NEW YORK, Oct. 9 (AP) -- Bruce Bowen hit two 3-pointers and Steve Smith added another during a 13-0 third-quarter run that brought out the boobirds at Madison Square Garden as the San Antonio Spurs beat the Knicks 84-71 Tuesday night.

Tim Duncan tries to get a piece of Othella Harrington's jumper.
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Bowen and Smith, who joined the Spurs in the offseason, were both in the starting lineup for San Antonio. The Spurs went ahead for good with a 15-4 run in the second quarter and were ahead by 20 midway through the third.

Tim Duncan, Bowen and Malik Rose each had 10 points to lead San Antonio.

The Knicks were without Marcus Camby, who sat out because of plantar fasciitis in his left foot.

"It's not full-blown yet, so we're trying to nip it in the bud," Camby said.

Latrell Sprewell scored 20, including 19 in the first half, but the Knicks got little from anyone else. Kurt Thomas started at center and missed his first 10 shots, while newcomers Shandon Anderson, Howard Eisley and Clarence Weatherspoon all struggled.

Anderson shot 2-for-7 for nine points with three turnovers, Eisley was 1-for-6 and Weatherspoon was 2-for-9. None of those three, however, had quite as bad a night as Travis Knight -- four fouls in four minutes.

Mark Jackson started at point guard for New York, with Charlie Ward coming off the bench first as a backup. Eisley spent time at both shooting guard and point guard.

The Knicks shot just 31 percent from the field, while the Spurs weren't much better at 35 percent.