Instant Replay: Klay leads Warriors in rout of shorthanded Knicks

Instant Replay: Klay leads Warriors in rout of shorthanded Knicks


OAKLAND – The Warriors spent Thursday night handing out gifts to themselves, offering practically nothing for the New York Knicks.

Credited with assists in their first 36 baskets, taking the streak deep into the third quarter, the Warriors befuddled a patchwork band of Knicks en route to a 103-90 victory before a sellout crowd (19,596) at Oracle Arena.

Three Warriors scored in double figures, led by Klay Thompson’s 25 points. JaVale McGee put in 17 points and Kevin Durant added 15 as the Warriors methodically but sloppily finished off the Knicks.

The Warriors (23-4) totaled 41 assists – their third game this season with at least 40 – on 45 baskets and shot 46.9 percent from the field.

The Knicks (14-12) were playing without All-Stars Carmelo Anthony and Derrick Rose. Ex-Warrior Justin Holiday scored 15 points to lead New York.


No individual stood out above the others, by design it appeared, so honors go to the player who posted a season-high: McGee.

McGee’s line: 17 points (8-of-10 from the field, 1-of-3 from the line), two rebounds, one assist and one block. Starting at center for Zaza Pachulia, McGee played 16 minutes and was plus-13 for the game.

Durant came within two assists of a triple-double, finishing with 15 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists.

Stephen Curry came within two assists and 2 points of a triple-double, submitting 8 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists.


When New York closed to within five (42-37) on a Kristaps Porzingis jumper with 5:52 left in the first half, the Warriors responded by closing the half on a 17-8 run for a 59-45 lead at the half.

The Knicks trailed by double digits the rest of the game, with Warriors pushing the lead as high as 25 in the second half.


Warriors: C/F David West sustained a right hip contusion and left the game in the third quarter. C Zaza Pachulia (R wrist contusion) was listed as doubtful and ruled out prior to tipoff. C Damian Jones was a healthy inactive.

Knicks: F Carmelo Anthony (R shoulder soreness) and G Derrick Rose (back soreness) were listed as out.


The Warriors return to action Saturday night, when they face the Portland Trail Blazers at Oracle Arena. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:40.

Source: Warriors, Curry aiming for Friday return


Source: Warriors, Curry aiming for Friday return

The Warriors have been without Stephen Curry for six full games and all but the first two minutes of a seventh. The last three were less out of medical necessity than an abundance of caution.

Curry could, however, return as soon as Friday when the Atlanta Hawks visit Oracle Arena, multiple sources disclosed to NBC Sports Bay Area on Monday night. ESPN, citing league sources, was first to report the team’s plan.

The two-time MVP’s right ankle is scheduled to be reevaluated Tuesday, after which time a firm return date is expected.

Curry was physically able to play -- and actually pushed to return -- last weekend, according to league sources. But the Warriors, looking ahead to the playoffs and seeing diminished value in the remaining regular-season games, opted to continue rehabilitation in hopes of maximizing support for the area around his ankle.

The Warriors have described Curry’s injury not as a sprain but a “tweak,” implying less severity.

Though the Warriors won the game in which Curry was hurt, 110-107 over the Spurs on March 8, they have since lost four of six, including 89-75 on Monday in San Antonio.

The Warriors arrived early Tuesday morning and won’t practice Tuesday afternoon and are contemplating skipping an official practice on Wednesday.

The Warriors, averaging a league-leading 115.5 points per game this season, saw that figure drop to 103.3 during Curry’s six-game absence.

Draymond Green knocked out of game vs Spurs with pelvic contusion


Draymond Green knocked out of game vs Spurs with pelvic contusion

Already down three All-Stars, the Warriors lost their fourth midway through the first half on Monday night.

With just over nine minutes remaining in the second quarter against the Spurs, Draymond Green took a knee from a driving Danny Green.

Draymond was in immediate pain and left the court for the locker room.

Just before the end of the first half, NBC Sports Bay Area's Kerith Burke reported that Green was ruled out for the rest of the game with a "midsection issue."

Early in the second half, the Warriors diagnosed that Green suffered a pelvic contusion and that x-rays were negative.

The Warriors are currently playing without Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant. All three are dealing with injuries that will keep them out several games.