Splash Brothers Light Up MSG, Warriors Dismantle the Knicks 126-103
All Star Stephen Curry and running mate Klay Thompson electrified the New York crowd, and led the Warriors to a dominating 126-103 victory over the reeling New York Knicks.
Just one year ago, Curry was thrust into the national spotlight with his phenomenal 54-point explosion.
On Friday night, Stephen Curry again lit up the MSG crowd and led the Warrior charge with his third triple-double of the season by posting 27 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists. Klay Thompson added 25 points on 9-of-17 shooting from the floor.
The Warriors offense was off and running right from the opening tip. The Warriors were able to use their up tempo style and built a 73-52 halftime advantage over the struggling Knicks.
The Warriors continued their dominance in the 2nd half, and upped their lead to as high as 27 points in the 3rd quarter. Due to the substantial lead, the Warriors were able to rest all of their starters for the entire 4th quarter, and coasted to the 23-point victory.
The 4th quarter became a little chippy between both teams as Knicks Center Tyson Chandler started to get overly physical with Warriors Forward Marreese Speights. Both players kept going at each other back and forth; this led to Chandler not being able to keep his composure and he was ejected from the game.
Carmelo Anthony was able to score 23 points and grab 16 rebounds in the 5th straight loss for the hapless Knicks.
The Warriors record on the road grew to 18-13, and has a 5-1 record since the All-Star break. The next game for the Warriors is an afternoon matchup at 1PM PT against All Star DeMar DeRozan and the upstart Toronto Raptors.
Notes: Stephen Curry’s third triple-double places him in 2nd place behind Pacers forward Lance Stephenson for the league lead…. New NBA commissioner Adam Silver was in attendance at the game…. The Knicks played highlights of Warriors coach Mark Jackson as a member of the Knicks and St. Johns as a tribute in the first half over the Jumbotron…. The Warriors are currently 6th in the Western Conference Playoff standings.by