The Golden State Warriors won convincingly against the New York Knicks, blowing them out 126-103 on the road in Madison Square Garden on Friday night.
They avoided a losing streak and improved their record to 36-23. This win moved them up to the sixth seed in the Western Conference Standings.
Stephen Curry took over the game in his return to the Madison Square Garden. He was unable to mimic last year’s 54 point performance, but he notched his third triple-double of the season (27 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists). Curry earned the triple-double with a rebound late in the third quarter. He and the rest of the starters sat out the entire fourth quarter. Curry is only the 5th player since 1968 to record a triple-double and 50 point game at Madison Square Garden.
Andrew Bogut got into foul trouble early in the game, but Jrmaine O’Neal filled in for Bogut with huge plays. He continued his “fountain of youth” stretch and ended the game with 15 points and six rebounds. Klay Thompson also played well by scoring 25 points on 9-of-17 shooting.
The game got physical late in the fourth. Knicks’ center, Tyson Chandler, and Marreese Speights got into a shoving competition that resulted in a double technical. Later on, Chandler gave Speights a hard foul and resulted in him being ejected. Speights, who got the last laugh, scored 12 points in just 10 minutes.
As a unit, the Warriors continued to display their elite defense. They held the Knicks to 36 of 95 (37.9%) shooting and forced 17 turnovers. They also contained Carmelo Anthony to shooting only 7 of 26 from the field (26.9%). On the offensive side, the Warriors posted a season-high 126 points. Also, five players ended the game in double figures.
The Warriors continue their road trip up north and across the border. They will travel to Toronto to face the Toronto Raptors on Sunday, 1 PM PST.