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Warriors Offense Struggles in Loss to Knicks

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Facing one of the league’s top defenses on the back end of a back-to-back, the Warriors couldn’t find a consistent rhythm in Thursday’s 119-104 loss to the Knicks at Chase Center.

The Warriors shot 38 percent from the floor and made just nine of their 38 3-point attempts, while New York was sharper all-around from the opening tip.



Points Rebounds Assists
Curry – 30 Wiggins – 9 Green – 8
Wiggins – 17 Wiseman – 8 Curry – 4
Wiseman – 15 Oubre – 6 Mannion – 4


Points Rebounds Assists
Barrett – 28 Randle – 17 Randle – 9
Robinson – 18 Noel – 10 Payton – 5
Randle – 16 Robinson – 8 Barrett – 5

Stephen Curry made five of those treys, bringing him within three of Hall of Famer Reggie Miller (2,560), who remains second on the NBA’s all-time made 3-pointers list. Curry led the Warriors with 30 points, scoring 20 of those in the first half.

If there was a turning point in the game, it happened at the 1:04 mark in the second quarter when Draymond Green was ejected after receiving his second technical foul. While replays showed Green was yelling at a teammate, Head Coach Steve Kerr was unable to challenge the call, and the Warriors had to play the second half without their playmaking defensive stalwart.

Green tallied eight assists before his ejection, and the Warriors’ offense struggled in his absence in the second half. The Dubs, who trailed by six at halftime, saw their deficit grow to as much as 19 in the fourth quarter, a fact that the Knicks’ stingy defense had plenty to do with. New York blocked nine Warriors shot attempts, including five by reserve center Nerlens Noel, and limited the Dubs to seven fast-break points.

Second-year wing RJ Barrett led New York with a career-high 28 points and Julius Randle came an assist shy of a triple-double (16 points, 17 rebounds), as the Knicks never trailed after putting up 40 points in the first quarter.

Andrew Wiggins made his first five shots and finished with 17 points, rookie James Wiseman had 15 and Eric Paschall tallied 12 points off the bench, and in the process surpassed 1,000 career points. Also of note, Nico Mannion saw his first game action since Jan. 4, scoring his first point of his career with a free throw late in the fourth quarter.

The loss drops the Warriors to 8-7 on the season and kept the Dubs from reaching their first three-game winning streak of the season. They’ll look to get back on track when they visit the Jazz on Saturday in a game that has been rescheduled to begin 6 p.m. (PST).




More Notables …

  • Golden State improved to 7-6 this season (.538) and 3-3 on the road… Golden State has overcome a double-digit deficit in all three road wins this season (10 at Chicago, 12 at Detroit and 19 tonight)
  • The Warriors overcame a 19-point deficit, taking their first lead of the game on a Draymond Green layup with 2:40 to play… It marked Golden State’s second-biggest comeback of the season, behind only a 22-point comeback on January 8 vs. the Clippers.
  • The Warriors moved to 3-0 in games decided by two points or fewer this season.
  • The Warriors appeared in their 20th Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the last 21 years (2012 was the exception)… The Warriors are now 19-10 (.655) on MLK Jr. Day since the holiday was first observed nationally in 1986.
  • Golden State dished out 31 assists, their third 30-assist game of the season (3-0 in those games).
  • The Warriors improved to 4-0 this season when shooting at least 50 percent from the field (.506 tonight).
  • Stephen Curry, who appeared in his 712th game to pass Alvin Attles (711) for the fifth most regular season games played in Warriors history, finished with a game-high 26 points to go with seven assists… Curry hit three three-pointers and is now 12 threes shy of tying Reggie Miller for second place on the NBA’s all-time three-point field goals list.
  • Kelly Oubre Jr. scored a season-high 23 points, his first 20-point game of the season (48th career), hitting 9-of-18 from the field.
  • Draymond Green tallied seven points, eight rebounds and nine assists, giving him 2,917 career assists to pass Jeff Mullins (2,913) for sixth place on the Warriors’ all-time regular season assists list.
  • Andrew Wiggins finished with 18 points on 7-of-11 from the field (3-of-5 from three) and is one of only two Warriors to score in double figures in every game this season (along with Curry).

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