The Golden State Warriors fell to the New York Knicks Sunday night 89-84 in what was a game were both teams struggled shooting the basketball.
The Warriors were again without the services of David Lee and Andrew Bogut due to injuries and had to go with Marreese Speights and Jermaine O’ neal as their starting Power Forward/ Center combination.
In the first quarter the Warriors came out strong as they quickly built up a 12 point lead and ended the quarter with a 32-22 advantage, the Warriors shot 53% in that quarter as well but after that, baskets were tough to come by. The second quarter might have been one of the worst quarters played at home by the Warriors, once the bench came in the Knicks started creating big scoring runs. The Knicks compiled a 34 point fourth quarter while the Warriors only managed to score 12 lowly points and just like that it was 56-44 going into halftime, the second quarter was pretty much the ball game right there, as the Warriors outplayed the Knicks in every other quarter.
Knicks guard J.R Smith caught fire and had 19 points in the first half. To make matters worse the Knicks managed to score 34 points without even taking a single free throw attempt in that second quarter and also did it with their superstar Carmelo Anthony sitting most of the first half with foul trouble.
The only bright spot in the game for the Warriors was Stephen Curry, Curry had 32 points on the game, including going 6-12 from three point range. Curry hit a game tying three pointer late in the 4th quarter but missed a crucial three when the Warriors were down 87-84, and then turned it over on Golden State’s final possession. The other Warriors however struggled mightily, Klay Thompson managed to only go 6-18 from the field, including 3-11 from three point land. The entire Warriors team, aside from Steph Curry managed to shoot 18-58 (31%) from the field.
It was a much needed win for the struggling New York Knicks (31-43), as they have managed to pull themselves within one game of the Atlanta Hawks for possession of the eighth seed in the weak Eastern Conference, as they are still currently on the outside looking in at the 9th spot.
The Golden State Warriors however, again fall to another Eastern Conference team as their record now goes to 9-6 at home against such opponents. The Warriors desperately need to get their front-court healthy as David Lee is still nursing a hamstring injury and Bogut is dealing with a pelvic contusion that he suffered Friday night against the Memphis Grizzles. The Warriors now move to 45-28 and drop another full game in back of the 5th seeded Portland Trailblazers as they took care of business at home vs the Grizzles 105-98.
The Warriors have to quickly turn it around as they face off against the 8th seeded Dallas Mavericks Tuesday night in Dallas. The Mavericks now maintain possession of the 8th seed due to the Grizzles loss to the Trailblazers and will certainly have no intention of giving that spot back.
The Western Conference is crazy inst it?