Cleanthony Early and Kristaps Porzingis led the way as the New York Knicks knocked off the San Antonio Spurs 78-73 on Saturday in Las Vegas Nevada.
Early totaled 18 points on 50 percent shooting from the floor, including 2-for-6 from beyond the arc and 6-for-7 from the free-throw line to go along with five rebounds and three assists while Porzingis managed 12 points on 3-for-5 shooting from the floor and 6-for-7 from the charity stripe. He added three rebounds and two blocked shots in a little more than 18 minutes.
Jerian Grant also looked solid even though he didn’t shoot the ball great. He registered 12 points on 1-for-6 shooting from the floor, but went 9-for-10 from the free-throw line. He added five rebounds, three assists and two steals.
Ricky Ledo added eight points on 3-for-4 shooting with two assists and a pair of steals while Langston Galloway chipped in seven points, five rebounds and two assists. Travis Wear did work on the boards for the Knicks with a game-high 10 rebounds.
Kyle Anderson and Jonathan Simmons carried the load for the Spurs in the loss. Anderson had 23 points on 8-for-15 shooting from the field to go along with five rebounds, three assists and two steals while Simmons recorded 15 points, six rebounds, three steals and two assists.
Shannon Scott also had a nice all-around performance with 10 points on 4-for-7 shooting from the floor, including 2-for-5 from 3-point land. He added six rebounds, three assists and two steals off the bench.
After spending the Orlando summer league with the Magic blue team, Brandon Davies has stepped into the San Antonio lineup in Las Vegas and did some very nice things. During his first action with the Spurs played 16:32 against the Knicks and finished with seven points on 3-for-6 shooting from the floor, including 1-for-2 from 3-point range to go along with two rebounds and a steal.
He did most of his damage in the first quarter with four points and a rebound. After he got his first shot blocked by Porzingis, Davies knocked down a jumper on an assist from Simmons. He followed that up later with a dunk on a pass from Scott just before he went back to the bench. His last basket of the game came on a 3-pointer on another pass from Scott late in the third quarter to give the Spurs a five-point cushion.
Next in line for Davies and the Spurs is a matchup with the Milwaukee Bucks.