SAN ANTONIO — Kawhi Leonard had 19 points and 12 rebounds and the San Antonio Spurs held off Kristaps Porzingis and the New York Knicks 100-99 on Friday night (Saturday, Manila time) to remain undefeated at home.
San Antonio won its franchise-record 22nd straight home game to open the season, but this was its most difficult victory yet.
Porzingis had 28 points and 11 rebounds but was on the bench when the Knicks started a 14-4 run to pull within 96-94 with 1:27 remaining.
New York's Arron Afflalo hit his second 3-pointer in the final 2 minutes to make it 98-97 Spurs. After Tony Parker's layup for San Antonio, Porzingis threw down an alley-oop dunk.
Parker missed a jumper, and then Jose Calderon missed a contested 3-pointer from the left corner.