New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) – Tony Parker and Danny Green combined for 18 points in the first period to spark the San Antonio Spurs’ breakaway en route to a 120-89 rout of the New York Knicks Sunday at Madison Square Garden.
Green sparked an opening 10-0 salvo with two triples while Parker added 10 as the Spurs (6-1) raced to a 35-17 lead and never looked back on the way to their fourth straight victory.
Green finished with 24 points on 8-of-11 shooting with six triples on top of career-best 10 boards while Parker finished with 17 points and 10 assists as the Spurs recorded their highest output so far this season.
“Any night it’s good to play well but back home, especially, it’s a fun time,” said the Long Island native Green, who gave out 22 tickets to family and friends.
“He played well. He’s a shooter, so he’s going to shoot the ball and tonight he made them,” Parker said of Green.
Kawhi Leonard had 18 points, Patty Mills added 15 points and Tim Duncan scored 11 points despite taking only four shots and had 10 boards in 24 minutes of action.
The Spurs shot 53.9 percent from the field and dominated the shaded lane, grabbing 51 rebounds compared to the Knicks’ 33.
Carmelo Anthony and Andrea Bargnani scored 16 points apiece, Metta World Peace had 13 and rookie Tim Hardaway Jr. had 11 for the Knicks (2-4), who made just 31 of 82 attempts from the field for 37.8 percent.
In his first game back from a five-game drug suspension, J.R. Smith went 1-for-9 for five points. Amar’e Stoudemire continued to struggle, shooting 1-for-5 for two points and two rebounds.
“We didn’t compete tonight, it’s just unacceptable,” said Knicks coach Mike Woodson.
The Spurs shot 72 percent in the first quarter — and 83 percent from the arc — en route to a 35-17 lead after one.
With Green scoring 13 points in the third period, the Spurs then padded their lead to 90-60 heading into the fourth period.