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Rapid Reaction: Knicks 104, Spurs 100

11/16/2012

WHAT IT MEANS: Somehow, the New York Knicks are still perfect.

Again and again on Thursday, New York looked to be on the verge of taking its first loss of the season. But Mike Woodson's Knicks rebounded from a 12-point deficit midway through the fourth quarter to top the San Antonion Spurs and push their record to 6-0.

New York is 6-0 for just the second time in franchise history. They last reached the mark in 1993-94 en route to a run the the NBA Finals.

The Knicks also snapped a nine-game losing streak in San Antonio, thanks mostly to a huge run in the fourth quarter in which they outscored the Spurs 25-6 and made 11 of 13 shots.

WHAT A COMEBACK: San Antonio took a 12-point lead on a Tiago Splitter free-throw with 7:13 to play. From there, Ray Felton and Jason Kidd took over.

New York's two point guards combined to score 15 of the team's next 23 points, taking a lead it wouldn't relinquish.

Felton led the Knicks with 25 points and seven assists. Kidd added 14 on four of his six 3-point attempts. J.R. Smith had 17 off of the bench, including a big 3-pointer late in the fourth to help the Knicks take control.

D SHOWS UP LATE: The Knicks entered play Thursday with the best defense in the NBA, but you wouldn't have known it after the first half. The Knicks allowed San Antonio to hit 53 percent of their shots and get in the paint at will. That continued in the third quarter and even into the fourth, but New York held San Antonio to seven points over the final 4:28 to pull out the win.

MELO STRUGGLES TO SCORE, CONTRIBUTES ELSEWHERE: Carmelo Anthony, who entered play Thursday as the NBA's leading scorer, struggled to put the ball in the basket Thursday. The Spurs were physical all night with Anthony, who is playing power forward for New York.

Anthony finished with nine points on 3-of-12 shooting. He made an impact in other areas of the game, though, pulling down 12 rebounds and handing out three assists.

The burly Dejuan Blair bothered Anthony in the first half and Stephen Jackson silenced him in the second half. Anthony will have another tough matchup at power forward on Friday against Memphis' Zach Randolph.

WHAT'S NEXT: The Knicks play the second game of a tough back-to-back against the 6-1 Memphis Grizzlies, who have impressive wins over the Heat and Thunder on their resume. They'll return home on Sunday to play Eastern Conference foe Indiana. The Knicks are in the midst of a seven-games-in-11-days stretch. Six of those games are on the road.

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