Friday, February 28, 2014
Rapid Reaction: Warriors 126, Knicks 103
By Ian Begley
NEW YORK -- Back in November, Knicks owner James Dolan said his team had enough talent to compete for a championship.
We’re not even in March yet, but it seems clear that the Knicks don’t even have enough talent to make the playoffs.
New York was embarrassed on its home floor in a 23-point loss to Golden State. It was the Knicks' second straight loss of at least 20 points.
The defeat left New York a season-high 17 games under .500.
The Knicks have lost eight of nine and are six games out of the eighth seed in the East with 23 games to play.
Stephen Curry led the Warriors with a triple-double (27 points, 11 assists and 11 rebounds). In a sign of just how bad this night was for the Knicks, Curry established the triple-double with three minutes to go in the third. It wasn’t as impressive as his 54-point night at MSG last February, but it was more than enough for Golden State, which improved to 36-23. Klay Thompson added 25 points for the Warriors.
Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks with 23 points and 16 rebounds but missed 19 of his 26 shots. The Knicks shot 38 percent from the floor, had 16 turnovers and were outscored by 14 in the paint.
Tyson loses his cool:Tyson Chandler and Golden State’s Marreese Speights got into it in the fourth quarter. Chandler and Speights got into a shoving match midway through the fourth, drawing double technicals. Chandler then continued to jaw at Speights after Speights hit two jump shots over him. He was then whistled for his second technical and tossed out of the game.
He finished with six points and 12 rebounds but missed 8 of 10 shots.
Smith struggles: Chandler wasn’t the only Knick to have a tough shooting night. J.R. Smith shot 7-for-19 and finished with 17 points. Raymond Felton had eight points and six turnovers in his second game since being arraigned and charged with two weapons-related felonies.
Good to see you, David: Ex-Knick David Lee did most of his damage early on. He had 10 points and six rebounds to help Golden State establish a 21-point halftime lead. Veteran Jermaine O’Neal had 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting.
What’s next: The Knicks will take on the Chicago Bulls on Sunday.