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San Antonio Spurs vs. New York Knicks: Live Score and Analysis
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Danny Green hit six three-pointers on the way to 24 points and a career-high 10 rebounds and the San Antonio Spurs pounded the New York Knicks, 120-89, on Sunday afternoon.

This game was never close from the get-go, as the Spurs jumped out to a 10-0 lead and never looked back.

San Antonio shot 53.9 percent from the floor, knocking down 12 triples and going 26-of-30 from the free-throw line. Tim Duncan had a double-double with 11 points and 10 boards, and Kawhi Leonard had 18 points despite coming off the bench.

For the Knicks, there really weren't many positives. Andrea Bargnani and Carmelo Anthony both had 16, but only two other players scored in double figures.

New York shot 37.8 percent from the floor as a team.

Let's break down why the Spurs were so effective.

 

Ball Movement

As usual, San Antonio's ball movement was a thing of beauty.

The Spurs were constantly firing the ball all over the court until they got the shot they wanted, and more often than not, they were able to find it.

The crisp passing of San Antonio left the Knicks scrambling for all 48 minutes as they tried to contain the loads of offensive weapons that Gregg Popovich has at his disposal.

The Spurs only assisted on 22 of their 41 field goals, but trust me: their ball movement was nothing short of spectacular.

 

No Rim Protection for New York

Without Tyson Chandler, the Knicks had absolutely no one to protect the rim this afternoon. That makes Mike Woodson's decision to sit Kenyon Martin seem all the more peculiar, but nevertheless, Martin wasn't making up for a 30-point deficit regardless.

New York displayed absolutely no resistance as Tony Parker, Leonard and company weaved their way through the lane for easy buckets, and when there was some help, the ball-handler merely kicked the rock out to whoever was open on the perimeter.

On top of that, the Knicks did a terrible job of getting back in transition, as Leonard was able to leak out numerous times for uncontested scores on the other end.

Even when Chandler gets healthy, this will be a problem for New York. He can't play all 48 minutes, especially coming off an injury.

 

Knicks Paid No Attention to Scouting Reports

Actually, you really don't even need a scouting report to know that Green is a deadly perimeter shooter, and yet, New York left him open countless times from beyond the arc. Even two of his three misses were good, clean looks.

The main issue here was that the Knicks were trying so hard to stop the pick-and-roll that they would become too focused on double-teaming, leaving Green alone. But seriously; should Green's man be the one providing help? That seems kind of counter-productive, doesn't it?

Green made New York pay by draining six of his nine tries from deep, accounting for half of San Antonio's offense from behind the three-point line.

Maybe the Knicks didn't pay much attention to the 2013 finals.

 

Spurs Showed the Knicks How to Play Defense

The Spurs defense was absolutely suffocating on Sunday afternoon, forcing New York to settle for jumpers and throwing its offense completely out of sync.

Of course, the Knicks helped San Antonio by not even making much of an effort to put the ball on the floor and try to generate some points inside, but a lot of credit has to be given to the Spurs defense for making life incredibly difficult for them.

And, of course, New York's offense being putrid has nothing to do with Chandler's absence.

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