from striker Keldon Johnson who left early in the third quarter with a sprained right ankle. Johnson was left injured 1:21 in the first half after stepping on Poeltl’s foot. He started the second half but looked a little sore before entering the dressing room.

Popovich said the X-ray of Johnson’s ankle was negative.


Thibodeau started Nerlens Noel instead of Robinson, who had started all 20 previous games this season.

“We feel really strongly about both of them,” Thibodeau said. “We just wanted to have a different look. Those boys are interchangeable, just do your best for as long as you can and then the next guy comes in and does the same thing.”

Robinson had 11 points and 14 rebounds in 22 minutes. Noel had two points and nine rebounds in 26 minutes.


Robinson suffered a scare as he injured his back with 56.4 seconds left in the third inning after a clumsy landing. He took to the air after his leg was amputated when Spurs center Drew Eubanks dashed in to find a loose ball.

Robinson continued the match but said he was in pain afterwards. He crept in and out of the interview room.

“The ground is never lost,” says Robinson.


Knicks: New York has lost seven games in a row at San Antonio. Carmelo Anthony and Iman Shumpert each have 27 points to lead the Knicks in their previous win. … New York was on track to be 7-4 but came in having lost 3/4 games away from home.

Spurs: G Devin Vassell missed the third game in a row with a bruised right quadriceps muscle. … Spurs entered Monday playing the fewest games of any NBA team. That will change quickly as Spurs play five games in seven days. … San Antonio is 4-7 at home and has no winning record at an AT&T Center since winning the season opener.



Knicks: In Indiana on Wednesday.

Spurs: Host Denver on Thursday.


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