New York Knicks stun Spurs behind huge second half from Carmelo Anthony 2
Feb 12, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) reacts during the second half against the San Antonio Spurs at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Knicks beat the Spurs on Sunday afternoon at Madison Square Garden. Like this week couldn’t get any stranger.

  • New York Knicks 94 (23-33)
  • San Antonio Spurs 90 (41-13)
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*Seinfeld voice* What’s the deal with the New York Knicks? They just beat the San Antonio Spurs. The team with the second-best record in the NBA. That just happened.

Outside of Kawhi Leonard (36 points, 13-27 FG), the Spurs had only two other players who scored in double-figures. As great as the Knicks defense was on Sunday (all of this is true), they won because of the second half heroics of Carmelo Anthony. Entering Sunday’s contest, Anthony had the lowest scoring average of his career against any team against the Spurs (20.3 points per game in 32 games).

The nine-time All-Star started the game slowly scoring just four points on 2 of 5 shooting in the first 24 minutes and it looked like it was going to be another tough one. Melo completely turned things around in the second half, dropping 21 points on 7 of 16 shooting. Anthony’s anticipated head-to-head battle with Leonard was a let-down as Danny Green covered him for most of the contest.

If the outcome of the game wasn’t strange enough for you, how about what was going on in the stands?

Owner James Dolan turned his team’s Sunday afternoon game against the heavily favored  Spurs into a reunion. An embarrassing one. Two days after Charles Oakley was banned from Madison Square Garden, former Knick Latrell Sprewell returned following a 13-year absence and a public tirade against the reviled billionaire.

Dolan made a point during his radio interview with Michael Kay to say that the Knicks had a good relationship with all of their former players. Oakley was the exception. This was clearly Dolan just pouring it on.

I'm ESNY's Executive Editor for I cover the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets. Email: Chip Murphy covers the NBA for Elite Sports NY. You can find him on Twitter @ChipperMurphy.