SAN ANTONIO (AP) — LaMarcus Aldridge had 18 points and 11 rebounds, and the San Antonio Spurs beat the New York Knicks 109-83 on Friday night to extend their season-best winning streak to seven games.
New York, which was without injured point guard Dennis Smith Jr., lost its eighth straight.
New York snapped an 18-game skid at home in the teams’ previous meeting, upending the Spurs 130-118 on Feb. 24 as part of San Antonio’s worst Rodeo Road Trip ever. The Spurs have had a greater sense of urgency since going 1-7 on that road trip and it continued against the team with the league’s worst record (13-66).
San Antonio opened an 11-point lead in the first quarter and maintained that double-digit advantage for much of the game.
Emmanuel Mudiay had five points as part of a 9-2 run beginning midway through the third quarter to pull the Knicks within nine points. Trailing 76-67, New York had an opportunity to pull closer but Kadeem Allen missed a contested layup as Aldridge raced back on defense following a turnover. Rudy Gay followed with a 3-pointer to extend the Spurs’ lead to 79-67 and turn back the Knicks.
Knicks: Smith missed the game with a sore lower back. Coach David Fizdale said the team is unsure how the injury occurred, but Smith is day-to-day. “His back just kind of went out on him,” Fizdale said. “He had a couple of collisions there during the last game (Tuesday against Indiana).” . New York is 7-30 away from home, which is one more road win than Cleveland, Phoenix and Dallas. . Mitchell Robinson blocked two shots, extending his streak of consecutive games with a block to 26. Among Knicks rookies, only Patrick Ewing’s 28 straight games with a block is longer in franchise history. . The Knicks’ previous win in San Antonio was Jan. 2, 2014, behind a double-double from Carmelo Anthony. . Forward Noah Vonleh did not return after injuring his right ankle in the first half.
Spurs: San Antonio is 24-1 at home this season when leading after the third quarter. The Spurs led 82-69 entering the fourth. . DeRozan has 1,380 points this season, surpassing Dale Ellis (1,366) for third-highest total among non-rookies in their first season with the Spurs. Terry Cummings sits atop the list with 1,818 points followed by Artis Gilmore’s 1,479. . Forbes has 143 3-pointers this season after going 3 for 5 against the Knicks. He has the most 3-pointers in a season of any undrafted player in Spurs history.
Knicks: Host L.A. Lakers on Sunday night.
Spurs: Host Portland on Saturday night.