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Knicks get off to fast start in victory over Warriors

Knicks get off to fast start in victory over Warriors

UPSET. Warriors star Stephen Curry defends Knicks swingman RJ Barrett along with Warriors forward Draymond Green.

Photo by Kelley L Cox/USA TODAY Sports/Reuters

Steph Curry and the Warriors surprisingly figure in an unsuccessful uphill battle again the Knicks all night

RJ Barrett recorded a career-best with 28 points and the New York Knicks used a 40-point first quarter to build a lead they relinquished only momentarily in a 119-104 victory over the Golden State Warriors in San Francisco on Thursday night, January 21 (Friday, January 22, Philippine time).

All 5 Knicks starters scored in double figures, including Mitchell Robinson with 18 points and Julius Randle with 16 points, as New York opened a four-game Western swing with an impressive win.

Stephen Curry had a game-high 30 points, but shot just 5-for-14 on three-pointers for the Warriors, who were coming off back-to-back wins over the Los Angeles Lakers and San Antonio Spurs over the previous 3 days.

Reggie Bullock hit 4 three-pointers for New York, including 3 in the first 5 minutes as the Knicks were opening the game on an 18-8 run.

Seeking a third straight win, the visitors went up by as many as 11 in the opening period and were caught just once the rest of the night, that coming at 55-all after a pair of Curry free throws with 2:01 remaining in the half.

But Elfrid Payton contributed a three-pointer to an 8-2, half-closing run that reestablished a six-point advantage, and the Warriors fought an unsuccessful uphill battle the rest of the night.

Barrett’s 28 points were one more than he scored on two occasions as a rookie last season. He shot 10-for-17 overall and 2-for-3 on three-pointers.

Payton finished with 15 points, Bullock had 12 points, all on three-pointers, and Alec Burks chipped in with 11 for New York, which logged its second-largest point total of the season. The Knicks exploded for 130 points in a 20-point win over Milwaukee last month.

Randle was the game’s top rebounder with 17, missing a triple-double by one assist. Nerlens Noel added 11 rebounds to complement 6 points and 4 blocks off the bench.

Andrew Wiggins had 17 points to go with a team-high 9 rebounds, while James Wiseman totaled 15 points and Eric Paschall 12 for the Warriors, who lost Draymond Green to a two-technical ejection in the 2nd quarter.

The Knicks outshot the Warriors 46.3% to 38.4 overall and 45.8% to 23.7 on three-pointers.

Green’s ejection occurred during a foul-marred first half in which 48 free throws were shot. New York led 63-57 at the break, the result of having made 21-of-27 free throws, while the Warriors were 15-for-21. –

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