Knicks Surprise Spurs With 104-100 Victory in OT

Alexey Shved scored 21 points and made the key defensive play in overtime, and the New York Knicks beat the San Antonio Spurs 104-100 on Tuesday night.

Rookie Langston Galloway had a career-high 22 points for the Knicks, who held the Spurs to just one basket in overtime to surprise the defending NBA champions. Lou Amundson finished with 12 points and a career-high 17 rebounds while playing tough against Tim Duncan.

Tony Parker scored 21 points for the Spurs and made their only basket in OT, 16 seconds into the period. They managed just two free throws from there in losing for the second time in nine games.

Shved knocked away Duncan's pass intended for Kawhi Leonard with the Spurs trying to tie, then closed the scoring with two free throws.

Duncan finished with 17 points and eight rebounds. Leonard scored 13 points but shot 3 of 9 from the field as the Spurs finished at 38 percent.

Playing without Manu Ginobili because of a sprained right ankle, the Spurs missed a chance to inch ahead of Dallas for fifth place in the Western Conference.

New York, which trailed by 13 in the third quarter, took its first lead of the night when Cole Aldrich capped an 8-0 run with a follow shot that made it 86-84 midway through the fourth.

The Knicks tied it at 96 on Amundson's layup with 5.5 seconds remaining in regulation and it went to OT after Leonard's jumper went in and out with 3 seconds to go.

Shved made two free throws after being fouled on a 3-pointer for a 100-99 lead, and even with two replay reviews going in their favor, the Spurs couldn't find another bucket. Jason Smith's free throw made it 101-99 with 16 seconds to go, Duncan only hit one with a chance to tie with 9 seconds left, and Amundson added one to make it a two-point game before Shved's defensive stop.

With Tim Hardaway Jr. (sprained right wrist) and Cleanthony Early (sprained left ankle) joining the injured, the Knicks had only 10 players in uniform in their first game back home after returning a day earlier from a five-game trip to the West that included four losses.

Andrea Bargnani finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Knicks, who have the NBA's worst record at 14-53.



Spurs: Becky Hammon, the first full-time female assistant coach of an NBA team, got a nice hand when shown on the overhead videoboard in the second quarter. She played for the WNBA's New York Liberty early in his playing career.

Knicks: Coach Derek Fisher said injured guard Jose Calderon and team doctors were expected to meet Tuesday in hopes of developing a plan for the next steps in his recovery from a strained left Achilles. The veteran hasn't played since Feb. 25. ... Knicks starters Andrea Bargnani and Shved played for Spurs assistant Ettore Messina in Europe.


Spurs: Visit Milwaukee on Wednesday.

Knicks: Host Minnesota on Thursday. 

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