Thompson, Green help Warriors blow out Knicks

BY foxsports • January 31, 2016

NEW YORK (AP) Klay Thompson woke the Warriors from their slowest start of the season with 17 of his 34 points in the second quarter, Draymond Green tied the franchise record with his ninth triple-double of the season, and Golden State beat the New York Knicks 116-95 on Sunday night for its seventh straight victory.

Green made all nine shots as the Warriors (44-4) wrapped up January at 40 games over .500 even with a quiet 13 points from Stephen Curry. He was just 5 for 17 from the field on a court where he's enjoyed some big performances.

Green finished with 20 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for the Warriors, who were held to a season-low 18 points in the first quarter. They charged back with 64 over the middle two quarters - the Knicks had only 65 total through three - and looked back to normal after a sluggish Saturday in Philadelphia.

Green, who leads the league in triple-doubles, matched Hall of Famer Tom Gola's total from the 1959-60 season.

Carmelo Anthony had 24 points and 10 rebounds for the Knicks, who lost for the fifth time in six games.

A night after managing just 17 points in the fourth quarter and needing Harrison Barnes' 3-pointer with 0.2 seconds left to rescue them in a 108-105 victory over the 76ers, Golden State's high-powered offense was still stuck in neutral to open the game. The Knicks ran off 14 straight points, helped by eight Warriors turnovers in the period, and led 20-18.

But the Warriors then hit the Knicks with a 14-of-17 onslaught for 37 points - with Curry not even taking a shot - in the second. Thompson, who took just one shot in a scoreless first quarter, was 7 for 8 in the second and finished 14 of 18.

Green, headed to his first All-Star Game, dominated his matchup against Knicks rookie star Kristaps Porzingis, who committed two fouls and head to the bench 90 seconds into the game.

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.


Warriors: Andre Iguodala returned after missing his first game of the season Saturday to rest. ... Hall of Famer and former Warriors star Chris Mullin was at the arena to visit his old team. He coached St. John's in its 68-53 loss to No. 6 Villanova earlier Sunday at Madison Square Garden. ... The Warriors visit Washington next to face the Wizards on Wednesday and visit the White House on Thursday.

Knicks: Starting point guard Jose Calderon missed his third straight game with a sore right groin. Coach Derek Fisher said the Knicks hope he can play Tuesday against Boston, but it's more likely he won't return until Thursday or Friday. ... The Knicks have lost 20 of the last 26 meetings.


Athletes from other sports in the crowd included John McEnroe (tennis), Jim Furyk (golf), Matt Harvey (baseball) and Rashad Jennings (football).


Warriors: Visit Washington on Wednesday.

Knicks: Host Boston on Tuesday.