Spurs rally to beat Knicks 120-111, spoil Barrett’s NBA debut

SAN ANTONIO (AP) – The lessons are coming early for New York Knicks rookie RJ Barrett. From his first NBA game?

“You’ve got to keep going, especially if you get up,” he said.

LaMarcus Aldridge had 22 points, Bryn Forbes added 20 points and San Antonio rallied for a 120-111 victory over the Knicks on Wednesday night, spoiling Barrett’s debut.

The Spurs outscored the Knicks 37-27 in the final quarter after Barrett rallied New York from a 16-point deficit in the first half.

Barrett scored 21 points on nine-for-13 shooting with five rebounds and two assists in 37 minutes.

“You’ve got to keep putting it on them,” Barrett said. “Just like we’re not going to quit, they’re not going to quit either.”

The Knicks have pinned a great deal of hope on Barrett, the number three overall draft pick out of Duke, after failing to sign any marquee free agents in the offseason.

New York Knicks’ RJ Barrett drives past the San Antonio Spurs’ Trey Lyles during the game. PHOTO: AFP