Knicks drubbed by Spurs as tank machine keeps chugging along


SAN ANTONIO — So you thought it would be a season sweep?

Two and a half weeks after the Knicks routed the Spurs at the Garden to snap their 18-game home losing streak, order was restored.

LaMarcus Aldridge scored 18 points to lead six double-figure scorers as the Spurs (40-29) won their seventh straight in a 109-83 revenge win over the Knicks.

It was the impotent Knicks’ lowest scoring output of the season and the fifth straight game they failed to reach 100 points. The Knicks racked up 130 points versus the Spurs last month. That means they scored 47 fewer points in Texas.

David Fizdale’s tank machine dropped its eighth straight and finished 0-3 on its road trip to maintain its league-worst record at 13- 56.

Three of the past six Spurs home games have been interrupted by bats flying over the court. The arena is located 15 miles from a bat cave and the arena roof is said to be recently compromised.

There were no bats Friday — just bricks.

Now the Knicks come home for a Sunday matinee to face the equally struggling Lakers in LeBron James’ lone Garden appearance of the season. Both the Knicks and Lakers will miss the playoffs for the sixth straight season.

The Spurs did their usual amount of sweet passing and sharp shooting and took a 56-41 lead into intermission. They shot 53.4 percent. DeMar DeRozan scored 13 points to go along with seven assists.

None of the Knicks starters scored more than five points in the first half. Point guard Kadeem Allen, the two-way G-Leaguer summoned to San Antonio for the game, scored 11 points in the half off the bench, making five of seven shots — mostly on nifty driving baskets. He finished with 16 points and two assists.

Damyean Dotson led the Knicks with 21 points. Rookie Kevin Knox had a poor shooting night — 2-of-7 for seven points. Starting point guard Emmanuel Mudiay — starting in place of Dennis Smith Jr. (back) — rallied from a 2-of-8 first half to score 14 points, but committed three turnovers. The Knicks shot just 38 percent in the half and 41.2 percent overall.