The New York Knicks entered Thursday night's contest against the San Antonio Spurs as the only unbeaten team in the entire NBA, as they'd won each of their first five contests by at least 10 points. We all knew that they'd be tested against a 7-1 Spurs crew that is in first place out West, and New York's winning streak appeared to be in jeopardy before a late surge deep into the fourth quarter. The Knicks had lost nine straight games at AT&T Center before this matchup, but they kept their hot start to the year rolling in a 104-100 victory.
The Knicks came out in this one and found a lot of open shots early. They were moving the ball well, pushed the tempo, and made four of their first five shots from behind the arc. Unfortunately for New York, they allowed San Antonio to shoot just as efficiently from the field, which created for an offensive-minded and equally balanced first quarter.
San Antonio took a lead into halftime, but New York entered the third quarter with the pace they needed to make up the slight difference. Both teams saw a drop-off in scoring, but both also had incredible intensity that kept this game close heading into the final quarter.
The scrappy play from the third period continued into the fourth, and both teams struggled making shots early. The Spurs, however, were the ones who finally found momentum. A double-digit lead in the final quarter made it look as if the game was going to the home team, but the Knicks willed themselves into a hard-fought victory with their shooting and their defense late in the contest.
The Knicks' perfect season is still alive, and while this one may not have been as convincing, a 6-0 record is all that counts as Mike Woodson's squad heads to Memphis on Friday.