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Barrett scores 31, Knicks pull away to beat Spurs 111-96

San Antonio Spurs' Drew Eubanks (14) dunks in front of New York Knicks' RJ Barrett during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 10, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

By BRIAN MAHONEY AP Basketball Writer
NEW YORK (AP) — RJ Barrett scored 31 points in his first home game since hitting his first career buzzer beater, leading the New York Knicks to a 111-96 victory over the San Antonio Spurs.

Evan Fournier returned from a one-game absence with 18 points for the Knicks, who broke open a game that had been close throughout by outscoring the Spurs 18-2 to start the fourth quarter.

Barrett had five straight points to open the final period, which started with the Knicks ahead just 82-75.

By the time the Knicks hit three consecutive 3-pointers to end their spurt, it was 100-77.


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