Former guard's career-best adds further sting to horrid night for Golden State Warriors

New York Knicks v Indiana Pacers
New York Knicks v Indiana Pacers / Andy Lyons/GettyImages

While the Golden State Warriors suffered their third consecutive loss on Saturday night, one of their former players was busy notching a career-high in a huge outing for the New York Knicks.

Despite a 140-126 loss to the Indiana Pacers, former Warrior Donte DiVincenzo tallied a mammoth 38 points that came on an incredibly efficient 15-of-21 shooting including 7-of-11 from three-point range.

Donte DiVicenzo is proving the Golden State Warriors may not have got the very best from the 26-year-old last season

After the Knicks pulled a seismic trade for Toronto Raptors' forward O.G. Anunoby earlier in the day, DiVincenzo took advantage of the extra opportunity in New York's first game without the outgoing R.J.Barrett and Immanuel Quickley.

Along with his 38 points, DiVincenzo also added six rebounds, two assists, four steals and a block in 36 minutes. His scoring output included 23 second-half points, coming despite a dominant third-quarter from the Pacers that proved the difference in the game.

The 2021 NBA champion had an impressive lone season with Golden State, allowing him to garner and sign a four-year, $46.9 million contract with New York as a free agent last offseason.

While he was very good for the Warriors, DiVincenzo came nowhere near his 38-point display for the Knicks on Saturday night. His best scoring performance for the Warriors came on January 13 this year against the San Antonio Spurs, with his 22 points coming on 7-of-17 shooting.

DiVincenzo also had a 21-point game on 8-of-11 shooting against the Portland Trail Blazers last season, and another 21 on 7-of-13 shooting against the Minnesota Timberwolves. However, three of his top four scoring games have now come for the Knicks so far this season.

Saturday was the second time DiVincenzo had made seven threes in his career, with the other having come in his previous career-high 25 points for New York in a game against the Charlotte Hornets on November 18.