Sleepy Warriors wake up in second half, ride Curry past Knicks
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OAKLAND -- The Warriors overcame a languid first half Tuesday night with a potent third quarter behind Stephen Curry and came away with a 123-112 victory over the Knicks at Oracle Arena.
Curry scored a game-high 32 points, with 17 coming in the third quarter. Kevin Durant totaled 14 points and added a career-high 14 assists but was ejected after receiving his second technical foul with 2:50 remaining in the game.
Zaza Pachulia scored 13 points, and Draymond Green and David West added 12 apiece.
The Warriors (38-10) outscored the Knicks 25-12 on fast-break points and outscored their reserves 43-31.
As good as Curry was in the third and as solid as was Durant’s double-double, there aren’t many games in which the Warriors get 33 points out of their three-center rotation.
Pachulia’s line: 13 points (5-of-6 shooting from the field, 3-of-3 from the line), four rebounds and a steal. He played 14 minutes and finished plus-3.
West’s line: 12 points (5-of-6 from the field, 2-of-2 from the line), four rebounds, four assists. He played 15 minutes and finished plus-16.
Kevon Looney’s line: 8 points (4-of-5 shooting), four rebounds and one assist. He played 15 minutes and finished plus-2.
After a 3-pointer by Knicks guard Jarrett Jack tied the game at 69-69 with 8:19 remaining in the third quarter, the Warriors answered with a 19-6 run, taking an 88-75 lead on a free throw by Curry with 4:24 left in the quarter.
The Warriors took a 95-86 lead into the fourth, and New York got no closer than 10 in the fourth over final 12 minutes.
Warriors: F Jordan Bell (L ankle sprain) was listed as out.
Knicks: F Kyle O’Quinn (L calf contusion) and F Kristaps Porzingis (L knee irritation) were listed as out.
The Warriors return to action Thursday night at Oracle Arena, where they will face the Minnesota Timberwolves. Coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area begins at 6:30, with tipoff scheduled for 7:35.