The best metaphor to describe this Knicks’ dramatic win is the plot of She’s All That.
The San Antonio Spurs are one of the NBA’s best defensive teams and yet they had no answer for Knicks gem Langston Galloway. Although Tony Parker got off to a hot start, the Knicks kept chipping into the lead. At halftime they were only down 10. The Knicks went on a run in the 3rd quarter with Galloway knocking down 3 straight shots outside the paint. Coach Popovich switched his best defender on the rookie. Kawhi Leonard did have an effect on Galloway. But fellow guard Alexey Shved, New York’s trade deadline acquisition, was able to find his shot and get teammates involved with 7 assists. The 2 guards combined for 43 points against the Spurs. The Knicks were unselfish and utilized the extra pass to find a good shot.
I was at this game and it gave the feeling of a team that was keyed in to winning. The Knicks rebounded well and kept up with the Spurs on defense. Galloway set a new career high in points (22) and minutes played (48). The overtime victory is only the Knicks 2nd win of the month; the other coming against the equally depressing Lakers. The Spurs, who are the West’s 7th seed, could be looking at a 1st round exit if they don’t find the consistency that they maintained last season.