A Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson inspired Golden State Warriors put an exclamation point on the first half of the season with a 122-95 victory over the New York Knicks on Tuesday night at Oracle Arena.
The win ended the Dubs’ three-game home losing streak, which matched the team’s longest such streak under the tenure of Head Coach Steve Kerr, and they did so behind the effort of the team’s All-Stars in action.
Thompson ended his night with 43 points, four consecutive made shots in a span of just over two minutes in the fourth period, during which he knocked down his fifth, sixth and seventh 3-pointer of the game. Thompson scored 13 points in the third quarter and 13 more in the fourth as he finished 18-for-29 from the field and 7-for-16 from distance.
Stephen Curry logged his first double-double of the season with 14 points and 14 assists to go along with seven rebounds, and Draymond Green tallied also tallied a double-double with 11 rebounds and 10 assists. Kevin Durant tallied 24 points, six assists and two blocks, and in the process joined some elite company.
Those blocks gave Durant 900 for his career, and he becomes just the ninth player in NBA history to record at least 22,000 points, 5,000 rebounds, 3,000 assists and 900 blocks in their career, joining Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone, LeBron James, Dirk Nowitzki, Shaquille O'Neal, Hakeem Olajuwon, Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett.
Andre Iguodala added some highlight worthy dunks in his 23 minutes of game action, tallying seven points, three steals and two blocks while sporting a plus-11, the only Warriors reserve with a positive plus/minus rating.
After losing an 11-point lead in the first quarter, the Dubs closed out the first half with a 13-0 run, punctuated by a Thompson 3-pointer with three seconds left in the second quarter. The Warriors took a 12-point lead into the break and opened the game up with a 21-2 run in the third period that began with Curry getting three assists in less than a minute.
The Warriors enter the midpoint of the season with a 27-14 record after picking up their 10th straight win over the Knicks, completing the season sweep of New York for the fifth straight season.
The Dubs will look to complete another season sweep of an opponent on Friday when they close out their two-game homestand against the Bulls.