Preview: Warriors at Knicks
Stephen Curry has settled into a consistently excellent level of play over the last several years and is capable of looking like the best player on the planet on any given night. Curry will try to follow up a 51-point effort when the Golden State Warriors begin a three-game road trip by visiting the New York Knicks on Friday.
Curry sat out the entire fourth quarter and ended up 11-of-16 from 3-point range in a 144-122 win over the Washington Wizards on Wednesday. “Everything felt in rhythm,” Curry told reporters. “You start to get good looks, you don’t have to force anything to find them and you can just repeat that same motion and it’s going in. The crowd gets into it, my teammates are encouraging me.” The Knicks are losers of four straight and did not look like a team that could keep pace with the Warriors while getting crushed 110-87 at Miami on Wednesday. “It was just so many holes in that dam,” New York coach David Fizdale told reporters. “We just, we let go of the rope tonight. This is the first time I felt like we let go and it got to us mentally and broke us in the third (quarter).”
TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, NBATV, NBCS Bay Area (Golden State), MSG (New York)
ABOUT THE WARRIORS (4-1): Curry’s big night on Wednesday overshadowed another stellar effort from Kevin Durant (30 points on 13-of-18 shooting, eight rebounds, seven assists), who was happy to let Curry keep shooting. “A professional scorer like that, you’re just kind of in the zone at that point,” Durant told reporters. “You know exactly where your points need to come from. It was a joy to be on the same court with that. That was sick.” Golden State shot 57.6 percent from the floor in the win and is averaging 119.4 points.
ABOUT THE KNICKS (1-4): Center Enes Kanter had a streak of four straight double-doubles to begin the season come to an end when he was held to eight points and five rebounds on Wednesday, and he was not happy with his team’s effort. “We just put our head down and we stopped competing,” Kanter told reporters. “Especially on the road it doesn’t matter if you’re down 15, up by 20, whatever. You just have to stay competing and just stay together, that’s the most important thing.” The bright spot came from second-year guard Damyean Dotson, who scored a season-high 20 points off the bench.
1. Knicks SG Tim Hardaway Jr. was held to a season-low 14 points on Wednesday and is shooting 41.6 percent from the floor.
2. Warriors SG Klay Thompson is off to a slow start at 4-of-27 from 3-point range.
3. Golden State took the last eight in the series and won the two meetings last season by an average of 13 points.