Oscar-Night Win — Feb 24, 2019: NY 130 San Antonio 118

And just like that the Knicks have won 2 of 3 and are one of the hottest teams in the NBA, loaded with young talent. And in jeopardy of losing their top-3 draft lottery positioning.

The Knicks HAMMERED San Antonio at Madison Square Garden. They won easily — San Antonio’s fourth quarter run only got them to within 8 before the Knicks pushed back with a Lance Thomas 3 to ice it, and then to cap it off — a Dennis Smith steal and breakaway Slam Dunk Contest … pass off the backboard to Mitchell Robinson for the SLAM!!!

Finally, after 3/4 of a season — 60 games — and the addition of Dennis Smith Jr to lead the team in the closing quarter — the Knicks are looking like they are arriving. Kevin Knox with his 3’s and aggressive if sometimes awkward drives to the hoop; the floaters; the slams. Damyean Dotson with the 3’s — raining from everywhere. Mitchell Robinson with the block shots and alley oop SLAMS and overall electrifying performances. Allonzo Trier with his hot-knife-thru-butter drives to the basket. Emmanuel Mudiay with his aggressive play.

So now the hard part — the Knicks must LOSE LOSE LOSE at least 16 of their last 22 games to maintain their top-3 worst positioning. This game vs San Antonio was up against the Oscar’s on a night when there were only 3 NBA games being played. That probably caused a lot of NBA fans to watch this game, even though it was not a nationally broadcast game. And one of those people was probably Skip Bayless, who had this to say:

That’s the bad news. The good news — Knicks are on the way UP. And on a night when everyone on twitter was saying how horrible the Oscars are to watch with the bloviated egos — those of us watching the Knicks game had a BALL — a Fun, Fun, Fun game to watch.

The Smith-Robinson-off-the-backboard slam was the final caper; but there was an earlier Smith-to-Robinson slam:

And a Kevin Knox to Robinson to Kevin Knox SLAM:

Emmanuel Mudiay was red hot in the first half. Smith took over down the stretch. Damyean Dotson was headband Dotson — and red hot all night. So far this season, Dotson plays great when he wears his headband which Knicks fans on twitter have noticed.

For San Antonio

For San Antonio, DeMar DeRozan gave Smith fits trying to defend him in the 4th — as DeRozan is about 4 inches taller — he finished with 32 pts on 12-22. LaMarcus Aldridge had 18 pts but only 3 rebounds in 21 minutes due to 4 fouls trying to contend with Mitchell Robinson. Bryan Forbes hit some big 3’s but was only 3-12 (2-8 from 3) for 15 pts. Rudy Gay had 10 pts, and Davis Bertans — San Antonio’s other starter — had 4 points. Pao Gasol came off the bench for 6 rusty minutes. You walked away from this game feeling the Knicks had a lot more talent than San Antonio.

The Boxscore:


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