Knicks home losing streak included these 12 major events

The 12-48 Knicks beat the playoff-chasing Spurs on Sunday night, much to Spike Lee’s delight (or chagrin, since he’s rooting for them to tank). They’re having so bad of a season that any victory is magnified by 1,000.

But this win was special, not because it was their third win since Jan. 1 or second win since losing 18 in a row in a skid that started on Jan. 7. New York’s win was special because it ended one of the worst home losing streaks in pro sports history.

See, the Knicks hadn’t won a game at Madison Square Garden since they defeated Giannis Antetokounmpo’s Bucks in overtime, 136-134. That was on Dec. 1, 18 home games ago. The year changed, then the month changed, before the Knicks saw another win in front of their home fans.

The Knicks broke a streak that tied for the third-longest home losing skid in the four major professional sports.

So many days have passed since that victory that superstars aren’t on the same teams. New York’s own superstar isn’t even its superstar anymore. Here are a few key things that happened — on and off the court — since New York’s last home win.

1. Carmelo Anthony was playing minutes in Houston

I couldn’t help it. I lied: Melo hasn’t played any minutes in a game since early November. Sorry.

But he was still a member of the Rockets, who eventually dealt him to the Bulls in late January.

2. Zion Williamson made a shoe explode

Uhhh, Nike?

3. The federal government shut down

This is not funny. The government is still partially shut down and it needs to end asap.

4. Paul George became an MVP candidate

George’s stats before Dec. 2: 23.5 points, 41.8 FG%, 7.7 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 2.2 steals
George’s stats after Dec. 2: 31.6 points, 46.8 FG%, 42.6 3PT%, 8.3 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 2.2 steals

Looks like an MVP to me.

5. LeBron got hurt, missed a ton of games, then returned

LeBron strained his groin on Christmas and missed 18 games recovering from injury. He returned consistently on Feb. 5, and the Knicks still had not won a game at home.

Sidebar: Are the Lakers gonna make the playoffs? Los Angeles went 6-12 in the 18 games James missed, and in the Western Conference, you can’t miss a beat. Now, Los Angeles is below .500 and three games below the West’s eighth seed.

Well, yeah. The Knicks traded Kristaps Porzingis, Tim Hardaway Jr., Courtney Lee and Trey Burke to the Mavericks for Dennis Smith Jr., Wesley Matthews (bought-out, signed with Indiana), DeAndre Jordan, and two future first-round picks.

In doing so, they created room for two max free agents. KD and Kyrie to NYC, confirmed.

7. These players changed teams

8. Joe Harris became the best shooter in the world

Steph Curry let a Starbucks barista beat him in the 3-point shootout. Couldn’t be my MVP.

9. Anthony Davis fell out of love with New Orleans

Davis informed the Pelicans he would not be signing a contract extension with them and requested to be traded — preferably to the Lakers, Bucks, Knicks, or Clippers. It started a whole saga between the Lakers and Pelicans, whose trade discussions were being aired out on social media.

The Pelicans opted not to trade Davis to the Lakers at the deadline, even though Los Angeles reportedly offered everything imaginable: Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma, Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart, Michael Beasley, Rajon Rondo, Lance Stephenson, future first- and second-round picks. They even would have taken back Solomon Hill’s awful contract.

New Orleans didn’t bite, then fired general manager Dell Demps. Will they ever see a deal that good for Davis, again? Only Boston will tell.

10. Oh yeah, and the Knicks won again

They beat the Spurs on Sunday night, with Dennis Smith Jr. capping the win by throwing this oop off the glass for Mitchell Robinson:

Smith also almost obliterated Davis Bertans:

The streak is over, Knicks fans. To the ping pong balls you go.

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