The white-hot New York Knicks kept one streak alive while putting another to rest.
Raymond Felton scored 25 points, JR Smith had 17, including the go-ahead three with just over a minute left, and the Knicks stormed past the San Antonio Spurs 104-100 on Thursday to remain the league’s only undefeated team.
With their first win in 10 visits to the Alamo City since March 18, 2003, the 6-0 Knicks moved within a victory of matching the franchise record to open a season, set in 1993-94 en route to an NBA Finals appearance.
New York’s Jason Kidd scored 14 points with three timely triples during a 27-11 closing run in the final seven minutes that wiped out a 13-point deficit.
Tyson Chandler finished with 13 points and 11 rebounds for the Knicks, while top gun Carmelo Anthony was held to just nine points on 3-of-12 shooting, but grabbed 12 boards.
Frenchman Tony Parker led San Antonio (7-2) with 19 points and 12 assists. Kawhi Leonard scored 16 while Tim Duncan finished with 14 points and 14 rebounds.
The Spurs were poised to hand the Knicks their first loss of the season. Ahead by four entering the final frame, the lead ballooned to 89-77 as Brazilian backup centre Tiago Splitter ran off San Antonio’s first 11 points for a game total of 13.
But the Spurs started to unravel as the Knicks began to force turnovers and utilize the long ball to get back into the game.
Kidd connected on consecutive threes to pull the Knicks to within 89-85.
They took the lead on Smith’s triple that began with a Kidd steal for a 97-95 advantage with 62 seconds left.
The ageless 39-year-old Kidd drilled his third three of the period for a five-point advantage. Chandler’s thunderous dunk made it 102-95 with 37 seconds remaining and sealed the impressive come-from-behind win.
Elsewhere, LeBron James had 27 points with 12 assists, Norris Cole buried the go-ahead corner three with 51 seconds left and the short-handed Miami Heat ended 10 years of futility in Denver, beating the Denver Nuggets 98-93.
Deron Williams and Brook Lopez scored 24 points apiece, leading the Brooklyn Nets over the visiting Boston Celtics for their fourth straight win. Paul Pierce had 22 points while Leandro Barbosa added 17 in place of injured guard Rajon Rondo for the Celtics, who had a three-game winning streak stopped.DPA