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Rapid Reaction: Warriors 92, Knicks 63

3/12/2013

WHAT IT MEANS: The Golden State Warriors, with their run-and-gun style, ran the New York Knicks completely out of Oracle Arena on Monday night, as the 'Bockers scored a season low in a 92-63 loss.

And this is just the start of the Knicks' five-game road trip, during which their next four opponents -- the Denver Nuggets, Portland Trail Blazers, Los Angeles Clippers and Utah Jazz -- all play similarly to Golden State.

While Carmelo Anthony returned on Monday after missing three games, he was clearly still battling through right knee stiffness. He finished 4-for-15 from the field for 14 points and 10 rebounds. Amar'e Stoudemire, who had a right knee debridement earlier in the day, was not around to provide his 14.2 points per game.

The Knicks collectively shot just 27.4 percent from the field -- their worst single-game mark of the season. In fact, in the first seven minutes of the third quarter, they only made two shots.

Inside the blowout: Here are five keys:

1. The Knicks hit just 18.5 percent from 3-point range (5-for-27). It was their third-worst showing of the season.

2. Where was the ball movement and efficiency? The Knicks only had 12 assists -- tied for third-worst of the season -- and 13 turnovers.

3. Where was Raymond Felton after halftime? In the first half, the point guard had nine points, three assists, four rebounds and one steal, but had only one of each in the second.

4. And Steve Novak? Two nights after shooting 5-for-10 from downtown, the sharpshooter was 0-for-4 on Monday night.

5. Sayonara, Smith. While the team lost its composure in the third quarter, being outscored 25-19, sixth man J.R. Smith was called for a flagrant foul 2 in the third quarter after a hard foul on Harrison Barnes. That meant an immediate ejection. In 21 minutes, Smith had nine points on just 3-for-11 shooting.

COPEACABANA: At least Chris Copeland showed some life for the Knicks in the second half. In his usual quick-scoring way, he put up 15 points (3-for-5 from downtown) in just 18 minutes. He also made a heads-up pass off a pick and roll, finding Kenyon Martin slashing from the baseline corner, who drew a foul on a dunk attempt. However, Copeland was sloppy with his passing; he had four turnovers.

What's next: It only gets more difficult for the Knicks on Wednesday night at 10:30 ET. The Nuggets are 28-3 at the Pepsi Center -- tied for the best home record in the league.

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