Final: Knicks 105, Spurs 101

The Knicks (10-21) upset the Spurs (25-8), 105-101.

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Carmelo Anthony, who scored a season-low 16 points in the Knicks’ first game vs. San Antonio, had 27 points in his return to the lineup.

This marked the Knicks’ first win against a Western Conference team.

Five different Knicks scored in double-figures, including Iman Shumpert, who had a career-high 27 points.

The Spurs’ front-court tandem of Kawhi Leonard and Tim Duncan were held to a combined 17 points and 11 rebounds.

Sam Spiegelman

A streak no more.

New York bucked a pair of streaks — a string of three straight losses and a nine-game losing mark to Western Conference opponents, as they upset the Spurs (25-8), 105-101.

After clinging to a five-point lead at halftime, the Knicks were able to stave off the Spurs late in the fourth quarter, finally displaying that oh-so-important defense that has been lacking all season long.

Tied at 98 with 1:12 remaining, Iman Shumpert made a 3 to give the Knicks back the lead, but Marco Belinelli answered right back to knot it up at 101. Again, it was Shump who took over, giving the Knicks a two-point lead before Carmelo Anthony closed out the win with a pair of free-throws.

Anthony, who was sidelined for the past three games due to an ankle injury, returned to the lineup to score a team-high 27 points and team-high 12 rebounds. Shumpert also had 27 points, a season-best mark.

Three other Knicks scored in double-figures, including Andrea Bargnani (10), Beno Udrih (10) and Amare’ Stoudemire (11) off the bench. In all, three of the Knicks starters had positive +/- marks on the night.

New York now owns an 1-9 mark against the West on the year.

The Spurs were led by  Belinelli, who led all scorers with 32 points, including six made 3s. Tony Parker added 12 points and seven assists, and Manu Ginobli contributed 11 points and 12 assists off the bench.

The Spurs’ front-court tandem of Tim Duncan and Kawhi Leonard combined for 17 points and 11 boards.




238 comments
Derek Thurber
Derek Thurber

Excellent article...I have been saying much of same...good positive energy...they have given us a great 100 point season...now we need energy restored for playoffs

gleichzal2
gleichzal2

i agree with several points in the article, but if you think strait/de haan makes a difference, i think you're overthinking the eighth d-man.  the only thing odd about that switch is that capuano stuck with de haan for so long and then suddenly did a flip.  but one or the other, i don't think it's a big deal.

finnmaccul
finnmaccul

@rmbbanned2.  did you watch the game last night !?!  They looked like they were wearing lead skates.  Butch and Howie must have said 10 times how slow they looked and they're not exactly harsh critics of the team.  We were outshooting them when we were down 4-1.  In the third when we had PP and they just passed it back and forth I thought out loud they're not gonna get a shot and they didn't.  You can love our team and not be blind to their weaknesses. 


I'm not saying MY team are a bunch of lazy slugs just playing it out.  I know they're trying, but they needed a Knut Rockne coach right now.  Someone with fire and savvy.  BTW,  I agree with you on de Haan, something is rotten in Denmark.  The same thing magnified with Donovan.  I don't want Caps to air internal stuff to the media, etc.  but something ain't right. 

TonyM
TonyM

                         All Islander fans should be rooting hard for the Rags tomorrow night. Ottawa will once again be a desperate team while the Rags have nothing to play for! The only incentive for the Rags may be that the possibility exists that they may meet the Sens in the  first round  and might want to send a message!  If Ottawa wins, the Penquins will be the more desperate team come Friday night! A Penquin regulation win on Friday under this scenario will be a nightmare for the Isles! Right now Ottawa loks like a team of destiny while either the Isles or Pens fall out of the playoffs entirely! It's a long shot but the season should have never gotten to this point! If the Isles miss the playoffs I wonder if Crappy will still have that smirk on his face!

bubbamac19
bubbamac19

Several thoughts...

1. Spring is upon us and the Isles are playing meaningful hockey; that's terrific.

2. 5 regulars out of the lineup last night. 5. So there's no mystery as to the line shuffling last night.

3. Fabulous comeback effort. Sublime, twilight zone finish.

4. Stretches like this - endured by every team during the course of a season (yes the Lavi coached Preds, too) are building blocks for success, however troubling they may be.

5. The PK has been league best since March; the PP is, I think 9th overall; don't change a thing, just keep plugging.

6. I prefer deHaan over Strait and don't understand the 6 game sit down.As far as Last night, I can understand that Strait may bring a more physical presence; he played well; but I like deHaan as a skater and puck mover; get him back in.

7. Pro athletes need to have short memories. Every failure is replayed time and again in this era of social media. I expect Jaro to rebound completely and lead the way towards a good run into and within the playoffs.

8. They need to get healthy. 

9. Sports fandom isn't for babies; but you scroll up and down this site and wow; it's embarrassing (and entertaining I confess)

10. Games and stretches like these can build character; that character will contribute to success this year and beyond; I am all in for THIS season; but I also know that the Isles are building for long term success; they've made huge strides and acquisitions to that end this year. I'm proud of what they've accomplished, remain positive they will make the playoffs.

11. Like many here, my expectations were raised during the season; now they are faced with challenges; they're just the first of many; here's to the boys giving it their best. That's all we fans are entitled to.

Finster Allen
Finster Allen

@bubbamac19


Nothing irks me more than "enlightened" fans putting down and belittling "irrational" fans because, I don't know, you think they lack perspective...


Come off your high horse and let the fans speak their mind and get out their frustrations. Stop judging other fans because you "take losses like last night in stride". Last night was not to be looked at by itself. Its combined with 20+ seasons of NO PLAYOFF SERIES WINS. 


Its being the laughing stock of the league for the last 20 years. Its having other franchises giggle when you mention you are an Islanders fan. FInally this team gives us a season we can be proud of and maybe - just MAYBE - get out of the first round.


I remember a few years ago when the Washington Wizards won a first round series for the first time since the 80s and they actually handed out T-Shirts that celebrated a first round win. I remember thinking  that was the most desperate, sad thing a franchise could do. However, if the Islanders ever win another first round series, I would expect them to print up some T-Shirts because it would really be a time to celebrate.


So how about YOU calm down...and let fans vent. Why? Because they need to - and DESERVE to - without you "elitist" fans speaking down to them.

Thomas
Thomas

Grabner blew an assignment? Wrong. Grabner broke up the pass, NELSON turned the puck over and Kennedy fell asleep.. Funny how you don't mention your boy Bailey blew a BIG TIME assignment on the 3rd goal and was on the ice for another. Another awful game, but right he purposely banked a pass off the net...sure and he might score 50 goals this season. There are no positives right now. The coaching sucks, the system sucks, and the players minus JT suck.

rmbbanned2
rmbbanned2

@Thomas you want a tissue? you should definitely ride the players after showing all that heart. I guess if you were to get what you deserved, it would be " no playoffs" for you- since you have thrown them and the season under the bus. Epic ..

Logan Monstuart
Logan Monstuart

@Thomas I saw Bailey's miss. Again: as w Halak: not focusing when a win puts you in the playoffs. What can you even say?

I must say, being of a certain age: maybe people like me ARE expecting too much. This really is a different time, as anyone w kids knows. Anyone looking for a job knows, anyone hanging on to his job knows. Totally different time we're living in, 9-year-olds w cell phones. Mostly missing last night was, per usual, a 60-minute effort. Cannot be said too many times: the dynasty team, you went to those games and more than anything else you were struck not by the names Bossy and Potvin and Trottier and Goring, nice as they were to see, but by how hard the Isles worked, on every shift. (Credit: Al Arbour.)

Twenty years ago, there really was such a thing as "playoff hockey." Everything was more urgent, everyone a step faster. You don't see that anymore, for the most part, either. It's just a very long regular season, culminating in a Stanley Cup champ.

bubbamac19
bubbamac19

@ Logan I liked hockey better when the goalies looked like glorified defensemen and not the Michelin tire man they appear to be now. And I liked it better when scoring was dynamic (and prevalent) because there was more room on the ice and teams didn't just "get bodies and pucks to the net". Teemu Selanne scored 76 goals his rookie year. The scoring leader this year MIGHT beat that by 10 points. Yeesh.

I think playoff hockey is better but I wish it were all more wide open and creative.

Al Arbour preached "Work hard and for each other". I think Cappy preaches that too. I think the players will rise to the occasion.

rmbbanned2
rmbbanned2

Last night was actually funny- what else can go wrong?


Questioning effort is silly. They were down 4-1 with what 17 minutes left. The "no effort" boys tied it up. Of course, getting 40 shots over 60 minutes is a sign of effort. The effort is there.


The scoring dried up- 12 goals in 8 games. First time it happened all season.  They have scored 19 goals in the last 6 games- the scoring has returned..


The PK has allowed 2 goals since March 1. Six weeks isn't a short term trend.

The PP sits ranked #9 in the league. It can be hit or miss, but when your ranked #9 and improving from #13 a few weeks ago( scoring drought)- what is the complaint? They didn't score on a 2 man advantage, the Flyers didn't score on a longer 2 man advantage. Stuff happens.


They aren't blowing third periods leads every other game. It is just one of those things that happens.

Nothing wrong with being frustrated. I suggest the players, coaches, management fans and reporters who cover the team are all frustrated. Clear you head and get back to work- because that is the only thing that gets you out of a hole. 


Kick and scream all you want- but the simple truth is the Caps are in second by a single point- and the Pens are in fourth by 2 points. The team is closer to second then they are to fourth. Perceive all you want- but that is the reality of the standings with 2 games to play.


My concern is CdH. I am a big fan. He has been benched for 6 games. Either their is something going on with the player, or the coaching staff has been preaching a message, and the player hasn't been listening. Management has been very loyal to its young players, and even when they make mistakes- they sit them and then get them back into the line up. The team has had wins and losses the past six games, but CdH has always sat. The room is very tight, so the fans hear very little.


But 6 games is a very long time- something is very wrong in the world of CdH. 

In the personal world of JT- the man is menace to everything not Islanders. 

Logan Monstuart
Logan Monstuart

@rmbbanned2 Re: de Haan, I agree, and again, that's Cappy. If it's an injury, if it's an attitude, tell us.

@rmbbanned2 The reason we haven't blown many third period leads lately, is because we haven't HAD many 3rd period leads

Logan Monstuart
Logan Monstuart

I think we all have to realize that goaltender is to the Isles what quarterback is to the Jets -- still the biggest problem, still haven't had THE MAN since Smith/Namath.

Halak is less than average, not the equal of Holtby, Price, Lundqvist, or Raask. If we don't face the Pens, it's four and out. Sorry. But absolutely no way in the world the Flyers last goal goes in with ANY other goalie between the pipes. As impossible as it is to believe, with five seconds left in a game the Isles battled back to tie, with a point putting them in the playoffs -- Halak's not paying attention.

Wow. What a paycheck.

time2win
time2win

@Logan Monstuart i'd ride halak out next year and then have two options:

1) make a run at talbot, though i'm starting to think those goalies are a product of the system.  their third stringer is pitching shutouts too;

2) hope one of the kids steps their game up and becomes a 1a/b tandem.

rmbbanned2
rmbbanned2

@Logan Monstuart Why not just quit now? Door is on the left because the odds of the Pens facing the Isles in round 1 are beyond long. Pens are three back from second with 2 games to play.


as for Jaro- he made a mistake. It happens.

Logan Monstuart
Logan Monstuart

@rmbbanned2 @Logan Monstuart I would be the first to tell you I'm too critical -- but Halak made a mistake??? Letting in a harmless shot from the blue line, three seconds left of a tie game where, AGAIN, a point gets you in the playoffs?

Wish you were my boss.

time2win
time2win

I agree about the comeback.  It is definitely a positive.  The bottom line is, if they lost that game in overtime, it would have been a very solid 1 point.  however, due to a very unlucky play, the puck bounced in.  this has nothing to do with halak choking.  things like this happen over the course of the season.  in this case, it happened to be at the worst possible moment of our season.

Gianni Romeo
Gianni Romeo

I blame Barack Obama, there is no other logical excuse that can paint a clearer picture. Were doomed.;-) 

Chill folks, it's only hockey, these lads get paid allot more money than us, thus let them worry about there future.


Forget yesterday's game and a fluke goal that simply caught Halak off guard (no excuse) but what a comeback indeed.


Makes for an interesting finish to this season for positioning and playoff partners...hoping Ottawa squeezes in at the cost of the Bruins.

time2win
time2win

@Gianni Romeo hoping boston gets that 8 spot and plays the rags. hoping we get in at the 2 seed.  boston win tonight.  ott loss tomorrow.  we win friday and saturday.  pitt wins sat.  i think that'll do it.

jets3980
jets3980

@Gianni Romeo please don't mention that loser president we have in the same sentence as our hockey team! aaaaahhhhh! please the thought of that loser makes me ill.

drgary
drgary

Truth Be Told...


After watching Winnipeg win in St Lou and Ottawa come back from 3-0 last night let's face it, The Isles are not worthy of being in the playoffs. The mentality, the hunger, the desperation just isn't there. The coach continues to play personal hunches and dresses his favorites instead of this best players (Strait -2 again, instead of De Haan???????) and obviously cannot properly motivate nor prepare this team. At this point an epic meltdown that leaves them out of the playoffs would be their just desert. Shame on Cappy. Shame on the players. For those of us who have sufferred for many years since the dynasty, We Deserve Better. And, to kick us in the ballls, they are leaving us anyway! On Saturday night I expect to be attending the last hockey game ever played at The Ol Barn. Unfortunately, this organization makes it very easy to say : "Let's Go Rangers!"

jets3980
jets3980

i agree with a lot of what you are saying except 2 things, 1 - never lets go rangers! screw them! and 2 its the bitter nassau residence that voted a new arena down, not the islanders fault.  but i think unless they go into the 2nd round of the playoffs capuano has to go bottom line there is just too much talent on this team to collapse like this. this is just crazy to see what is happening before our very eyes.

time2win
time2win

@jets3980 meh.  seems like a rangers fan in disguise to me.  no true islanders fan would ever say let's go rangers without first substantiating it with a good reason why we need them to win (to benefit our own self interests).  If the #2 seed is still in play, "Let's Go Rangers!  Beat the Caps".  Or "Let's Go Rangers!" - beat Ottawa.

jets3980
jets3980

@time2win @jets3980  after season think garth should look to find a goalie. i know it would never happen but id take cam talbot of the loser rangers hands for a 1st rounder. lets face it halak is just too  inconsistent to win with.

Sorry but I never heard any Islanders fan ever say "Unfortunately, this organization makes it very easy to say : "Let's Go Rangers!""

If that is how you feel don't let the door hit you on the way out! 

jets3980
jets3980

@time2win @jets3980 you are right he has been but he is just crazy inconsistent at times and having a top goalie in this league is what all the top consistent play off teams have. i hate to say it but the loser rangers have 2 of them! uuuuuuurgggh it kills me to see how well the rangers are playing.

time2win
time2win

@jets3980 @time2win i can't justify dumping halak because of that goal.  it was a terrible goal no doubt - but he is as big a part of our success this year as anyone.

There were absolutely no positives from this game. They were losing to and being outplayed for 58 minutes by a team that was out of the playoff picture. There was no effort and no desperation - that's on the coach!! These are mostly young guys who haven't been through this - they need to be taught how to handle this situation. Come out and dominate your opponents. Make your own luck. At this time of year, every shift is critical - every player is critical. No sense of that from this team or the coaches. Why isn't KO playing with JT and Lee!!!! He is not himself but still better than no shot Bailey. Strait and Kennedy should never see the ice again. Grabner should play every game when healthy. I am a season ticket holder who was on the fence about signing up for this year. i had four conditions to do so - three were met in the off season. The one that wasn't - getting rid of Capuano - wasn't and has cost this team dearly! Whether you slump early or slump late, that's on the coach!! SACK JACK!!!

redly
redly

KO has been the worst player on the ice since his return! thats why hes not on JTs line

finnmaccul
finnmaccul

Look,  forget about the BAD GOAL, it happened and it happens, though maybe too much for Halak.  The real problem last night was the emotionless play for most of the game.  Even the damn fight seemed like it was going through the motions, it certainly didn't seem to charge up the team.  Butch and Howie decried the absence of Martin and Clutterbuck, really what do we miss?  Lee has more goals than the entire line. Ok, maybe the bang and roll tempo, but unfortunately it doesn't seem to inspire the rest of them.  Someone said we went 19-7 and then 27-27.  Maybe we're not a .750 team but I think we're better than a .500 team.  Even if we're a .500 team, at one point they believed they were better and played better.  This BS about 'I liked their battle level tonight' teaches a team to accept 50-50 play from themselves and teammates.  Arbour wouldn't have accepted this crap, Laviolette wouldn't either.  Maybe Capuano is pounding them in practice, but I doubt it

redly
redly

@finnmaccul there emotionless team out played our emotionless team for the first five minutes of the game, then our emotionless team out played them the rest of the game

parm20
parm20

why is there even a positives section? stop with the excuses Erni. Just win boys cmon

pilon47
pilon47

I am getting very nervous thinking about Halak's play. Not

sure he will take us far into the playoffs, especially after that

atrocious softy last night.


isles14
isles14

very frustrating end to a great season.

Chris Molloy
Chris Molloy

Simply, there are 0 positives to take away from this game. I'm sick and tired of hearing for the last 6 weeks the following:

Isles are out shooting most opponents.

Isles have been unlucky.

Isles advance stats show they have out played opponents.


We have heard the losing will stop because of the above. It has not and if you watch the games you understand their struggles. Only positive to me are wins and points. period. and if they don't get any points in the last 2 games they are toast. Believe your eyes not the garbage

willymayshays
willymayshays

@Chris Molloy


People love to think they completely understand how everything works and numbers are very official looking.  Reality is very chaotic however.  The closer you look the more so in fact.  


About the only thing we know for sure, statistically is that a few teams make the playoffs and in the end only 1 team will be the winner.  

Chris Molloy
Chris Molloy

@parm20 Erni is fine. He has to write article's and I think he does a good job. You can find a positive in most games if you look hard enough. The fact is this team played poorly for a long period of time and the record reflect that.

TonyM
TonyM

                        Halak was problay the teams MVP the first half of the season! The second half has shown why the Blues let him go!

If Ottawa beats the Rags and we lose in regulation to the Penquins , this team will fold on Saturday! This team is becoming a mirror image of their coach who accepts mediocrity and only holds CERTAIN players accountable! If we do get into the playoffs this team will more then likely go out in the first round!

The  ENTIRE coaching staff (Crappy, Weight, Cronin and Dunham) have to be replaced for this team to improve! It's also  time for certain players to move on (Bailey. KO, Strait, Viz, Hickey, Grabner) They have been brought up in culture of losing for so long it's hard for them to adapt to a winning style!

willymayshays
willymayshays

@TonyM


Halak was the MVP for a month and a 1/2.  Leddy was the 1st half MVP!

hands down.

russ1975
russ1975

@bobb I try to stay positive, it's not end of the world. 

russ1975
russ1975

@TonyM Stop crying like a little beach. They will make the playoffs.

Patrick Schiazzz
Patrick Schiazzz

Agree, some of these core players have suffered irreversible damage if you ask me. Maybe some will never win here, and need to be moved to improve other areas of the team. Let's see, DEFENSE. Other players just haven't been capable up to this point.(hickey,vis,de Haan) I think it's a combination of horrendous coaching, and player personnel(defense). Snow and the coaching staff have this philosophy that everything will come together eventually. Patience right? I'm 28 years old haven't seen isles win a round since 93'. I see the same old islanders pschye that has plagued them for years still lingering. Until that mentality leaves, we will all be tortured for life.

bobb
bobb

Just barely making it into the playoffs, coming from a team that was in first place and dominant for the fist 50 games of the season is a reason to act like a "beach" and cry. Glad that you as an Islander fan are just happy to make it in and be there. That seems to be the mentality of the team, the coach, the GM, and half of the fans. I'm sure that just winning a playoff game is ok for you also. If we play hard and make it to a game 7 and lose, you'll be happy that we battled hard and competed. I'm an Islander fan who expects more. I want a consistent team that competes for the Stanley Cup every year and goes into the playoffs as a possible favorite.

jets3980
jets3980

@russ1975 @bobb hey russ its hard to be positive when they started the way they did. they dominated for 50 plus games and now are totally collapsing in front of us. Capuano has to go after season, we need a real coach. this falls on him. I've seen enough of him destroying the chemistry on this young team.  good bye Cap