Instead of watching their season-opening winning streak come to a messy end, the New York Knicks served notice that they can't be counted...
SAN ANTONIO — Instead of watching their season-opening winning streak come to a messy end, the New York Knicks served notice that they can’t be counted out in the fourth quarter.
Raymond Felton scored 25 points and New York stayed undefeated by rallying late to beat the San Antonio Spurs 104-100 on Thursday night.
Trailing by 12 with seven minutes left in the game, the Knicks (6-0) closed on a 22-11 run to remain the NBA’s only unbeaten team.
“It shows me that this team is for real,” New York coach Mike Woodson said. “We beat a great team tonight — a well-coached team. It’s the first time I’ve ever won in San Antonio, so I feel pretty good about that. It’s tough to win here.”
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J.R. Smith added 17 points, Jason Kidd had 14 and Tyson Chandler 13 for the Knicks, who snapped a nine-game skid in San Antonio. Felton, Smith and Kidd alone outscored the Spurs 26-25 in the fourth.
Tony Parker led San Antonio (7-2) with 19 points and 12 assists. Kawhi Leonard added 16 points and Tim Duncan had 14 points and 14 rebounds.
Kidd sparked the Knicks’ rally with two three-pointers that cut the deficit to 89-85 with 5:49 left. Smith and Kidd hit consecutive threes to give the Knicks a 100-95 lead with a minute left.
D’Antoni takes over
LOS ANGELES — Mike D’Antoni hobbled to his first news conference as the Los Angeles Lakers coach. He used a crutch, still recovering from knee-replacement surgery.
“We’re built to win this year. This is not a project,” D’Antoni said. “We have a window.”
It’s a tiny one, with an aging roster and thinning patience among fans who expected a roaring start, not a 3-5 record and a sagging offense.
“We would love to be able to play ‘Showtime’ basketball,” D’Antoni said. “We would like to get some place close to it.”
After he coached his first practice, the players huddled and said simultaneously, “Championship.”
“There’s no hiding it,” D’Antoni said. “That’s our goal.”
• Joe Johnson made the tiebreaking basket with 3:03 left, Deron Williams and Brook Lopez each scored 24 points, and the host Brooklyn Nets won their fourth straight, 102-97 over the Boston Celtics. Boston played without injured point guard Rajon Rondo (ankle).
• LeBron James had 27 points and 12 assists, and the short-handed Miami Heat ended a decade-long drought in Denver with a 98-93 win over the Nuggets. Miami had lost 10 straight in Denver since Jan. 29, 2002. Shane Battier added 18 points on six three-pointers for the Heat.
• With only nine healthy players on the roster, the Minnesota Timberwolves agreed to terms on a one-year deal with free-agent forward Josh Howard, who played for Utah last season.
• The winless Washington Wizards waived guard Jannero Pargo and signed free-agent guard Shaun Livingston.
• Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry will be sidelined another one to two weeks after being diagnosed with a bruised bone in his right foot.