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November 11, 2013

Spurs crush Knicks 120-89, win 4th straight

Danny Green's 24 points leads San Antonio

NEW YORK — Even with his team leading the Western Conference, Gregg Popovich said Sunday morning his San Antonio Spurs were playing C+ or B- basketball, adding there was "not much" he liked about their start.
The Spurs, he said, were winning because of "good fortune," ''corporate knowledge," and because "they're older than dirt."
Apparently Pop is as tough on his pupils as he is on those sideline reporters, though a 120-89 rout of the New York Knicks bumped up their grades.
"I thought tonight we played a good, solid B+, A- game," Popovich said. "There were some good things out there."
Just not from the team in orange. Coach Mike Woodson said the Knicks played with no pride, even with one of the NBA's marquee franchises making its lone visit to Madison Square Garden.
Danny Green had 24 points and a career-high 10 rebounds in the Spurs' fourth straight victory. Kawhi Leonard scored 18 points and Tony Parker had 17 in a game that was close for about 3 minutes. San Antonio scored the first 10 points, led by as many as 37, and was in complete control in between.
"It was embarrassing for us to come here on our home court and lose a game like this," Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony said. "It wasn't about losing the game, it was just how we lost the game. We didn't compete today and it showed out there on the court."
Tim Duncan took just four shots but finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds as San Antonio (6-1) shot 54 percent.
The Spurs spoiled the season debut of Knicks guard J.R. Smith, last season's Sixth Man of the Year. Suspended the first five games of the season for violating the NBA's anti-drug program, Smith shot 1 of 9 and scored five points in 20 minutes.

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