By Charlie Widdoes (Twitter)
KNICKS 89, WARRIORS 84 | ORACLE ARENA
How it Happened:
After a frustrating loss in Phoenix on Friday, the Knicks bounced back tonight to pull out a win in Oakland and keep their playoff hopes alive. It was a gritty effort, in which they responded to a slow start by rallying back and hanging on for the victory.
The Warriors jumped out to a hot start, leading 32-22 after one quarter. But after that, it was all Knicks, especially on the defensive end.
Behind a wave of energy from the second unit, New York turned a 12-point deficit in the 2nd quarter into a 12-point advantage with a 15-0 run going into halftime. J.R. Smith exploded for 19 points in the first half and Tim Hardaway Jr. came off the bench to score nine points in the 2nd quarter alone.
After halftime, New York kept the pressure on and managed to limit the damage beyond Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, who combined to score 47. With Carmelo Anthony (19 points, nine rebounds and three assists) limited to 34 minutes because of foul trouble, his teammates stepped up and held the Warriors to 35 percent shooting for the game.
Knick of the Night:
J.R. Smith keyed the Knicks' big run in the 2nd quarter, playing alongside Hardaway and Iman Shumpert to form a dynamic lineup that Golden State had trouble containing.
The Knicks, now one game behind Atlanta for the East's final playoff spot, conclude this five-game road trip in Utah on Monday night.