Written by William Lee
Both the Golden State Warriors and the New York Knicks entered Friday night’s game with a bad taste in their mouth, suffering huge defeats in their previous game. Golden State lost to Chicago 103-83 Wednesday night, while New York got humiliated by the defending Champions Miami Heat 108-82 the night before.
New York would continue their humiliating play on Friday. The Warriors jumped on the Knicks early in the game, going on a 10-0 run early in the first quarter. The run gave Golden State a 15-6 lead with 7:30 remaining in the first quarter, the Warriors would continue their onslaught in the period, finishing the quarter with 38 points. By the end of the first quarter it was 38-27, with the Warriors shooting 56% from the field, converting on five three-pointers.
New York went on a 9-2 run early in the second quarter, to cut the deficit into single digits 48-39. In a blink of an eye, any hope the Knicks had of coming back disappeared with the Warriors going on a 25-13 run to end the second quarter. By the end of the first half the Warriors were ahead 73-52, the 73 points were the most points New York had given up in the first half. The Madison Square Garden crowd booed their home team off the court. Many more cascade of boos would continue to serenade the Knicks throughout the night, and deserving so.
By the first half Golden State had already reached their three-pointers made per game converting on 9-for-19 attempts. The Warriors are fifth in the league with three-point field goals made a game with 9.1 per game. The Warriors would finish the game with 14 made from beyond the arc.
The game was essentially over by half time, and the Warriors stomp on the Knicks’ throat in the third quarter, crushing any hope of an comeback. Stephen Curry collected a triple double in three periods of play. Curry finished the game with 27 points 11 rebounds 11 assists, and converted on five three-pointers. Klay Thompson matched his “Splash Brother” backcourt-mate with five three-point field goals of his own, finishing the game with 25 points. No Golden State starters played any minutes in the fourth quarter, as Mike Woodson kept the Knicks’ starters in trying to make a comeback in final period of play. New York gave up 99 points by the end of the third quarter.
The liveliest thing that happened after half time was when Tyson Chandler shoved Marreese Speights out of frustration and would get ejected out of the game. Chandler’s emotional reactions usually get overlooked, especially when he was the defensive anchor of the 2011 NBA Champion Dallas Mavericks. When he was in a winning culture and a prospering team, his emotional reactions was called intensity. Now that he is on losing lost cause season, his emotional responses are characterized as silly, and foolish. But it is just Tyson Chandler being Tyson Chandler, and you can look at situation half full, or half empty.
Chandler watched the rest of the game in the locker room, watching his Knicks teammates fall to the Warriors 126-103. The same team that defeated the Warriors by 20 points, whom defeated the Knicks by 23 points tonight, will be awaiting the Knicks in a Sunday matinee game. The Chicago Bulls are the second best defensive team in the league, giving up only 92.3 points per game.