Trey Lyles scored 18 points, a season-high, to lead a balanced San Antonio attack as the Spurs led the second period and derailed the New York Knicks 119-93 Tuesday in San Antonio.
The Spurs led by four points in the half and dominated New York by 15 points in the third quarter. Patty Mills and Trey Lyles combined for 17 points in the period for San Antonio in the push, which made the fourth quarter anything but academic.
.@TreyLyles was cooking 👨🍳
season 18 PTS | 5 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL pic.twitter.com/KAkWDodEGq
– San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) March 3, 2021
San Antonio was playing the second straight home game against teams from New York after losing to Brooklyn in overtime on Monday.
Dejounte Murray added 17 points for Spurs, Patty Mills and Luka Samanic scoring 14 each, Lonnie Walker IV scoring 11 points and DeMar DeRozan contributing 10 points and 11 assists.
Immanuel Quickley led New York with 26 points off the bench. RJ Barrett added 15, Julius Randle scored 14 and took 11 rebounds, and Frank Ntilikina had 13 points. Nerlens Noel had 12 rebounds for the Knicks, who had a three-game winning streak.
Lyles became the ninth San Antonio player to lead the team in scoring this season; no other NBA team has the seven different top scorers anymore.
Keldon Johnson returned to the field for the first time since February 14 after missing Spurs last three games under the league’s COVID protocol. LaMarcus Aldridge missed the game with stomach ailment.
San Antonio drew 45-45 on a bucket by Luka Samanic with 1:33 left in the half, then beat the Knicks 6-2 in the final minute, using a 3-point buzzer-beater. Mills to take a 51-47 lead at halftime.
Randle and Barrett led the Knicks with 11 points each in the half while Quickley added 10 points off the bench for New York in the first half. Keldon Johnson paced San Antonio with nine points.
The Spurs forged a 16-5 run on a six-minute streak in the third quarter to take a 79-62 lead. San Antonio pushed that advantage to 19 points at the end of the period and has never looked back.
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