Marcus Morris Sr. dropped 36 points on the Bay Area’s team, while D’Angelo Russell valiantly battled back with 32 points of his own.
A horrific start for the Dubs
The Knicks treated Chase Center like it was their building, jumping out to a 30-20 advantage after one quarter. Their energy was higher and they initiated the physicality, led by Morris’ downhill attack. He scored 18 points in 14 first half minutes, including going 6-of-6 at the free throw line.
Meanwhile the Warriors looked like the worst team in the league during the first half, shooting 17-of-41 from the field (33%!), while bricking 14 of their 18 attempts from beyond the arc (22%!!).
Russell led the first half scoring effort with 15 points, but a lot of his looks came in ugly possessions where he needed to make a superhuman effort.
An exhilarating comeback
Warriors coach Steve Kerr made an adjustment, swapping Willie Cauley-Stein who was ineffective early with Marquese Chriss, who provided a major spark.
Marquese Chriss steal & slam— Chris Montano (@gswchris) December 12, 2019
Warriors are alive!!! pic.twitter.com/GnoLEiMC9B
The Warriors erased a 22-point deficit and took a 91-89 lead with a little over 8 minutes to play in the final frame.
After trailing by 22, the Warriors take their first lead since the first quarter. The Knicks had 5 turnovers at half. They're up to 18 with 8:05 left in the 4Q— Kerith Burke (@KerithBurke) December 12, 2019
The Knicks wrestled the lead back to 103-98, before Chriss tried to single-handedly took the momentum back with a monster block that led to a D-Lo three-pointer.
Quese big block and stare down leads to a D’Lo 3 pic.twitter.com/aFSy6UQoc9— TheWarriorsTalk (@TheWarriorsTalk) December 12, 2019
Warriors tied the game at 103-all with just under 2 minutes to play, but the Knicks seemingly salted the game away when they took a 111-106 advantage with 15 seconds to go. But, in normal true Knicks fashion, they didn’t know what to do with the lead.
- The Knicks fouled Alec Burks on a three-pointer attempt. Burks made all three freethrows, pulling the Warriors to 111-109.
- Next, Golden State intentionally fouled R.J. Barrett, who split the free throws. Knicks 112, Warriors 109, 7.7 seconds to go.
- Then, Russell reminded the world that he has ice in his veins!!!
That shot sent the game into overtime, where the Knicks decided enough was enough, and put the game away.
Another loss in the end
Nothing like a battle of two evenly matched teams.— Fast Break (@GSWFastBreak) December 12, 2019
The Knicks outshot the Warriors 47.8% to 43.1%. Golden State was especially awful from three-point range, finishing 10-of-36 from downtown (27%!!).
The Knicks came into this game with a terrible record of 4-20, including 10 straight losses. Beating the Warriors has to feel good for them. Meanwhile the Warriors blew the game, but may have won the war...the “tanking for a draft pick” war that is! #lightyears #weneedthesplashbros
In the last 11 days, the Warriors have lost to the Magic, Hawks, Hornets, Grizzlies and now Knicks. They're 5-21, again falling to the bottom of the NBA standings.— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) December 12, 2019