Two games happened on a light Thursday night in the NBA. Let’s check out the recap.
By the time the Spurs got to the third quarter, they looked out of it and weary; they were playing a game for the second night in a row (they beat the Bucks on Wednesday night). In the fourth quarter, the Knicks went on a 10-0 run and put away the tired Spurs. While Carmelo Anthony led New York in scoring with 23 points, J.R. Smith put on yet another show off the bench with 20 points. 35-year-old rookie Pablo Prigioni also came off the bench to dish out nine dimes. The Knicks snapped the seven-game winning streak of San Antonio, who shot just over 36 percent. The Spurs’ leading scorer was Gary Neal and he only had 12 points. Tim Duncan and Tony Parker each had 11 points for San Antonio.
The Wolves lost Kevin Love due to an injured finger. Waterbug guards J.J. Barea and Luke Ridnour then played big roles for Minnesota. First, Luke Ridnour made a three-pointer to break the 91-all deadlock. Then Barea would also make another three to put the Wolves up six. Then with a minute left, Barea put away the game with a clever move to the basket; he surprised everybody with a lay-up as he sneakily made his way to the basket. Before Love went out, he had 12 points and 17 boards. Barea and Alexey Shved had 17 points each and Ridnour had 14. The Nuggets, after a triumphant win against the red hot Clippers, disappointed at home against Minnesota and received their second loss at the Pepsi Center. The Wolves go one game above .500.