NBA Game Summary - New York at Golden State
(Tuesday, February 10th)
Final Score: Golden State 144, New York 127
Oakland, CA (Sports Network) - Stephen Jackson posted 35 points, six rebounds and 10 assists, as the Golden State Warriors scored their most points in 15 years in a 144-127 blowout of the New York Knicks.
Kelenna Azubuike had 22 points and 10 boards for the Warriors, who have won back-to-back contests for the first time since January 16 and 19 with respective wins over Atlanta and Washington.
This was the most points the Warriors scored ever against the Knicks, with the previous mark of 143 coming November 2, 1962. It's also the most points for the Warriors since they won, 146-109, against Minnesota on April 1, 1994.
Jamal Crawford added 21 points against his former team, while Monta Ellis tallied 17 points for Golden State, which had eight players in double figures.
"Our offense was clicking, we had them in a bind on a play and basically ran it about 30 straight times," said Warriors coach Don Nelson. "Until they stopped us we were going to continue to run it and they never stopped it."
David Lee had 27 points and 11 rebounds for the Knicks, who lost their fifth straight contest. Ex-Warrior Al Harrington, who was traded to the Knicks in November for Crawford, ended with 24 points and nine rebounds.
"Everybody knew Al was going to come back with something on his mind," said Jackson. "He's still a great scorer, a great player and definitely difficult to guard. But in the second half we paid more attention to him, didn't give him as many open shots, and we were able to slow him down."
The Knicks snapped a two-game skid to the Warriors with a high-flying 138-125 win at Madison Square Garden on November 29. However, New York has now lost in each of its last seven trips to the Bay Area.
Knicks forward Tim Thomas left the game with a sore left groin.
The Warriors broke open a close game late in the third quarter with six straight points for a 101-89 advantage. Ellis' bucket culminated the run and it was 105-95 heading to the fourth.
That's when the Knicks fell apart defensively, as the Warriors began the period on an 8-2 run. Later, Jackson's jumper moved the lead to 125-104 at the midway point, essentially sealing the win. He had 13 points in the last quarter.
"They're running the same plays and stuff, it's just a different team because they don't have a big man out there," said Harrington. "Obviously it makes them a lot quicker and a lot more dangerous."
Azubuike's three-point play started a 12-2 run for the Warriors, as they expanded to a 36-21 lead with just under two minutes left in the opening quarter. Ronny Turiaf's bucket capped the flurry, and the hosts carried a 41-29 cushion into the second.
The Knicks used a late push to grab a 64-63 lead just before the half following a three-pointer from Harrington, but Jackson came back with a jumper, though the teams went to the locker room deadlocked at 65.
New York is 0-2 on a three-game west coast trip, which concludes Wednesday against the Los Angeles Clippers...Golden State has won three in a row at home and will next play Thursday at ORACLE Arena against Portland. This was the second installment of a five-game homestand for the Warriors...Corey Maggette added 16 points, Anthony Randolph 12, C.J. Watson 11 and Turiaf 10 for the Warriors who shot 12-of-22 from three-point range and went 55.3 percent overall from the field...The Knicks shot 54.4 percent.
02/11 03:03:06 ET