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Knicks fall to Spurs 93-119, snap three game winning streak

Derrick Rose missed his first game since rejoining the Knicks because of inconclusive pregame COVID-19 tests, so Frank Ntilikina had his first start under Tom Thibodeau. Ntilikina had 13 points and 2 rebounds in 25 minutes, shooting 5-6 from the field but the Knicks fell 93-119 at the AT&T Center in San Antonio.

The Spurs went on a 10-0 run in the middle of the third quarter to take their first double digit lead of the game (62-79) and from that point, the Knicks – who won seven of their last nine games prior to this one – couldn’t recover.

“You get what you deserve.”

Tom Thibodeau

The Knicks had 16 turnovers, twice as many as the Spurs and suffered at mostly every other chapter. Shooting, rebounding, assisting but mostly, they allowed the Spurs to score at ease from the paint.

Immanuel Quickley scored a game high 26 points off the bench, RJ Barrett had 15 points while Julius Randle finished in double double with 14 buckets and 11 boards.

The Spurs were led by Trey Lyles with 18 points; Dejounte Murray had 17 while Luka Samanic and Patty Mills had each 14 points coming off the bench.

Up-next: The Knicks (18-18) return to the Garden on Thursday to take on the Pistons (9-26) from 7:30 pm and hoping to own a positive record before the All Star break. Rose, who was cleared with negative tests is expected to return to the lineup.

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