The Golden State Warriors followed up an impressive win over the Grizzlies with an inexplicable 89-84 loss to the New York Knicks on Sunday night.
The Warriors imploded in the second quarter, scoring just 12 points while allowing the Knicks to put up 34 and take a 56-44 lead into halftime, erasing the 10-point lead the Warriors owned at the end of the first quarter. New York closed the second quarter on a 12-0 run, a quarter that saw them fully exploit the Warriors’ second unit.
Stephen Curry, who had a game-high 32 points, led the Warriors back, as they managed to tie the game at 81-81 with 2:42 remaining in the fourth, but the Knicks finished strong. The Warriors’ last chance came and went as Curry’s pass to Draymond Green went off of Green’s fingers with the Warriors down by three in the closing seconds.
But ultimately, the game was not lost in the fourth quarter. It was the lackadaisical, incomprehensible performance in the second quarter that put the Warriors behind the eight ball and led to one of the worst home losses of the season.
J.R. Smith scored 21 points to pace the Knicks, while Carmelo Anthony had 19, including a clutch basket that put the Knicks up by four late in the game. For the Warriors, Curry barely received any help, as Klay Thompson (15 points) and Andre Iguodala (12 points) were the only other Warriors to score in double-digits.
Tale of the Tape
- Field-goal percentage: 35.4% (28-79)
- Three-point percentage: 32.3% (10-31)
- Rebounds: 46
- Assists: 14
- Turnovers: 10
- Bench points: 13
- Field-goal percentage: 40.0% (32-80)
- Three-point percentage: 36.0% (9-25)
- Rebounds: 40
- Assists: 15
- Turnovers: 9
- Bench points: 26
Good to Know
Warriors suffer just their 4th loss this year when holding an opponent below 90 points, dropping to 17-4 in those games with an 89-84 defeat
— GSWStats (@gswstats) March 31, 2014
What’s on Tap
The Warriors’ face a daunting road back-to-back in Dallas and San Antonio. They play the Mavericks on Tuesday and the Spurs on Wednesday.