WARRIORS 92 KNICKS 63 | ORACLE ARENA
How it happened:
Despite the return of Carmelo Anthony from a three-game absence, the Knicks faltered on the road in a 92-63 lopsided loss to the Warriors.
Throughout the first period of action both teams went toe-to-toe while New York only trailed by three points.
In the second quarter, the Knicks offense unraveled and the team went ice cold in the balmy Bay Area. New York was outscored 24-12 in the period and the boys in blue only registered 18.2 percent shooting from the floor. Golden State captured a 15-point advantage heading into the locker room at halftime as the Knicks searched for answers.
In his first game back from knee soreness, Anthony scored 14 points in 34 minutes on 4-for-15 shooting from the floor. Regardless of his best efforts, New York’s deficit grew to 27 points in the third quarter. Additionally, J.R. Smith was ejected for a Flagrant 2 foul on Harrison Barnes after the shooting guard scored nine points off the pine.
Smith also started the second half in place of James White as Mike Woodson elected to start Raymond Felton, Iman Shumpert, White, Anthony, and Tyson Chandler tonight in Oakland.
Curry did not duplicate his prolific 54-point outburst from a couple of weeks ago in New York but he managed to do most of his damage in the first half with 17 of his game-high 26 points. Curry’s running mate in the backcourt, Klay Thompson was just as effective with 23 points and four long bombs. In fact, Curry, Thompson, and David Lee combined for 70 of the Warriors 92 points.
The Knicks shooting woes were indicative of a disjointed offensive night, considering the squad connected on 27.4 percent of its field goal attempts. New York dropped to 38-23 on the season as Golden State evened the season series at 1-1.
Knick of the Night:
Chris Copeland received some court time when Smith was ejected in the third frame. The forward scored 15 points in 19 minutes on 5-of-11 shooting in just 19 minutes.
Golden State was scorching hot from downtown by nailing 11-of-20 for 55 percent in the victory. Curry and Thompson hit all 11 of those 3-point attempts.
The Knicks continue the road trip with a flight to Denver following the game tonight. Anthony will face his former team for the first time since the trade from the Nuggets two years ago. Denver and New York will square off on Wednesday night in the Mile High City.