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Iman Shumpert’s career-high 27 points help Knicks beat Spurs (VIDEO)

Jan 3, 2014, 9:31 AM EDT

The Knicks have needed someone to spark them in what has been a dismal campaign thus far, and they finally got the performance they were looking for out of Iman Shumpert in Thursday’s huge win on the road over the Spurs.

Shumpert has always shown flashes of being able to do these things, but he seemed to put it all together in this one. New York was so successful last season because J.R. Smith often turned in these types of games to complement Carmelo Anthony, but Smith has struggled in that role this year.

Shumpert matched Anthony with a career-high 27 points on 10-of-13 shooting, to go along with six rebounds and three steals. His offensive rebound tip-in (at the 1:10 mark of the video clip above) with 23.4 seconds remaining was extremely impressive, and helped seal the much-needed victory.

  1. knicksmets - Jan 3, 2014 at 11:40 AM

    Nice to see him do well for a change, he has been struggling for a while. Tonights game against the rockets will show if he has turned a corner or if his performance was an outlier. I hope he continues to do well but it will take a while to know for sure.

  2. jolink653 - Jan 3, 2014 at 12:27 PM

    They played so well on both ends last night and it was great to see, especially with Shump being the catalyst on both sides of the ball. This is the kind of win that could spark some kind of momentum and maybe they start playing consistently again. But the defensive intensity was the best part for me

  3. money2long - Jan 3, 2014 at 12:39 PM

    the person that said the knicks would be 10-21 at best after this road trip care to change his or her opinion now ?

  4. theromeo2k - Jan 3, 2014 at 3:37 PM

    I’ve never seen the Knicks move the ball and play defense THIS good even counting back to last year. Is this real life? Or maybe one of those once-in-a-while-Jeremy-Lin-Outbursts?

    This could be the spark they need to get back on track again (same goes to the Nets, although doubtful). Let’s see what this turns out to… #PrayforNY

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