SAN FRANCISCO — The Knicks left their sport in Denver.
Their improved protection, their shot-making, their bench manufacturing — none of it made the journey to the Bay Space.
They didn’t resemble the crew that pulled off a back-to-back sweep of the Jazz and Nuggets on Tuesday and Wednesday. As a substitute, they handled protection like an optionally available train and dealt with the ball with none semblance of care. The constructive vibes from these two wins felt like a distant reminiscence because the defending champion Warriors toyed with them in a one-sided 111-101 victory at Chase Heart on Friday night time.
The Knicks (8-8) steadily had been scrambling on protection, out of place because the Warriors’ ball motion tied them in knots. Their offense usually resulted in compelled pictures or ball-handling miscues. Golden State entered the sport a middling 6-9, however actually didn’t appear to be a crew that had struggled early on. The Warriors held the Knicks to 34.5 p.c capturing, compelled 16 turnovers and hit 18 3-pointers themselves.
Stephen Curry completed with a game-high 24 factors. Getty Photographs
Stephen Curry dribbled and shot circles across the Knicks, pouring in 24 factors to go together with 10 assists, and Andrew Wiggins (20 factors) was by far the higher Canadian on the court docket, outplaying the Knicks’ slumping RJ Barrett, who scored 18 factors, however went simply 6-for-19 from the ground and 1-for-6 from 3-point vary.
Julius Randle, who couldn’t come near equaling the virtuoso efficiency he turned in towards the Nuggets on Wednesday, completed with 20 factors and 7 rebounds. Jalen Brunson missed 11 of his 13 pictures in an ineffectual 13-point efficiency. To make issues worse, Cam Reddish suffered a groin harm within the third quarter.
Backup middle Jericho Sims was the Knicks’ greatest participant, notching a double-double of 10 factors and 10 rebounds.
Tom Thibodeau reacts in the course of the Knicks’ loss to the Warriors on Friday night time. AP
The Knicks missed their first 10 3-point makes an attempt and 26 of their first 31 pictures general. Obi Toppin blew a pair of dunks, hit the highest of the backboard with a 3-pointer and easily fell down whereas bringing the ball up the court docket after a rebound. Barrett, nonetheless struggling together with his shot (he has made one in every of his final 23 3-point makes an attempt), hit the rim on an tried move from simply inside half-court. And the Knicks’ perimeter protection, improved in the beginning of the journey, was nowhere to be discovered.
The Warriors hit seven of their first 13 makes an attempt from distance and led by double digits simply 3:34 in. Golden State had a 16-point edge after one quarter and was up by 21 after Curry went behind his again by a double crew for a layup with barely two minutes left earlier than halftime.
Andrew Wiggins scores on Julius Randle within the second half. AP
The Knicks resorted again to their previous methods within the loss. AP
The Knicks lastly responded at that time, occurring an 11-1 run to get inside 11 on the break. Randle, coming alive after a quiet begin, scored 9 of these factors. It was a manageable deficit, contemplating the Knicks had been outshot, out-hustled and outplayed by the Warriors over the primary 24 minutes.
However the second half started a lot the best way a lot of the first half had gone: Again-to-back compelled pictures by Randle and Barrett and a Curry 3-pointer. The Warriors’ lead was quickly again to 16, after Curry discovered Draymond Inexperienced on their own on the high of the arc for his or her thirteenth made 3-pointer of the night.
The Knicks scraped to inside eight with 5:54 remaining within the fourth quarter, however couldn’t get nearer. The Warriors reeled off a 13-3 run to place the sport away.