Free-scoring New York Knicks overpower San Antonio Spurs
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The New York Knicks had too much firepower for San Antonio on Tuesday and continued their high-scoring antics with a crushing 128-115 victory over the NBA-leading Spurs.
Wilson Chandler scored 31 points while Amare Stoudemire and Raymond Felton each tallied 28 as the Knicks (20-14) snapped the Spurs' four-game winning streak.
New York, which entered the night averaging an NBA-best 107.2 points per game, continued its resurgence after signing Stoudemire as a free agent in the offseason.
"We feel like we can match up with the best of them," Stoudemire told reporters.
"So we feel like we're right there, but we've just got to play with some consistency and keep it going all year."
Tony Parker led the way with 26 points, and DeJuan Blair added 17, for San Antonio (29-5).
The Spurs scored 69 points in the first half but still found themselves three points down and they were unable to keep pace with the Knicks down the stretch.
"If we score 115 points I expect to win the game," San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said. "Our defense was pathetic."
With the game tied at 78-78 in the third, New York went on a 7-0 run and never looked back en route to their second consecutive win.
The Knicks played without starting forward Danilo Gallinari, who is expected to miss 2-3 weeks after spraining his left knee in Sunday's win against Indiana.
In the final minutes of their defeat, the Spurs benched Parker, along with Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili in preparation for Wednesday's matchup with the Boston Celtics.
Ginobili finished with 15 points and Duncan added 14.
(Editing by John O'Brien)