Warriors defeat Knicks with teamwork

Fri Dec 16, 2016 1:42am EST
 
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(The Sports Xchange) - The Golden State Warriors passed circles around the New York Knicks on Thursday night, assisting on their first 36 baskets over 35 minutes in a 103-90 victory over the undermanned Eastern Conference squad.

Klay Thompson had a game-high 25 points and JaVale McGee dropped in 17 in a rare start, helping Golden State improve to 7-0 against Eastern teams this season with a fifth straight win over the Knicks.

The Warriors recorded assists on every basket until the string broken late in the third period by a driving hoop by reserve guard Ian Clark.

The 41 total assists gave Golden State (23-4) at least 30 in 19 of their 27 games this season. No other NBA team has reached 30 more than four times.

The Warriors topped 40 assists three times this season, becoming the first team to do so since the 1996-97 Chicago Bulls.

Kevin Durant (eight), Stephen Curry (eight) and Draymond Green (seven) led the assist barrage against the Knicks team that was without Carmelo Anthony (bruised right shoulder) and Derrick Rose (sore lower back).

Durant nearly recorded a triple-double with 15 points and a game-high 14 rebounds to go with his eight assists.

Green grabbed 11 rebounds and totaled only five points.

Curry finished with a season-low eight points, but found time for 10 rebounds.   Continued...

 
December 15, 2016; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) shoots the basketball against New York Knicks guard Brandon Jennings (3) during the third quarter at Oracle Arena. The Warriors defeated the Knicks 103-90. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports