The experience of the San Antonio Spurs couldn't overcome the undefeated, upstart New York Knicks, who notched a comeback, 104-100 road victory in the AT&T Center on Thursday night.
In a clash of two of the NBA's best early on in the 2012-13 season, point guard Tony Parker led the Spurs with 16 points, and also had six rebounds and a game-high 12 assists. But a late flurry by New York helped overcome a poor showing by star forward Carmelo Anthony and a mostly lackluster second half.
Gregg Popovich's squad tried to assert their will by going on a 12-3 run in the fourth to seemingly put the game out of reach at 89-77.
Raymond Felton had other plans, keying the Knicks to their own 15-4 spurt to pull within one point with just under three minutes left.
From there, the Knicks PG led a furious rally for New York and wound up with 25 points—eight of those in the fourth quarter. Jason Kidd went a torrid 4-of-6 from beyond the arc in notching 14 points of his own. He made three from distance in the fourth quarter himself to complete the incredible comeback.
Player of the Game: Raymond Felton, PG, New York Knicks
The New York front office caught a lot of flack for letting Jeremy Lin go to perceptibly greener pastures in Houston while bringing back Felton, who struggled in a previous stint in the Big Apple.
Felton has pulled through. He posted a line of 25 points, three boards and seven assists in San Antonio and outplayed his Spurs counterpart Tony Parker.
Up Next for the Knicks:
Four of New York's next five games are on the road, with a trip to Memphis to take on the Grizzlies on tap on Friday night.
Up Next for the Spurs:
In falling to 7-2, San Antonio continues to nevertheless show it is an ageless wonder. The Spurs will play their second of three consecutive home games against Denver on Saturday looking to bounce back from this defeat.