Highlights: Curry, Thompson combine for 52 in win over Knicks
In 30 minutes of action against the Knicks on Friday, Stephen Curry finished with 27 points, 11 assists and 11 rebounds. (AP)
The Warriors needed a feel-good game, and they got one in one of the best possible places for an impressive display: New York.
Playing as if on a mission, the Warriors on Friday eradicated all traces of their previous game, in delivering a 126-103 rout of the reeling Knicks.
Most of the damage was inflicted by guards Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, who combined for 52 points in a game so lopsided the Knicks were sprinkled with boos from the crowd at Madison Square Garden.
While Curry finished with 27 points, 11 assists and 11 rebounds – his third triple-double of the season and fourth of his career – Thompson scored 25 points in 29 minutes.
Jermaine O'Neal added 15 points, while David Lee and Marreese Speights each finished with 10.
The Warriors (36-23) scored 73 points in the first half, the season high for a half this season, and shot 47.8 percent for the game. The 128 points for the game also represents a season high.
The Warriors forced 17 New York turnovers while holding the Knicks (21-38) to 37.9-percent shooting. It was their fifth consecutive loss and their 11th in 13 games.
All in all, this was the perfect tonic for the Warriors in the wake of a 103-83 defeat Thursday night in Chicago.
Though the demolition of the Knicks was a team effort, Curry was the catalyst. He bounced back from conceivably his worst game of the season with a superb effort.
He was so good, so quickly, he sat out the entire fourth quarter, as did Thompson.
Leading 48-39 with 7:30 left in the half, the Warriors went on a 25-13 run to build a 21-point (73-52) first-half lead. Curry, Lee and O'Neal combined to make 9 of 10 shots in the second quarter.
The Warriors led by as much as 27, and Knicks never again got within single digits.
C Festus Ezeli (right knee surgery) and G Nemanja Nedovic (strained left hamstring, right foot inflammation) are out indefinitely.
The Warriors on Saturday head to Toronto, where on Sunday they face the Raptors in a season-series finale matinee (1 p.m. PST). The Warriors won the first game this season, 112-103, in Oakland and have won 11 of the last 13 meetings.