NBA ROUNDUP: Spurs Knock the Knicks Around in 99-81 win

By Gregory Moore
Updated: November 17, 2004

SAN ANTONIO/Nov. 16 � The San Antonio Spurs (6-1) continued their winning ways with a 99-81 win over the New York Knicks (2-4) in the SBC Center. As has been the custom for much of this young season, other players have stepped up and contributed to the win besides Tim Duncan. The leading scorer for tonight was Tony Parker, who had 18 points and nine assists. Duncan 17 points and ten rebounds in the win. Jamal Crawford, who had 16 points, led the Knicks. Tim Thomas had fifteen while Nazr Mohammed and Stephon Marbury had thirteen points apiece.

The Spurs played an all around game that was led by their trademark defense but their bench also was very instrumental in the win.

�We did a good job moving the ball,� Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich said. �They are an unselfish group of guys and they are just getting better and better. The team defense carried us and the perimeter guys did an excellent job. As a whole, the team covered for each other.� What has also become a trademark for this season, the bench scoring sustained them and helped solidify the win. Brent Barry was 3 of 6 from the field and connected on three three pointers while Beno Udrich and Malik Rose contributed with nine points and seven points respectively. Other key players for the Spurs win were Bruce Bowen (13 points), Rasho Nesterovic (10 points) and Manu Ginobili (nine points).

�We started off playing well, moving the ball, but then we started push the issue,� Knicks head coach Lenny Wilkins said. �You can�t play that way and expect to win.� The Knicks shot 38.7% from the field but they weren�t as aggressive as they should have been in the paint. The Spurs went to the line 33 times compared to the Knicks, who went just 20 times in the game.

�The mistakes really hurt us tonight,� Wilkins said. � They especially hurt when you are playing a good team. Little things are really hurting us. When the Spurs got 24 points in transition, it was just too much.� Forward Tim Thomas seemed to be struggling lately and that was evident tonight as he was just 4 of 8 from the field.

�Anytime your rhythm is off individually or as a team, it is tough on you,� Thomas said. �The key for us right now is to stay positive through all of this. We forced some shots and even when we executed and got good looks, we weren�t able to knock them down.� GAME NOTES: A run and gun offense? The Spurs did a lot of run and gun during tonight�s game and was able to capitalize heavily on the miscues of the Knicks. �We all love doing that,� Ginobili said on the run and gun offensive sets. �When we are able to do it and do it well, we all enjoy it even more.� NEXT UP FOR THE SPURS�I3 and his �new� team. The Spurs have Allen Iverson and the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday night. �Iverson is a tough cover,� Popovich said. �He�s a big time competitor. With him, any game with Philly is big. It will be a challenge and historically they play us very physically.�`