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Final Score: Warriors defeat Knicks 123-112 as Durant sets assist mark

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Durant has a career high 14 assists but was ejected in the 4th quarter for arguing with refs.

NBA: New York Knicks at Golden State Warriors Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The Golden State Warriors overcame a shaky start at home to beat down the shorthanded New York Knicks, 123-112. Kevin Durant was ejected for arguing foul calls late in the game, but not before tallying 14 points and a career high 14 assists.

Stephen Curry bounced back from his rough outing the previous game in Houston, pouring on an entertaining 32 points (8-of-15 from downtown), 7 assists, and 6 rebounds. The Knicks were missing newly minted All-Star forward Kristaps Porzingis due to injury, but I’m not sure his presence would have changed the final result.

The Splash Bros have a dry start

Random sidenote: as a child during the ‘90s, I was a huge fan of Michael Jordan’s classic film, “Space Jam’. To this day, anytime I see star players playing uncharacteristically bad against the Knicks, I can’t help but wonder if the Monstarz stole their powers.

It goes without saying that once Klay Thompson and Curry combined to shoot 4-of-16 from the field (2-for-10 from the arc) going into halftime, a “Monstarz” scenario was definitely play.

Additionally, the Warriors had a few lapses of concentration on the defensive end that drew head coach Steve Kerr’s ire. Kerr called repeated, pointed timeouts after the team failed to stop fast breaks because they were too busy arguing with the refs over non-foul calls.

Even still, the Dubs overall superior talent shined as they gobbled up the early deficit. Durant and David West carried the team’s offensive effort, while the Knicks weren’t able to capitalize on their early burst to gain much separation.

Dubs love the third quarter

Per usual, in the third period the Warriors jumped all over their overmatched opponent with a blistering run. They got up by as much as 14, outscoring New York 36-27 for the quarter. Curry 17 points in the period ignited the assault. Every bucket he scored lifted the spirits of the home crowd and demoralized the wounded Knicks.

Interestingly enough, Durant didn’t score a single point in the quarter, but kept his teammates involved with five assists. When he sat down towards the end of the quarter, he had already tied his previous career high in assists (12).

Play of the night!

I’m having a hard time choosing the most gold-blooded sequence of the evening.

Durant and Curry turning defense into offense?

Or was it Zaza Pachulia going all Hakeem “The Dream” Olajuwon here?

Tough call!

Poll

Who was the Warriors Wonder in the win over NYK?

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  • 47%
    Stephen Curry
    (361 votes)
  • 1%
    Klay Thompson
    (9 votes)
  • 9%
    Kevin Durant
    (75 votes)
  • 1%
    Draymond Green
    (9 votes)
  • 7%
    Zaza Pachulia
    (55 votes)
  • 0%
    Shaun Livingston
    (4 votes)
  • 29%
    David West
    (228 votes)
  • 2%
    Kevon Looney
    (16 votes)
  • 0%
    Andre Iguodala
    (1 vote)
  • 0%
    Patrick McCaw
    (2 votes)
  • 1%
    Nick Young
    (8 votes)
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