NBA: Spurs, Aldridge hammer Knicks, get rest for Blazers

Reuters

Posted at Mar 16 2019 01:55 PM

San Antonio Spurs power forward LaMarcus Aldridge (12) tries to dunk against New York Knicks center DeAndre Jordan (left) and Emmanuel Mudiay (right) during the first half at AT&T Center. Soobum Im, USA TODAY Sports via Reuters

LaMarcus Aldridge scored 18 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in three quarters of work to lead a balanced San Antonio scoring attack as the Spurs throttled the visiting New York Knicks 109-83 on Friday to capture their seventh straight victory.

The Spurs (40-29) have used their winning streak to fly up in the Western Conference standings and to move 11 games above .500, their best mark of the season.

San Antonio posted its ninth consecutive victory at home and dominated hapless New York, which has the NBA's worst record at 13-56 and has lost eight games in a row.

DeMar DeRozan and Bryn Forbes added 13 points each for the Spurs, with Jakob Poeltl, Marco Belinelli and Rudy Gay hitting for 12 points apiece for San Antonio.

Damyean Dotson led the Knicks with 21 points, while Kadeem Allen added 16, Emmanuel Mudiay hit for 14 points, and DeAndre Jordan scored 11 points and pulled down 13 rebounds for New York in the loss.

San Antonio led by just 9 points with 2:55 to play in the third quarter, but reeled off 12 of the game's next 14 points -- including the first 6 points of the fourth quarter -- to go up 88-69 and put the Knicks away.

The Spurs were in charge all night, leading the entire game save for in the opening minutes before fashioning a 31-20 advantage after the first quarter.

San Antonio built that margin to 56-41 at intermission as DeRozan led the Spurs with 11 points at halftime, while Aldridge added 10 points and 7 rebounds in the first half.

The Knicks were led by Allen's 11 points in the half, with Jordan taking eight boards over the first 24 minutes.

San Antonio pushed its lead to 16 points at 68-52 after a free throw by Derrick White with 6:32 to play in the third quarter. The Knicks then made a bid to get back into the game, cutting the margin to 76-67 on Mitchell Robinson's free throw with 2:55 to go in the third.

The Spurs answered with a 3-pointer by Gay and a layup and one from Belinelli and took an 82-69 lead into the final quarter.

The Spurs were able to rest most of their starters for the entirety of the fourth quarter in preparation for the second game of a home back-to-back on Saturday against Portland.

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