Warriors take control in 3rd, beat Knicks 125-111
NEW YORK (AP) — Klay Thompson scored 26 points and Stephen Curry had 14 of his 21 in the third quarter, when the Golden State Warriors ran another opponent off the floor on their way to a 125-111 victory over the New York Knicks on Monday night.
Kevin Durant added 22 points and nine rebounds for Golden State, which trailed by one at halftime before outscoring New York 39-18 in the third to end things early.
The Warriors improved to 3-0 since the All-Star break and beat the Knicks for the eighth straight time, one shy of their longest winning streak in the series. They won nine straight in 1963-64.
A night shy of the five-year anniversary of Curry’s 54-point Madison Square Garden masterpiece, the Warriors showed how many weapons they have around him now, making 15 3-pointers and putting six players in double figures.
Emmanuel Mudiay scored 23 points and Trey Burke had 18 for the Knicks.
The third quarter has been when the Warriors separate themselves from opponents, having outscored teams by more than 10 points in that period in 21 of their 61 games.
This onslaught started innocently enough, with Draymond Green banking in a 3-pointer. Curry and Thompson followed with much prettier ones, and when JaVale McGee followed with a basket it was an 11-0 start to the second half and a double-digit lead in about 2 ½ minutes.
The highlight show continued from there, with center Zaza Pachulia dribbling behind his back to lead a fast break and Curry converting a four-point play for a 20-point bulge later in the period.
Mudiay had 13 points in the first seven minutes and 14 in the first quarter to lead all scorers and give the Knicks a 39-37 edge.
Warriors: Rookie Jordan Bell returned after missing 14 games with inflammation in his left ankle. He had three points. ... Green’s technical assessed with 1:04 left in the first half of Saturday’s rout against Oklahoma City was rescinded by the NBA on Monday, putting him back at 14 for the season and two away from an automatic suspension.
Knicks: F Michael Beasley received five stitches for a cut on his right eyebrow after he was hit in the second quarter but returned to play in the third. ... New York is off until Friday, when it visits the Los Angeles Clippers to open a four-game road trip.
MAGIC MSG MOMENT
Curry’s 54-point game is still his career high, as he went 11 for 13 from 3-point range. The Knicks ended up winning it though, as Raymond Felton blocked his jumper to lead to J.R. Smith’s tiebreaking basket with 1:10 left in a 109-105 victory. That remains New York’s last home win over Golden State.
CAN’T BE BAD
Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek, on the challenge of defending the Warriors:
“Can’t have any ‘my bads,’” he said. ”‘My bads’ turn into 3-point shots that they knock in.”
Warriors: Visit Washington on Wednesday.
Knicks: Visit the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday.
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