RJ Barrett drops 31 as Knicks fill up Spurs


January 10, 2022; New York, New York, United States; San Antonio Spurs center Jakob Poeltl (25) blocks a shot from New York Knicks guard RJ Barrett (9) during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

RJ Barrett scored 25 of his 31 points in the final 26-plus minutes on Monday night as host New York Knicks pulled away from the San Antonio Spurs in a 111-96 victory.

The victory was the third in Game 4 for the Knicks. Spurs concluded a 1-6 road trip with their third straight loss.

Barrett, who scored the Knicks’ last eight points in the first half, produced his fourth 30-point game of the season. Mitchell Robinson (13 points, 11 rebounds) achieved a double-double while teammates Evan Fournier (18 points) and Alec Burks (16 points) also scored in double digits for New York. Immanuel Quickley added 12 points off the bench.

Dejounte Murray scored 24 points for Spurs, who got a double-double from Jakob Poeltl (12 points, 10 rebounds). Lonnie Walker IV had 15 points while Joshua Primo finished with 11 points.

Poeltl scored six points as Spurs went on a 17-6 streak in the first and second quarters to take their biggest lead at 37-29 with 7:30 left in the half. The Knicks responded with a 16-6 run and took a 45-43 lead over Barrett’s dunk with 2:27 left. That hoop started their eight-point push, helping New York take a 51-49 lead in the intermission.

The game was tied three times in the third quarter before Burks drained a pair of free throws to put the Knicks ahead at 57-55. Barrett scored five points in a 7-0 streak that gave New York a double-digit advantage (78-67) for the first time. Walker scored five straight runs for Spurs, who trailed 82-75 at the end of the third.

Barrett opened the fourth quarter with five straight runs. Poeltl hit a 10-footer to bring the Spurs back to 87-77, but the Knicks sidelined the game by scoring the next 13 points, a period in which five players scored as San Antonio moved up to 0 for 8 in the field. The Quickley jumper gave New York their biggest lead at 107-83 before the visitors finished in a 13-4 run.

–Field level media

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