The New York Knicks welcomed the Golden State Warriors and their 39-9 record, which is tops in the Western Conference, to the Madison Square Garden in a showdown between the best in the West against the worst in the East.
The Warriors have an All-Star backcourt in Stephen Curry and Klay Thomson that will both be playing in New York for the All-Star game next weekend. They're also coming off back to back weeks of both Steph and Klay exploding for over 50 points on separate nights.
As if the Knicks chances couldn't be any worse, they announce All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony would not play tonight and will instead sport a suit on the sidelines. But Amar'e Stoudemire, on back to back nights, would indeed play. Coach Derick Fisher told reporters Amar'e came to him and the coaching staff right after last night's loss and informed them he would be available for tonight's game.
The first half was mainly a blowout for the Knicks when they allowed 64 points by halftime. However, Steph Curry and Klay Thomson did not have a great game up to their expectations. Steph scored 22 points and grabbed six rebounds but did not record a single assist. Klay chipped in with 16 points, but it was mostly the other guys on the team that helped both All-Stars win the game.
Six players scored double-figures. Draymond Green led all scorers with 22 points and also had a big double-double with 13 rebounds. David Lee came off the bench to contribute a double-double of his own, going with 10 and 10. Lee, a former first-round pick of the New York Knicks in 2005, is trying to find success now as a role player off the bench but said he was happy because they are winning games.
The New York Knicks did make the game more interesting in the fourth quarter when they went on a 16-0 run behind a couple three-point shots from Tim Hardaway Jr. and Langston Galloway. The Knicks cut the lead to five until Warriors coach Steve Kerr inserted Curry into the ball game with a little over seven minutes to go. Curry hit two big three-point shots, and it helped to ice the game later on in the fourth quarter.
Rookie Langston Galloway led the Knicks in scoring with 15 points. The Knicks also played with a team effort tonight, as six players scored double-figures. The Knicks had three players that came off the bench to score double-figures, as Tim Hardaway Jr. had 10 points, Amar'e Stoudemire with 13 points, and Shane Larkin with 11 points. Jason Smith posted a double-double as well with 14 points and 13 rebounds. The Knicks came up short in the end and fell, 106-92.
The Golden State Warriors continue their road trip in Philadelphia when they take on the 76ers Monday night at 7 pm Eastern Time.
The New York Knicks head to South beach to face the Miami Heat Monday night at 7:30 pm Eastern Time.