The deficit had grown large and time was running out. The AT&T Center was rocking. In those few moments during their full timeout, the Knicks had to find some formula, some strategy in which to regroup. The Knicks’ unbeaten record and their pursuit of gaining respect against one of the best teams in the N.B.A., the San Antonio Spurs, was in the balance.
Coach Mike Woodson screamed at his players as they came to the bench. Tyson Chandler screamed back. Then Carmelo Anthony was able to get everyone’s attention by shouting the same word over and over again: “Relax.”
In the final seven minutes, the Knicks proved they are legitimate in erasing a 12-point deficit with a 27-11 run to hand the Spurs their first home loss of the season, 104-100, on Thursday night. The Knicks (6-0), who won here for the first time since 2003, will try to match their best start in franchise history Friday when they play the Grizzlies in Memphis.