New York Knicks halt San Antonio Spurs' seven-game winning streak
Agence France-Presse in New York
The New York Knicks snapped San Antonio's seven-game winning streak with a 100-83 victory behind a big fourth quarter and 23 points from Carmelo Anthony.
J.R. Smith scored 15 of his 20 points in the second half and the Knicks outscored San Antonio 44-31 during the last 17 minutes at Madison Square Garden.
Steve Novak nailed five of seven shots from three-point range while Tyson Chandler finished with 10 points and 14 rebounds as the Knicks avoided their first three-game losing streak of the season. Gary Neal paced San Antonio with 12 points, with Tony Parker and Tim Duncan each finishing with 11 points for the Spurs, whose seven-game winning streak was halted.
The Spurs lost forward Stephen Jackson after he injured his right ankle in a strange collision - stumbling into a waitress who was kneeling courtside directly in front of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg in the first quarter. It was not clear if she was taking Bloomberg's order. Jackson left the game immediately and did not return.
Clinging to a 56-52 edge with five minutes left in the third quarter, the Knicks stepped it up at the end of the period before dominating the fourth.