SAN ANTONIO — LaMarcus Aldridge had 22 points, Bryn Forbes added 20 and the San Antonio Spurs rallied for a 120-111 victory over the Knicks on Wednesday night, spoiling RJ Barrett’s debut with New York.
The Knicks have pinned a great deal of hope in Barrett, the No. 2 overall draft pick out of Duke, after failing to sign any marquee free agents in the offseason. Barrett had a solid debut, scoring 21 points on 9-for-13 shooting with five rebounds and two assists in 37 minutes.
Marcus Morris led New York with 26 points, and Julius Randle added 25 points and 11 rebounds.
The Spurs are counting on Dejounte Murray, who played in his first game since tearing his right ACL in a preseason game Oct. 7. Murray had 18 points, including a 3-pointer with five minutes remaining that put San Antonio up 105-97. The 6-foot-5 point guard had six assists and eight rebounds.
San Antonio outscored New York 37-27 in the fourth quarter to erase a one-point deficit.
The Spurs opened on a 14-4 run but missed their next five shots as well as two free throws. The lull gave the Knicks’ revamped lineup a needed boost of confidence, and it responded by closing the first half on an 11-8 run.
San Antonio committed 21 turnovers, which led to 32 points.
Morris, who signed with the Knicks after backing out of a verbal agreement with the Spurs on a two-year deal, was heavily booed throughout the game. Morris responded to the initial boos by backing down and then hitting a turnaround jumper on DeMar DeRozan for the game’s opening points.
Trey Lyles, who the Spurs signed after Morris reneged, started at center and had eight points and 11 rebounds.