SAN ANTONIO – The San Antonio Spurs got the test they were expecting all season at home, and it almost proved too much for them to overcome.
Kawhi Leonard had 19 points and 12 rebounds and San Antonio held off Kristaps Porzingis and the New York Knicks 100-99 on Friday night to remain unbeaten at home.
San Antonio won its franchise-record 22nd straight home game to open the season and tied the franchise’s best start after 38 games at 32-6. But after winning their past three home games by a 25-point average, the Spurs escaped when Jose Calderon’s 3-pointer at the buzzer bounced off the rim.
“I was kind of enjoying (the blowouts),” San Antonio guard Manu Ginobili said. “It’s not bad to win games like that. Nothing is easy in the NBA, but we knew in facing the Knicks that they were playing great, feeling good about themselves. We had to play much better to get this win. And I think we did.”
Porzingis had 28 points and 11 rebounds but was on the bench when the Knicks started a 14-4 run to pull within 96-94 with 1:27 remaining.
New York’s Arron Afflalo hit his second 3-pointer in the final two minutes to make it 98-97 Spurs. After Tony Parker’s layup for San Antonio, Porzingis threw down an alley-oop dunk.
After rebounding Parker’s missed 6-meter jumper with 15.9 seconds remaining, Langston Galloway took the ball up court to set up Calderon’s miss after seeing New York coach Derek Fisher did not want to call a timeout.
“I thought it was best to allow the game to finish up as it was going,” Fisher said. “Their defense wasn’t really set. Everybody was trying to scramble to figure out how they matched up. We made a good basketball play. We got a good shooter an open look, and it just didn’t go in.” Cavaliers 125, Timberwolves 99
In Minneapolis, J.R. Smith scored a season-high 27 points and Kevin Love had 20 points, nine rebounds and four assists in his return to Minnesota to help Cleveland to its sixth straight win. Warriors 128, Trail Blazers 108
In Portland, Klay Thompson scored 36 points, making seven 3-pointers, and Golden State beat the Blazers for its fifth straight victory. Bucks 96, Mavericks 95
In Milwaukee, Khris Middleton’s driving layup with less than 10 seconds to play carried the Bucks past Dallas. Heat 103, Suns 95
In Phoenix, Dwyane Wade scored 27 points and Miami beat the Suns for the 11th straight time. Grizzlies 91, Nuggets 84
In Memphis, Zach Randolph scored 16 of his 24 points in the second half and Mario Chalmers made a pair of 3-pointers in the final 1:30 to lead the Grizzlies over Denver. Pacers 91, Pelicans 86
In New Orleans, Ian Mahinmi had 17 points and 10 rebounds, and Indiana beat the reeling Pelicans, who lost Anthony Davis to a lower back bruise early in the game. Raptors 97, Wizards 88
In Washington, DeMar DeRozan scored 21 of his season-high 35 points in the second half, Kyle Lowry had 21 points and 10 assists, and Toronto beat the Wizards. Magic 83, Nets 77
In New York, Victor Oladipo and Nikola Vucevic each scored 20 points to lead Orlandoto a win over Brooklyn, which has lost nine straight home games. Thunder 117, Lakers 113
In Los Angeles, Russell Westbrook had 36 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists, and Oklahoma City beat the Lakers despite 44 points from Lou Williams.