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Knicks make news at Academy Awards by snapping 18-game home losing streak

This Broadway smash even made news on Hollywood's big night. Hey, when the Knicks win a home game, Spike Lee needs to know. Even if he's across the country at the Academy Awards, busy getting his own big victory.

Samuel L. Jackson announces win to director, super fan Spike Lee from stage

Samuel L. Jackson embraces Spike Lee, winner of the award for best adapted screenplay for "BlacKkKlansman." Lee was also informed that the New York Knicks had beat the San Antonio Spurs 130-118 to snap a franchise-record home losing streak. (Chis Pizzello/The Associated Press)

This Broadway smash even made news on Hollywood's big night.

Hey, when the Knicks win a home game, Spike Lee needs to know. Even if he's across the country at the Academy Awards, busy getting his own big victory.

So when the Knicks snapped their franchise-record losing streak at Madison Square Garden at 18 games by beating the San Antonio Spurs 130-118 on Sunday night, actor Samuel L. Jackson made the announcement from on stage to Lee. Lee was in the audience on a night he won the award for best adapted screenplay as part of the team that wrote his movie "BlacKkKlansman," but for so long sat courtside when the Knicks used to win home games.

"It's major," guard Dennis Smith Jr said after his first home victory as a Knick.

"We've been having our fans come out and support every night and haven't won here since Dec. 1. I wasn't part of that one, so I'm glad that we could get it tonight and just give the fans something to see."

Damyean Dotson scored 27 points, and Smith, Kevin Knox and Emmanuel Mudiay all had 19. Smith had 13 assists and Knox had 10 boards, while rookie Mitchell Robinson finished with 15 points and 14 rebounds.

Not up for discussion

Coach David Fizdale said the Knicks never talked about their home skid, which began after a victory over Milwaukee.

"They get over it, they get back to work," he said. "And at some point you know the basketball gods will look out for you when you're doing that."

DeMar DeRozan had 32 points and nine rebounds for the Spurs, who fell to 1-6 on their trip that ends Monday night in Brooklyn. LaMarcus Aldridge scored 18 points, but was limited to just 13 minutes through three quarters because of foul trouble.

The Spurs came in as the NBA's best 3-point shooting team but were just 6 for 24 behind the arc, far too poor to make up for a dismal defensive effort that had the Knicks wearing out the rims with slam dunks and shooting 51 percent.

Coach Gregg Popovich credited his reserves for getting the Spurs back into the game in the second half, but the hole was too big.

"That group gets credit for playing and doing their job the way they should," he said. "Other than that, it was a pathetic performance defensively, but the Knicks had something to do with it."