Jackson, Warriors dump Knicks
Oakland, CA (Sports Network) – Stephen Jackson tied a season-high with 36
points and dished out eight assists, as the Golden State Warriors pounded the
New York Knicks, 120-101, at ORACLE Arena.
Monta Ellis had 23 points and seven assists while Al Harrington added 17
points, nine boards and six assists for the Warriors, who snapped a two game
losing streak before Sunday’s All-Star game. Kelenna Azubuike chipped in 15
points and grabbed seven boards in the win, Golden State’s fourth straight
over the Knicks.
Nate Robinson poured in a season-best 23 points while Eddy Curry, Renaldo
Balkman and David Lee each netted 13 points for the Knicks, who have lost two
of their last three contests heading into the All-Star break. Lee snatched 10
rebounds and Balkman pulled down seven.
“Our concentration wasn’t there,” said New York head coach Isiah Thomas. “We
looked like a very tired team. They (Golden State) were sharp. They were
crisp. Before the game I was a little afraid of this game, but we’ll just put
it behind us and move on.”
Quentin Richardson’s three-pointer brought the Knicks within 14-13, but the
Warriors closed the first quarter with an 18-6 run, which began with Ellis’
jumper. After a Harrington trey, Jackson netted seven straight and Azubuike’s
fadeaway capped the streak for a 30-19 lead.
New York’s defense continued to struggle in the second as Golden State tallied
11 of the first 19 points, highlighted by Jackson’s three, extending the lead
Curry’s dunk cut the deficit to 11, 45-34, but the Warriors reeled off 11
unanswered points, upping the margin to 56-34, as the Knicks went 4:46 without
With nearly a minute remaining in the half Adonal Foyle blocked Richardson
from behind and then made incidental contact with the forward after the play.
Richardson hit the floor and then went ballistic that no foul was called. He
was quickly given two technicals before getting an escort to the locker room.
Golden State held a commanding 62-38 advantage after the opening 24 minutes of
play. New York had 12 turnovers in the first half after committing only 11
against the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday.
Jackson’s reverse layup ballooned the lead to 86-55 with under five minutes to
play in the third, but New York then made a rally to get back in the game. The
Knicks went on a 44-17 streak, spanning the third and fourth quarters, to get
as close as nine.
Balkman’s three-point play narrowed the gap to 90-72 and his slam moments
later brought New York within 92-78 heading into the final frame.
Robinson, who had 17 during the run, kept the momentum going with a three,
pulling the Knicks within 100-91 with less than seven minutes remaining, but
that was as close as they would get.
The Warriors put the game away by responding with a 14-2 burst.
New York’s 31-point deficit was its largest of the season…Richardson ended
with 10 points and six rebounds…The Warriors shot 60 percent from the floor,
including 11-of-21 from long distance, while New York connected on 43 percent
of its shots from the field.