The Mecca Of Basketball has been extra just like the Little Store Of Horrors this season, with the New York Knicks dropping a team-record 18 straight video games at Madison Sq. Backyard coming into Sunday’s contest in opposition to the San Antonio Spurs.
However with an total 18-game skid having been snapped on Thursday, the Knicks determined to deal with their dwelling malaise subsequent, incomes a surprisingly comfy 130-118 victory over the Spurs through which they led by as many as 23 and trailed for less than a handful of possessions within the first quarter.
It was such a momentous event that Samuel L. Jackson gave Knicks superfan Spike Lee a head’s up on the Oscars. Brie Larson may scarcely imagine it!
Samuel L. Jackson informs Spike Lee on the #Oscars that the Knicks received a recreation! 😂 pic.twitter.com/JCQWg6dGcj
— The Knicks Wall (@TheKnicksWall) February 25, 2019
The Knicks appeared each bit like one of many league’s worst groups within the opening moments as they gifted Spurs ahead LaMarcus Aldridge with one of many best baskets he is ever “scored.”
But when the Spurs anticipated the Knicks to maintain presenting them with presents, they have been sorely mistaken.
With New York already up eight late within the first half, recently-acquired Dennis Smith Jr. served discover that his staff had come to play by coming mere inches from banishing Spurs ahead Dennis Bertans to a different dimension with what would have been a robust candidate for Dunk of the 12 months.
It was a problem the Spurs have been unable to reply as New York led by at the very least eight all through the second half.
Damyean Dotson led the way in which with 27 factors and eight Three-pointers, and Smith, Kevin Knox and Mitchell Robinson all posted double-doubles. Smith’s included 13 assists, together with this magnificence to Robinson that punctuated the Knicks’ first dwelling win since Dec. 1:
“Our guys wanted to really feel that at dwelling,” Knicks coach David Fizdale stated. “The followers have been superb, and we acquired numerous contributions. We nonetheless made a few errors … however I am actually pleased with how onerous they competed.”
Bottleneck within the West
Along with the Spurs shedding for the sixth time in seven outings, the LA Clippers suffered a 123-96 beating by the Denver Nuggets because the race for the ultimate playoffs spots within the Western Convention acquired even tighter.
How tight, you ask? Simply three video games separate the fifth-place Houston Rockets and the Sacramento Kings in ninth, with the Utah Jazz, Spurs and Clippers sandwiched between them.
The Nuggets, in the meantime, continued to maintain the warmth on the Golden State Warriors, whose lead atop the West was sliced to a single recreation with two extra conferences remaining on March eight and April 2.
Over within the East, the first-place Milwaukee Bucks acquired an enormous help from the Orlando Magic, who took benefit of Kawhi Leonard’s relaxation day to rout the Toronto Raptors 113-98.
Whereas the Bucks lead the Raptors by solely two video games, their place is way stronger than it seems to be. Along with having an extra recreation benefit within the loss column, in addition they maintain the head-to-head tie-breaker. As if all that wasn’t sufficient, they’ve additionally acquired the league’s fourth-easiest schedule over their remaining 23 video games.
There are worse methods to have a good time wins.
Right here is Nikola Jokic getting rushed by a horde of kids after the win. So superior. #ThisIsWhyWePlaypic.twitter.com/Gs9eTLcOEk
— T.J. McBride (@TJMcBrideNBA) February 25, 2019
Backtracking to Saturday’s 12-game slate, try this tidbit:
Yesterday, 21 of the 24 NBA groups in motion scored 110+ factors, most on a single day all-time.
There had by no means been greater than 17 groups with 110+ factors on any single day earlier than yesterday.#STATSInsights
— Stats By STATS (@StatsBySTATS) February 24, 2019
Little marvel the NBA is within the midst of its highest-scoring season, with a collective scoring common of 110.9 factors per staff per recreation, since 1970-71.