New York (USA), Nov. 23.- LaMarcus Aldridge scored 23 points for the San Antonio Spurs, who beat the New York Knicks 104-111.
The victory allows the Spurs to break their longest losing streak under the direction of coach Gregg Popovich, in eight games. The Spurs never lost the leadership, which they achieved for up to 28 goals and regained the form of the type of team that Popovich had, not that of the formation that became one with the worst defense in the NBA.
The eight-loss streak was the longest of the Spurs since the beginning of the 1996-97 season, with Bob Hill, when Popovich was the general manager.
He later replaced Hill that season and the Spurs selected Tim Duncan. Since then they have won five NBA titles during a record 22 consecutive postseason appearances. DeMar DeRozan got 21 points and nine rebounds and reserve Patty Mills scored 17 for the San Antonio team.
For the Knicks, Marcus Morris Sr., achieved 20 points as a seed leader.
The reserve Bobby Portis got 16 points and Julius Randela contributed 14 for the New York team.