NEW YORK — Carmelo Anthony scored 25 and the Knicks beat the Spurs 94-90 on Sunday, limiting San Antonio to 36 percent shooting.
Kawhi Leonard had 36 points for the Spurs, who failed in their first attempt to secure what would have been an NBA-record 20th consecutive winning season.
"The object is to put the ball in that orange ring," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "That ball's got to go in there."
Knicks forward Joakim Noah (left hamstring) missed his fourth straight game.
Former Knicks star Latrell Sprewell returned to Madison Square Garden for the first time in 13 years, joining a number of other former Knicks in attendance two days after ex-star Charles Oakley was banned from the building. Sprewell sat behind the baseline next to MSG chairman James Dolan, who banned Oakley after Oakley was arrested last week while attending a game.
Sprewell hadn't been at MSG since Dec. 29, 2004, when he played with the Timberwolves. The season before, he cursed at Dolan in his first game back after being traded.
GAME HIGHLIGHTS: Andrew Wiggins scored 27 and Karl-Anthony Towns added 22 to help the host Timberwolves beat the Bulls 117-89. Chicago was missing Jimmy Butler, Dwyane Wade, Nikola Mirotic and Paul Zipser with injuries. Minnesota shot 54 percent to help coach Tom Thibodeau sweep the season series against his former team. … Tobias Harris had 24 points off the bench, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope made a go-ahead 3-pointer with 13.2 seconds left and the visiting Pistons overcame a 16-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Raptors 102-101.
AROUND THE LEAGUE: The Nuggets traded bruising big man Jusuf Nurkic to the Trail Blazers for center Mason Plumlee, according to reports. Denver also gets a second-round pick and cash, and Portland gets a first-rounder.