Duncan gets milestone win as Spurs beat Knicks 94-84
LaMarcus Aldridge scored 19 points, Kawhi Leonard had 18 points and 14 rebounds and the San Antonio Spurs beat the New York Knicks 94-84 on Monday night to give Tim Duncan a milestone victory.
Duncan had 16 points, 10 rebounds and six assists in his NBA-record 954th victory with one team. He passed Hall of Fame point guard John Stockton, who went 953-551 with the Utah Jazz. Duncan, in his 19th season, is 954-381.
Tony Parker also finished with 16 points.
Carmelo Anthony scored 19 points for the Knicks but struggled to just 4-of-17 shooting while often guarded by Defensive Player of the Year Leonard. Anthony was coming off a season-best 37 points on Saturday in a victory at Washington.
Aldridge followed his best game with the Spurs, a 24-point performance in a 95-87 victory in Boston on Sunday, by shooting 8 of 15 and grabbing six rebounds.
Rookie Kristaps Porzingis had 13 points and 14 rebounds for the Knicks but left the game with 2:49 remaining when Anthony appeared to land on Porzingis' head while taking a shot. Porzingis was on the floor trying to retrieve a loose ball under the basket. Anthony picked it up first and shot, then tumbled backward over the Latvian. Porzingis remained down, holding his head while play continued.
Porzingis had a highlight moment earlier in the game, climbing high over Aldridge from behind to throw down a follow dunk.
The Spurs led by just four with under 9 1/2 minutes remaining when Manu Ginobili made a 3-pointer, and the lead was never less than five again. Ginobili talked the Spurs into letting him play despite coach Gregg Popovich's intentions to rest him on the second night of a back-to-back.
Spurs: Duncan also tied Gary Payton for 10th place on the career list with 1,335 games played. ... San Antonio has won three straight since a season-opening loss to Oklahoma City.
Knicks: Forward Kevin Seraphin made his first appearance with the Knicks in the second half. Signed from Washington in the offseason, he had missed the first three games recovering from a sore right knee. Fellow newcomer Arron Afflalo remains out with a strained left hamstring. ... New York City Marathon champions Stanley Biwott and Mary Keitany were at the game.
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