Warriors down Knicks 111-101 behind Splash Brothers

BY DANIEL GLUSKOTER

The Warriors returned to the winning column with an efficient 111-101 win over the New York Knicks Friday night at Chase Center.

Golden State jumped out to a 35-19 first quarter lead and never looked back, leading by as many as 22 points in their seventh win in eight home games. Klay Thompson got off to a hot start with 11 points in the first quarter to help set the tone as the Warriors never trailed after the Knicks scored the first basket of the game.

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Jordan Poole puts up a shot over the Knicks Jalen Brunson during the Warriors 111-101 win over New York Friday night at Chase Center.

Steph Curry scored a game high 24 (9-19) with five three’s along with 10 assists and six rebounds to lead the way while Thompson continued to show signs of breaking out of his shooting slump as he finished with 20 points while going 8-16 from the field.

“It seemed like every time Klay just made an extra pass the ball started to move and then we got a wide-open shot, Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. We ended up with 32 assists (New York had 16). So it started early on Klay taking a more patient approach. I thought he was great and then the game rewarded him. He made some big shots down the stretch and I just thought the quality of his attempts were much better tonight.”

Andrew Wiggins added 20 points and seven rebounds while Draymond Green provided 10 points, nine rebounds and seven assists to go along with two blocked shots. Golden State also received solid contributions off the bench from Jordan Poole (13) and JaMychal Green (12).

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New York’s Derrick Rose drives to the basket around Golden State’s JaMychal Green during the Warriors 111-101 win over the Knicks.

Julius Randle led the Knicks with 20 points and seven rebounds while RJ Barrett added 18, but New York finished the game shooting an ice cold 34.5% from the field.

The Warriors focus now returns to a Sunday evening game in Houston, hoping to break their season opening eight game losing streak on the road against the 3-13 Rockets.

“I’m actually much more interested in why we’re not playing well on the road than why were are playing well at home,” Kerr said. ”I expect to play well at home. We’ve got a good record here over the years and good players, great fans. No reason we shouldn’t control our home court. But we got to start putting it together on the road, too.”

GAME NOTES:

Golden State grabbed a season-high 51 rebounds.

The Warriors snapped a three-game home-losing streak to the Knicks .

Curry extended his NBA-record 3-point streak to 204 consecutive regular season games.

About Daniel Gluskoter

Daniel Gluskoter is the Martinez Tribune's national music and sports editor and a Bay Area photojournalist who's work has been featured in Rolling Stone, Time Magazine and Sports Illustrated. He covered the 2008 Presidential campaign as a correspondent for United Press International and has travelled worldwide covering events ranging from numerous Super Bowls and Olympics to Live Aid and the Grammys.

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