The Golden State Warriors got exactly the kind of game that they needed on Monday night. With the New York Knicks (38-23) in town, the Warriors (36-29) got off to a hot start and ran away with the game in the second and third quarters, winning 92-63 and holding the Knicks to an NBA season-low 27 percent shooting on the night. New York’s dismal 63 points were the fewest allowed by a Golden State team in the shot clock era.
It was an ugly game that saw Knicks guard J.R. Smith get ejected in the third quarter due to a flagrant foul on Harrison Barnes. Official Joey Crawford was quick to pull the trigger on Smith, given his history and the Warriors 24 point lead.
The Warriors, who desperately missed their big men David Lee and Andrew Bogut last month in New York, out-rebounded the Knicks 59-42 on Monday night. Lee and Bogut combined for 21 of those rebounds. They were also able to hold Knicks center Tyson Chandler to just eight rebounds.
In the previous meeting, Chandler grabbed a career-high 28 rebounds in route to a 109-105 victory over the Warriors. Steph Curry also scored a career-high 54 points and 11 three-pointers in their last meeting. Curry scored 26 points on Monday night, including six more three-pointers.
That’s 80 points and 17 three-pointers in two games against New York this season — you could say that Curry has their number.
Knicks superstar Carmelo Anthony returned from his three-game absence due to a swollen knee, only scoring 14 points on 4-15 shooting. Look for Carmelo to play more inspired basketball on Wednesday as he visits his former Denver Nuggets team for the first time since being traded at last year’s deadline.
Warriors All-Star Lee also returned from a one-game absence due to a knee injury of his own and gave the Warriors the kind of play that they were accustomed to seeing during the first half of the season. Lee nearly missed a triple-double, scoring 21 points, grabbing 10 rebounds, and dishing out eight assists.
Klay Thompson had one of his best games of the season not because of his stats, but his defense, especially on Anthony. He frustrated his opposition all night. Klay scored 23 points and five rebounds.
Mark Jackson was happy to be able to knock off his former team. It was a much-needed victory for his Warriors squad and their push for the playoffs.