NBA Game Summary - New York at Golden State
(Wednesday, February 14th)
Final Score: Golden State 120, New York 101
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 a 16-6 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 to 41-27.
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 scoring.
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.
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