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Shumpert lifts Knicks over Spurs
San Antonio, TX (SportsNetwork.com) – Iman Shumpert’s go-ahead tip-in with
23.4 seconds left lifted the New York Knicks to a 105-101 victory over the San
Antonio Spurs on Thursday night.
The game was tied at 101-101 when Carmelo Anthony missed a left corner three,
but the rebound ricocheted high up into the air. Shumpert leapt high to
bank in the tip-in and give the Knicks a 103-101 lead.
Marco Belinelli was off the mark on a triple from the top of the arc for San
Antonio and Anthony hit a pair of free throws to seal the outcome.
Shumpert had 27 points and six rebounds, while Anthony added 27 points and 12
boards for New York, which snapped a three-game losing streak.
Belinelli nailed six 3-pointers and finished with 32 points for the Spurs, who
had a three-game winning streak come to an end.
A Shumpert left corner 3 staked New York to a 94-85 lead with 4:49 left, but
the Spurs used a 13-2 run to surge in front.
Belinelli and Tony Parker nailed triples to begin the swing before Beno Udrih
sank two free throws. Belinelli then hit another 3 and Kawhi Leonard made two
free throws to tie the game. Tim Duncan’s layup capped the flurry and gave San
Antonio a 98-96 edge with 2:01 to play.
Anthony then drove in for a layup before treys by Shumpert and Belinelli
knotted the tilt with 37 ticks on the clock.
The Knicks led 26-25 after a quarter of play and 52-47 at the break.
New York’s advantage reached as high as 11 in the third before the visitors
settled for an 81-75 cushion heading into the fourth.
The Knicks shot 51.3 percent (39-of-76) from the floor and 52.9 percent (9-
of-17) from beyond the arc … Manu Ginobili had 11 points and 12 assists for