Knicks simply controlled the ball crush Warriors at MSG 132-94

New York Knicks’ Miles McBride (2) dunks the ball in front of Golden State Warriors’ James Wiseman (33) during the second half at Madison Square Garden in New York on Tue Dec 20, 2022 (AP News photo)

By Jessica Kwong

NEW YORK, NY. — The short-handed Golden State Warriors (15-17) suffered a 132-94 blowout loss to the New York Knicks (18-13) at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night, in the first of a back-to-back in the Big Apple.

New York scored the first eight points and never trailed the Warriors, who were without Stephen Curry due to a left shoulder injury, Andrew Wiggins with a strained right adductor, Andre Iguodala who has not played yet this season, and others.

The Knicks finished the first quarter ahead 33-25. The Warriors got within 35-33, but Quentin Grimes hit a triple with 4:17 left in the second quarter to boost the Knicks up 60-45. Golden State trailed 69-56 at the half.

“The Knicks are in a good groove right now. They totally outplayed us,” said Warriors head coach Steve Kerr. “We sank tonight. We’re trying to hang in there and we will. Another game tomorrow.”

With 5:37 to go in the third quarter, Mitchell Robinson scored a couple of free throws that extended New York’s lead to 88-67. Then Immanuel Quickley’s free throws with five seconds remaining brought the Knicks to 100 points. They led 100-81 at the end of the quarter.

The Warriors never closed the gap in the fourth quarter, and the Knicks won their eighth straight game to improve to 18-13.

“We probably could’ve did a better job of making them feel our presence on the three-point line today,” said Warriors guard Jordan Poole. “We got a couple of easy looks early and it’s hard to stop a team once they get going.”

Poole was the leading scorer for the Warriors, with 26 points. Jonathan Kuminga scored 13 points and Draymond Green, Klay Thompson and Ty Jerome had 11 each.

The Warriors (15-17) finish their six-game road trip against the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday. Tip-off is at 4:30 p.m.

Golden State will be even more depleted at Barclays Center, as Kerr confirmed that Thompson will not play in the second of the back-to-back games.

“It’s always tough – the last one on the road’s always tough, especially on a back-to-back. But hopefully we can learn from what we did tonight and we can be better tomorrow,” said Warriors center Kevon Looney.

“Usually when we lose a tough one or we get embarrassed like we did tonight we usually respond well, so hopefully we can go out there and play a little angry and play a little tougher and play better.”

Tuesday night’s result was quite the opposite of the Warriors’ last contest against the Knicks at Madison Square Garden last December, when they won 105-96 and Curry became the NBA’s career leader in three-pointers.

Warriors Win On the Road Beating Toronto 126-110

Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam tries to stop Golden State Warriors guard Jordan Poole (3) from going to the net during the second half in Toronto on Sun Dec 18, 2022 (Canadian Press via AP News photo)

Warriors Win On the Road Beating Toronto 126-110

By Barbara Mason

Sunday evening the Golden State Warriors (15-16) took on the Toronto Raptors (13-17) at Scotiabank Arena. Although playing a pretty solid game against the 76ers on Friday night in Philadelphia the Warriors could not hold off the Sixers in the fourth quarter losing 118-106. They were looking to prove that, yes, they can prove to be relevant in the absence of Stephen Curry. They were on Sunday with a 126-110 win over the Raptors.

Curry and Andrew Wiggins remained out in this game but Draymond Green rejoined the team. The Warriors got a fast start winning the first quarter 36-26 and went on to win the second quarter 32-28 leading at halftime 68-54.

The Warriors did not let their foot off the pedal winning the third quarter 34-26. They let the Raptors make a bit of a run in the fourth quarter.

This was an absolutely amazing game for Jordan Poole who scored a career high 43 points. This was the first game this season that the team was able to win without Currry. Klay Thompson scored 17 points and the return of Green was also an important part of this win.

He also scored 17 points with seven rebounds. Green got the team on the scoreboard to start the game with three shots from downtown. Golden State had a great defensive effort in this game. This win snapped a three-game losing streak although the team is still struggling on the road with a 3-14 record. Kevon Looney finished with 11 points and 11 rebounds.

The team high for the Raptors was Pascal Siakam with 27 points followed by Fred VanVleet with 22.

The Warriors continue this road trip looking to get back to .500 on Tuesday night taking on the Knicks. Tipoff is scheduled for 4:30 PM.

Knicks Randle and Barrett score 27 defeat Kings 112-99

Sacramento Kings guard Matthew Dellavedova (8) drives to the basket against New York Knicks guard Immanuel Quickley (5) during the first half at Madison Square Garden in New York on Sun Dec 11, 2022 (AP News photo)

By Jessica Kwong

NEW YORK, NY. — The Sacramento Kings have shown promise in the first third of the season – but took a step back at Madison Square Garden on Sunday night, falling 112-99 to the New York Knicks.

Sacramento had their worst start in two dozen games to a sold-out crowd in New York City. They had an opportunity to turn the game around when Knicks star Julius Randle was ejected in the third quarter, but failed to rise to the occasion.

“Julius kind of had his way with us. Big strong player and we didn’t execute anything, we talking about executing going into the game, so he got us on our heels,” said Kings head coach Mike Brown.

“You’ve got to give their whole team… the coaching staff to their players on down credit because they kicked my behind and all the other coaches and players in our locker room on the behind today.”

The Kings were ahead 9-8 but then allowed the Knicks to go on a 28-10 run. Sacramento trailed 36-22 at the end of the first quarter. The Knicks lead by as many as 19 points and ended the half ahead 66-50.

Domantas Sabonis and Harrison Barnes pulled their weight, but needed help from the rest of the team. Sacramento was 6 of 21 from the three-point line. Meanwhile, Randle had 27 points for the Knicks.

Sacramento made a decent push at the start of the second half and got within 11 points when Keegan Murray scored with 9:21 left in the third quarter. Randle was ejected with 3:35 left in the third after contesting a non-call and getting two technicals. That gave the Kings a chance to catch up and turn the game around, which they did not manage to do. Murray made a basket with 9:21 left in the third but the Knicks responded with the next six points.

Isiah Hartenstein made.a tip-in that boosted the Knicks to a game-high 21-point lead with less than two minutes left in the third. The Knicks lead 95-80 at the end of the third.

A free throw by Sabonis brought the Kings within 11 points with 1:41 left in the game. The Knicks won their fourth consecutive game for the first time since late March 2022.

Sabonis posted 17 double-doubles in 24 appearances this season. He tied Nikola Jakic for the lead in the NBA. The Kings were without De’Aaron Fox and Alex Len, who were out with injuries.

The Kings (14-11) continue their road trip to on Tuesday against the Philadelphia 76ers. Tip-off is at 4 p.m.

Warriors get back in the win column down Knicks 111-101

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) completes the three pointer and runs up the court with teammate Klay Thompson (30) at the Chase Center in San Francisco on Fri Nov 18, 2022 (AP News photo)

By Jerry Feitelberg

The Warriors hosted the New York Knicks at the Chase Center Friday night. The Knicks came into town with a record of 8-7. New York beat the Utah Jazz and the Denver Nuggets on the road in their last two games. Despite a 50-point performance by Warrior guard Stephen Curry in Phoenix, the Warriors found themselves with a record of 6-9.

The Warriors have yet to win a game on the road. They play well at home but are 0-8 away from the Chase Center. The Warriors’ head coach wanted his team to return to what the Warriors have been doing for the past eight years.

Sure, Curry carried the load in the loss to Phoenix. However, the Warriors have succeeded when all the players are involved in the scoring. The Warrior players know that it doesn’t matter who scores the most points. The team loves to spread the ball around and find the open man when things are going well.

In past seasons, the Warriors have had one of the top defenses in the NBA. This year, the defense has not been good. The Warriors, as a team, have been committing too many fouls. Coach Kerr wanted his team to make adjustments to improve in those three areas.

The Warriors listened, spread the ball, played defense, and beat the Knicks 111-101. What they could have done better was stop fouling. The only reason the score was that close was that the Knicks went to the charity stripe 34 times and made 32. The Warriors made eleven free throws in 20 tries. The 21-point difference allowed New York to stay close.

In the first quarter, Klay Thompson found his shot and knocked down eleven to pace the Warriors to 35-19 first quarter. Curry made two threes in the quarter, and Jordan Poole had five. The Warriors showed they still knew how to play defense as they held the Knicks to 19 points.

The Warriors extended the lead to twenty-two points in the second quarter, 51-33. Andrew Wiggins and JaMychal Green paced the Warriors offense. The Knicks found their offense late in the quarter. With the score 58-36, New York went on a 14-3 run the finish the first half trailing by 11, 61-50. The Knicks went into the locker room with the feeling they could somehow get a win on the Warriors home court.

The Warriors did not run away from the Knicks in the third quarter. Curry, who scored eight points in the first half, tallied ten points in the quarter. The Knicks didn’t wilt. They fought back. The Warriors won the quarter 26-24 to extend the lead to 13, 87-74. New York would have to find a way to stop the Warriors in the final 12 minutes to pull off an upset victory.

The Knicks, trailing 92-74, went on an 8-0 run to close within eight points of tying the game. Thompson, who went cold in the second and third periods, found his stroke and tallied seven points in the fourth. Curry hit a three to put the Warriors up 100-93. Coach Kerr inserted his second unit to finish the game. The Knicks cut the deficit to ten. New York ran out of time.

Game Notes and Stats: With the win, the Warriors are 7-9. Golden State is 7-1 at home and 0-8 on the road. The Knicks are 8-8.

The Warriors held the knicks to 34% from the floor. New York was nine -for thirty-floor from three-point range. The Warriors did the job on defense. The big takeaway from the game was the number of fouls they committed. It seemed like the Warriors fouled a Knick player on a drive to the basket every time. Yes, the team played with intensity, but they cannot give an opponent 34 free throws if they hope to win a game.

The Warriors had six players in double figures. Draymond Green had ten points, nine rebounds, and seven assists. It was a good night for Green. Wiggins and Thompson each scored 20 points. Wiggins had three threes, while Klay showed his All-Star form as he knocked down five threes.

Curry finished with 24 points, six rebounds, and ten assists. Curry had five threes, too. Poole’s line was 13 points, three rebounds, and four assists. Poole recorded three threes. The last player in double figures was JaMychal Green. The Warriors moved Draymond from a forward position to be the backup center to Kevon Looney. JaMycal Seemed to be in the right position at the right time as he tallied 12 points for his team.

The Warriors shot 45% from the floor. They made 18 threes in 50 tries. The Warriors recorded 32 assists on 41 buckets. The assists indicated the team was moving the ball and finding an open player to take the shot. 

The Knicks’ leading scorer was Julius Randle. Randle had 20 points. R.J.Barrett had 18, and Cam Reddish had 11, and Jalen Brunson 13. Coming off the bench, Jericho Sims had a double-double with ten points and ten rebounds.

The Warriors go on the road to face the Houston Rockets Sunday night. They play the New Orleans Pelicans Monday night. 

Kings suffer brutal loss in grand fashion to Knicks 131-115

New York Knicks forward Julius Randall (30) gets the throw down against the Sacramento Kings in first half action at Golden One Arena in Sacramento Mon Mar 7, 2022 (AP News photo)

By Jeremiah Salmonson

SACRAMENTO–The Sacramento Kings were back in action on Monday night. The Kings last played against the Dallas Mavericks in Dallas on Saturday night. It was a brutal loss for the Kings as the NBA admitted after the fact that the officials missed two critical calls down the stretch.

The Kings lost that game 114 to 113. On Monday night, the kings welcomed in the New York Knicks to Golden One Center in Sacramento. Tip off was set for 7:30 PM PST. Unfortunately, the Kings weren’t able to get the win and lost in grand fashion 131 to 115.

In the first half the Kings looked like they were going to run away with the game. The Kings office was firing on all cylinders as the Knicks offense struggled to put the ball in the basket. The Kings managed to score 33 points in the first quarter as the Knicks only scored 17 points.

In the second quarter the kings didn’t dominate but they held the Knicks back from taking a lead. The Knicks that scored the Kings 31 to 30 in the second quarter. The Kings would go into halftime with a 63 to 48 lead.

Leading the way in the first half was Domantas Sabonis and Harrison Barnes who each had 13 points for the Kings. RJ Barrett lead the way in the first half for the Knicks with 15 points. The Kings would look to continue the strong play in the second half.

In the second half, it was a disaster for the Kings. Julius Randle absolutely went on a tear for the Knicks. The Kings were out scored 44 to 24 in the third quarter. It was a shocking display of poor defense from the Kings and limited shotmaking; a complete reversal from what we had seen in the first half. it wasn’t any better in the fourth quarter.

The final 12 minutes saw the kings be out scored 39 to 28 to Seal the loss 131 to 115. It was a terrible second half of basketball for the Kings that would have hoped for a better showing after a strong first half.

It was an alarming defensive display but at some point the cap needed to be tipped to Julius Randle. Randle finished the game with 46 points dwarfing the performance of De’Aaron Fox who scored 27. The Kings couldn’t match the intense offense from the Knicks in the second half.

Up Next: The Kings stay home to face the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday at 7 PM PST in Sacramento.

Knicks Edge Warriors For a Second Loss In a Row 116-114

It’s written all over Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry’s face how could this happen as the Warriors lose their second straight game to the New York Knicks at the Chase Center in San Francisco on Thu Feb 10, 2022 (AP News photo)

Knicks Edge Warriors For a Second Loss In a Row 116-114

By Barbara Mason

The Golden State Warriors (41-15) were back at Chase Center tonight taking on the Knicks (25-31) after getting shellacked by the Utah Jazz last night. The Warriors who dropped their second straight game this time to the Knicks in a close contest 116-114.

The good news for Golden State is that Klay Thompson was in Thursday’s lineup. The team badly needed him Wednesday night although it might have not been enough to get past the Jazz. The Warriors just ran out of steam in the third and fourth quarters in a very uncharacteristic level of play. Empty possessions, turnovers and lackadaisical play was the order of the day in that game. They couldn’t buy a basket.

Starters Thursday night alongside Thompson will be Stephen Curry, Andrew Wiggins, Kevon Looney and wonderkid Jonathan Kuminga.

Tonight the Warriors will try to get back on track against New York. The Knicks are coming off loses to the Lakers, the Jazz and the Nuggets last tuesday night so they are having a rough road trip. They are struggling offensively.

The Warriors fell behind in the opening quarter and trailed 33-28 as it came to an end. The Knicks had a great offensive effort in the first quarter and it looked like Golden State might have a struggle on their hands. New York is a great rebounding team with their size. Julius Randle had 11 rebounds in the first half.

After trailing in the second quarter by seven points the Warriors took a slim lead in the final minutes of the quarter extra possessions and second chance points by the Knicks were a huge reason for the Knicks success and was having a big impact on the game.

The final minutes of the half were all Warriors. With only one turnover in the quarter Golden State was taking more shots and at the half had a 62-57 lead. The best news of all for the Warriors was no points on turnovers which has been an issue for them in the past.

The halftime lead slipped away in the third quarter as the Knicks scored 11 unanswered points. After losing three road games this was a hungry Knicks team that was having a huge game so far. The Knicks outscored the Warriors in the quarter 31-20 taking a lead into the fourth quarter.

The Warriors were struggling from deep going 14 of 44 trailing 102-94 with under seven minutes left in the game. This game would go down to the wire. With 6.2 seconds left in the game the Warriors had the ball but trailed 116-114. Thompson had a good look in the paint but came up short and the Knicks held off the Warriors for their second loss in a row. This is only the second time this year that the Warriors have lost two games in a row.

The Knicks had a great offensive and defensive game. Randle had a tremendous game with 28 points and 16 rebounds.

Curry had a great game with 35 points but was five of 16 from outside. Kuminga and Thompson both finished with 17 points.

Saturday night Golden State will meet the Lakers. They are hoping to avoid three losses in a row which would be a first this season. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:30.

Warriors Winning Streak Snapped by Utah 111-85

Utah Jazz forward Royce O’Neale tries to put a stop against Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, right, in Utah on Wed Feb 9, 2022 (AP News photo)

Warriors Winning Streak Snapped by Utah 111-85

By Barbara Mason

Wednesday night the Golden State Warriors (41-14) took on the Utah Jazz (34-21) in Salt Lake City. Both teams are riding on winning streaks, the Jazz with three wins in a row and Golden State looking for their tenth win in a row. The Jazz came ready and shutdown Golden State’s offense for the 111-85 win.

Their last game on the road, New Year’s Day in Salt Lake City was a barnburner. The Warriors won that game 123-116 despite a horrific third quarter. The Jazz scored 41 points in that quarter while the Warriors had only 22 points. It was In the final minutes of that game that Stephen Curry and Andre Iguodala made crucial shots from downtown plus three free throws from Curry.

Tonight’s game features two teams that excel in shots from outside. It will be a Curry vs Donovan Mitchell match-up and promises to be some exciting ball.

Rudy Gobert did not play tonight for the Jazz. The Warriors were missing Andre Iguodala, Klay Thompson, and Nemanja Bjelica. Kevon Looney started this game being a game-time decision.

The Warriors started off the first quarter with a couple of three’s from Otto Porter and Andrew Wiggins. It was a nice start for Golden State taking a 13-0 lead to begin this game. It would just be a matter of time before the Jazz got going.

Mid-way through the quarter the Warriors led 15-2. Utah put an end to the Warriors surge and by the end of the quarter the Warriors led 31-30. The Jazz had shot five from downtown and Golden State with six.

Mental errors, empty possessions and turnovers in the second quarter did the Warriors no favors. The Jazz will make you pay every time you commit those turnovers and fouls. After two quarters the Jazz led 55-49. The 10-2 on turnovers gave the Jazz a real edge. The Warriors were struggling against the Jazz defense.

After tying up this game in the third quarter at 58, the Jazz began to make a move. More turnovers and empty possessions gave the Jazz a 79-65 lead after three quarters. The Warriors went 35% shooting which would hardly get the job done against Utah.

The Jazz offense went off in the third quarter and took it into the fourth. The Warriors had cooled off since the first quarter and just could not turn it back around.

The Warriors were not getting anything in the paint and Utah was not missing anything in the fourth quarter. Golden State’s winning streak would come to an end. The good news for the Warriors was the simple fact that they had gone 9-1 without Draymond Green. The Warriors have an amazing defense right now without their ace.

The Warriors Jordan Poole finished the game with 18 points. Bojan Bogdanovic was the high for the Jazz with 23 points. Hassan Whiteside not only had nine points off the bench for Utah but also had 17 rebounds.

The Warriors were outplayed by the Jazz and had a real off night offensively. They were skunked. It happens and so now it is back home for a date with the Knicks. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:00 PM.

Golden State Warriors podcast with David Zizmor: Thompson getting the splash headlines leading in scoring

Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) takes a shot over Oklahoma City Thunder guard Josh Giddey (3) on Mon Feb 7, 2022 at Oklahoma City (AP News photo)

On the Warriors podcast with David:

#1 Dave it seem like Golden State Warriors (41-13) guard Klay Thompson has taken over the leaderboard of late he was the top scorer on Monday night against the Oklahoma City Thunder (17-36) with 21 points.

#2 Has it been by design that Thompson would get more looks and it seems like he hasn’t missed a beat since he’s returned.

#3 The Warriors tip off against the Utah Jazz (33-21) tonight in Salt Lake City. The Jazz have won three straight and defeated the New York Knicks (24-30) in their last game 113-104. How do you see this match up tonight in Utah.

Join David Zizmor for the Warriors podcasts each Wednesday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Knicks take out Kings 116-96 at MSG for Sac’s 7th straight loss

The Sacramento Kings forward Louis King (23) and guard Buddy Hield (24) almost looks as if to say what’s the use as the New York Knicks RJ Barrett (9) lays one in at Madison Square Garden on Mon Jan 31, 2022 (AP News photo)

By Jessica Kwong

The Sacramento Kings (18-34) ended their five-game road trip at Madison Square Garden with their seventh straight loss, 116-96 to the New York Knicks (24-27) on Monday night.

Sacramento was without their best player, De’Aaron Fox, due to a sore ankle and trailed most of the game.

New York led for the last 43 minutes of the game and by double digits during the whole second half. Going into the final quarter, the Knicks had an 18-point lead.

The Kings’ leading scorers in the blowout loss were Tyrese Haliburton with 21 points and eight assists, and Davion Mitchell with 18 points.

Fox has been out since January 19 and missed four games. Still, Kings coach Alvin Gentry said the team is not worried about the point guard’s absence in the long term.

“I think that he is feeling much better,” Gentry said. “But until he feels that everything is there and that he can make the cuts laterally, we aren’t going to put him out there right now. But I am not concerned.”

Meanwhile, the Knicks snapped their three-game losing streak. Alec Burks and Evan Fournier scored 21 points each, and Julius Randle contributed 17 points and nine rebounds.

Gentry, who coached Randle with the New Orleans Pelicans, had some words about him

“I think he’s a better player,” Gentry said. “And he was a very good player for us. He was outstanding for us, really. I think he’s slowed himself down a little bit. Now I know he’s struggling a bit right now but it’s never because of effort.

Gentry added that Randle hasn’t shot the ball as well as in the past.

“But the way he attacks the basket, and his ability to handle the ball in the open court and create plays are all things he was starting to do when he was in New Orleans and I think he’s much, much better at it right now,” he said.

The Kings (18-34) return home to host the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday. Tip-off is at 7pm.

Curry crowned the new king of 3 pointers breaks Allen’s record with 2,974; Golden State defeats New York 105-96

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry takes a three point shot that would break the NBA record held by Ray Allen in the first half against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden in New York on Tue Dec 14, 2021 (AP News photo)

By Jessica Kwong

NEW YORK, NY—Golden State Warriors (23-5) guard Stephen Curry walked into Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night ready to make history against the New York Knicks (12-16) in a 105-96 win. After warming up with a range of shots – including three pointers – Curry walked up to a smiling Ray Allen, the record holder for most three-point field goals in NBA history – but not for long.

Early in the first quarter, Curry sank a three-pointer, tying the record with Allen. Then with 7:33 remaining in the quarter, off a pass from Andrew Wiggins, Curry made the splash from the right wing setting a new record: 2,974 three-pointers.

Golden State then committed a foul and called a timeout that the league let last three-and-a-half minutes to celebrate the greatest shooter of all time. Curry took in his accomplishment at backcourt, then hugged teammates, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr and finally, Allen.

“I talked to Ray last week and he mentioned just make it your own, like, there’s no right way, wrong way to celebrate it. It’s just the way you feel that moment and that’s exactly what happened,” Curry said postgame. “I’m sure as the days go on, I’ll go back to that moment and relive the emotions of it because it was like that, it was really, really awesome.”

Golden State led 12-10 after Curry’s historic shot and the score was tied at 24 at the end of the quarter. The Knicks led 48-47 at the half, but the Warriors took command in the third quarter, finishing 71-64. New York was unable to catch up in the fourth quarter and the Curry and the Warriors won 105-96.

The night ended with more glory for Curry, interviews at center court and MVP chants.

Kerr said the team fouled after Curry’s special shot to give him the moment.

“You know you have to do something you can’t just keep playing,” Kerr said, adding he noticed it was an extra long timeout that was obviously organized beforehand. “It just felt like the right thing to do to make sure we celebrate.”

Wiggins said “Steph is a humble superstar” and that “in his speech, he was just thanking other people.”

Draymond Green admitted that Curry hitting the mark was a huge relief for him and the entire team, and that they can now focus on other goals.

“Steph is the best to ever shoot a basketball,” Green said. “Tonight was a huge step in the right direction for us.”

Regarding being called the greatest shooter of all time, Curry is finally comfortable owning the title.

“I got that baby,” Curry said, raising both arms in the air.

He looks to hit many more three-pointers, but won’t say what his exact goal is.

“Now that I got past that hump I can just let it fly and see how far I can push it,” Curry said. “Whenever I’m done playing, hopefully it’s not anytime soon.”

The Warriors (23-5) lead the western conference and continue their road trip on Friday against the Boston Celtics. Tipoff is at 4:30 p.m.