On an emotional night at Oracle Arena, the Golden State Warriors were able to cruise by the New York Knicks with an easy 103-90 win, increasing their league best record to 23-4.
The night started with Steve Kerr addressing Oracle arena with a moving speech in honor of beloved sports broadcaster Craig Sager, who passed away earlier in the day. Kerr recalled Sager’s “zest for life and passion and joy.” At the end of Kerr’s speech, instead of asking the crowd to participate in a moment of silence, he said he felt it was more appropriate to have a moment of joy instead and Oracle arena joined together for a round of applause to celebrate Sager’s life.
As for the game, the Knicks weren’t able to offer much resistance to the high flying Warriors offense. The Warriors seemingly won the game with ease as they posted an unreal 41 total assists on their way to their fifth straight win. Klay Thompson had a game high 25 points and Kevin Durant finished just shy of a triple-double ending the night with 15 points, a game high 14 rebounds and 8 assists. With the injury to Zaza Pachulia, JaVale McGee got the rare start and made most of it ending the game 17 points. Steph Curry struggled in the game, scoring a season-low 8 points after shooting just 3 of 14 from the field but the Warriors abundant supply of super starts allows an off-night to be acceptable once in a while.
The New York Knicks missing two of their star players, Carmelo Anthony (bruised right shoulder), and Derrick Rose (sore lower back), had to rely on some of their reserves to put up points. Justin Holiday (15 points) and Ron Baker (13 points) were the Knicks highest scorers but their efforts weren’t nearly enough as the Warriors had answers for every bit of offense they were able to generate. With 1 game left on their on their western road trip, the Knicks look to rebound from this loss with a win against the Denver Nuggets tomorrow night and finish their road trip with a 3-2 record after losing their last 2 games.