After a close game through the first 3 quarters the Spurs took control in the 4th quarter and the Knicks fell to 2-12 on the road.
After struggling from the field last night against the Bulls, Michael Beasley returned to (MVP?) form with a 23 points (8/12 shooting) and 12 rebound double-double. What was more impressive was Beasley's strong play on the defensive end where he finished with 2 steals and 1 block. If Beasley can continue to improve on the defensive end he could become a staple in the Knicks closing lineups, even after the return of Tim Hardaway Jr.
Knicks 3 Point Defense
As has been the case several times this season the Knicks struggled to defend the 3 point line. The Knicks did little to guard Danny Green (5/8 all from 3) or the rest of the Spurs beyond the arc, instead opting to let the Spurs shoot and hope they'd miss. The strategy did not work out as planned as the Spurs shot 9/20 from 3.
- Kristaps Porzingis recorded 6 blocks to go along with 18 points and 7 rebounds before fouling out.
- Frank Ntilikina had season highs of 9 points and 11 assists. Ntilikina also had 3 steals and was the only Knick with a positive +/- finishing +4.
- After a DNP-CD last night Ron Baker saw 9 minutes of action on the second night of a road back to back.
The Knicks will wrap up a mini-road trip on Saturday night against the enigmatic Pelicans. New Orleans has two of the best players in the NBA in Demarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis, but have been inconsistent to this point in the season. The Knicks will hope to get a win to close out December before facing a brutal January schedule.