Wednesday, 17 February, 2016

Thompson's Big Night Carries Golden State Warriors Over Knicks

Klay Thompson hoists trophy Vaughn Ridley Getty Images
Benjamin Gardner | 15 February, 2016, 03:21

Harrison Barnes saved the Golden State Warriors from a shock loss to the Philadelphia 76ers thanks to a three-pointer with 0.2 seconds left on the clock.

"We're well aware that this is uncommon to have a group like this, to have a run like this, to be coming off a title and playing the way we are", he said.

Green didn't get his numbers, and nearly didn't get the win, either.

"Coach Lue is getting on us every single day to keep the tempo going and we've been able to do that and not turn the ball over". The most times a player had tallied eight triples in a game in a single season prior to this year?

"We kept our composure". From his comments, it appears as if he learned his lesson and got his assist-hunting out of his system.

They had to fight to the wire to improve to 43-4, matching the 1966-67 76ers for best 47-game start in National Basketball Association history while the current Sixers fell to 7-41. That Philadelphia team won 46 of its first 50. The Knicks had no answer for Golden State.

Steve Kerr lost his cool, but it possibly helped the Warriors win.

After leading at halftime 73-54, the Warriors were surprisingly outscored 51-35 in the second half.

"This is an era that we should relish and take advantage of because it's not always going to be like this", Kerr said after the team's 116-95 win against the New York Knicks on Sunday.

That could either be a good sign for the Knicks as the Warriors may finally be showing some fatigue, as tonight will be their fourth game of the week and the second night of a back-to-back.

Forward Carmelo Anthony topped the Knicks (23-27) with 24 points and 10 rebounds for his 13th double-double this season.

Anthony sat out each of the two matchups with the Warriors last season. In those previous two return games, he only scored 10 points in each on 7-for-25 shooting. Golden State would shoot 16-of-29 from three-point range as everyone in the lineup (except Curry) shot lights out.

The Knicks were within 13 early in the fourth before the Warriors put it away with 10 straight points, including Thompson's 3-pointer that made it 102-79. He had a season-high 45 in a 127-107 win over Dallas on Wednesday.

Kyle Lowry had 26 points and 10 assists, DeMar DeRozan also scored 26 points and the Toronto Raptors set a franchise record with their 10th consecutive victory, over the New York Knicks on Thursday night. When the goal is perfection or as close to it as you can get, there aren't any days off. The whole point of an 82-game NBA season is mental and physical rests, here and there, but even after beating the Cavaliers by 34 points and the Spurs by 30, it seems that Kerr, who is hungry for basketball after missing half the season due to surgery, is hungry to see his team do better than they did in a sloppy finish against the 76ers.

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