Warriors defeat Knicks with teamwork

admin   •   December 16, 2016   •   3059

 

December 15, 2016; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) shoots the basketball against New York Knicks center Joakim Noah (13) and forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) during the third quarter at Oracle Arena. The Warriors defeated the Knicks 103-90. Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

December 15, 2016; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) shoots the basketball against New York Knicks center Joakim Noah (13) and forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) during the third quarter at Oracle Arena. The Warriors defeated the Knicks 103-90. Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

(The Sports Xchange) – The Golden State Warriors passed circles around the New York Knicks on Thursday night, assisting on their first 36 baskets over 35 minutes in a 103-90 victory over the undermanned Eastern Conference squad.

Klay Thompson had a game-high 25 points and JaVale McGee dropped in 17 in a rare start, helping Golden State improve to 7-0 against Eastern teams this season with a fifth straight win over the Knicks.

The Warriors recorded assists on every basket until the string broken late in the third period by a driving hoop by reserve guard Ian Clark.

The 41 total assists gave Golden State (23-4) at least 30 in 19 of their 27 games this season. No other NBA team has reached 30 more than four times.

The Warriors topped 40 assists three times this season, becoming the first team to do so since the 1996-97 Chicago Bulls.

Kevin Durant (eight), Stephen Curry (eight) and Draymond Green (seven) led the assist barrage against the Knicks team that was without Carmelo Anthony (bruised right shoulder) and Derrick Rose (sore lower back).

Durant nearly recorded a triple-double with 15 points and a game-high 14 rebounds to go with his eight assists.

Green grabbed 11 rebounds and totaled only five points.

Curry finished with a season-low eight points, but found time for 10 rebounds.

Reserves Justin Holiday (15) and Ron Baker (career-high 13) were the leading scorers for the Knicks (14-12), who fell to 2-2 on a five-game Western swing that began with a pair of wins.

Anthony and Rose are both questionable for the trip finale Saturday night in Denver.

Kristaps Porzingis, who had totaled 60 points and 20 rebounds in his previous two games, had only eight points and five rebounds in 34 minutes against the Warriors.

The Warriors assisted on all 26 of their first-half baskets en route to a 59-45 advantage, then busted the game wide open 14-point run that opened an 83-58 late with 3:21 remaining in the third period.

Four different Warriors had baskets and four had assists in the run, which featured a dunk and layup by McGee, 3-pointers by Thompson and Curry, and a three-point play by Thompson.

McGee’s previous scoring high this season had been 11. He made eight of his 10 shots.

The Warriors hit 45 of their 96 shots, while New York was held to 41.3 percent from the field.

Brandon Jennings, starting in place of Rose, added 10 points for the Knicks.

Willy Hernangomez and Joakim Noah had 10 rebounds apiece.

The Knicks hung around early, down just 42-37 at the midpoint of the second quarter, thanks in large part to Curry’s scoreless first 18 1/2 minutes. But once the two-time Most Valuable Player got involved, the game quickly got one-sided.

Curry’s first basket, a 3-pointer at the 5:34 mark of the second period, began a 17-8 burst. Curry added a second 3-pointer before period’s end.

Porzingis scores career-high 40 points as Knicks win again

UNTV News   •   November 6, 2017

Nov 5, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) is congratulated by center Enes Kanter (00) after scoring in the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

(The Sports Xchange) – For the second time in three days, it took until the mid-fourth quarter for Madison Square Garden to come alive.

Once it did, though, the legendary arena rocked as it hasn’t in years.

And this time, the New York Knicks were coming back from a 19-point deficit instead of trying to hold onto a big lead.

The Knicks eventually overcame Indiana on Sunday night for a 108-101 win after the Pacers led by more than 10 points for much of the game.

With 3:26 remaining, Kristaps Porzingis hit a leaning jumper while drawing a foul. The Latvian drew chants of “MVP! MVP!” as he sank the free throw, giving New York its first lead since just over three minutes remained in the first quarter.

Soon after, he capped off one of the great all-around NBA performances in more than three decades, finishing with a career-high 40 points, including 17 in the fourth quarter, as the Knicks (5-4) won for the fifth time in six games.

Porzingis, who added eight rebounds, six blocks and two 3-pointers — the first 40-5-5-2 NBA performance since 1983-84 — exploded for 10 points in a five-minute stretch to start the final quarter, which the Knicks entered trailing 84-72.

Porzingis made 15 of 24 shots from the field and hit 8 of 9 free throws, concluding a week in which he also put up games of 38 (then a career high) and 37 points.

Porzingis said he was happy to play the role of team leader, even with the extra attention it brings from opposition defenses.

“I’m very comfortable,” he said, according to the New York Post. ”I’m seeing a different type of defense almost every night. No matter who I’m playing against they’re trying to be physical with me.”

Knick coach Jeff Hornacek heaped praise on Porzingis.

“He’s got great confidence when he’s shooting,” Hornacek said.

“We figured out a way to get him the ball. He’s playing great. On defense, he came in there and got one really good block. Can’t argue with the way he’s playing.”

Tim Hardaway Jr. (16 points) and rookie first-round pick Frank Ntilikina (10) were the only other Knicks to score in double figures, though Enes Kanter added nine points and 18 rebounds.

Warriors well-built for success over the long haul

UNTV News   •   June 14, 2017

Golden State Warriors players and coaches celebrate with the Larry O’Brien Trophy. Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The Golden State Warriors made a strong case to be called one of the best teams in NBA history after a near-perfect run through the playoffs resulted in their second title in three years.

The scary part for the NBA’s 29 other teams? This may just be the beginning.

That is because the Warriors boast an intimidating starting lineup featuring four All-Stars in their 20s who are likely to be with the team for years to come.

Two-time reigning league MVP Stephen Curry is expected to sign the richest contract in NBA history this offseason as the league’s best three-point marksman will be eligible for a five-year deal worth an estimated $207 million.

“I’m just excited to do something special,” Curry said during the presentation of the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy on Monday in Oakland after his team beat the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals. “I’m ready to do it again.”

If so he will have help from shooting guard Klay Thompson and do-it-all power forward Draymond Green, who are already locked into long-term contracts with the Warriors.

And then there is Kevin Durant. The 7-foot (2.13 m) small forward and 2017 Finals MVP has said that after his controversial decision leave the Oklahoma City Thunder and join the Warriors last offseason, he is not eager to move again.

Durant is so dedicated to winning multiple championships that he is reportedly considering taking less money from the team in order to free up space to re-sign key reserves like Shaun Livingston and Andre Iguodala.

That all spells trouble for the rest of the league, who saw the Warriors capture a title in 2015, win a record-setting 73 games the next regular season before Durant moved to the Bay Area and the team became a juggernaut.

“They’re going to be around for a while,” Cavaliers forward LeBron James said after suffering his second Finals defeat in three years to a Warriors team that went 16-1 in the playoffs.

“Pretty much all their big-name guys are in their 20s, and they don’t show any signs of slowing down.”

And the team’s coaching staff is equally formidable.

After being sidelined for part of last season and again during the 2017 playoffs with back pain, head coach Steve Kerr returned during the Finals and said he intends to coach “for a long time.”

General Manager Bob Myers, who helped assemble the Warriors lineup after the franchise spent years as the league’s laughing stock, and savvy owner Joe Lacob fill out the rest of the team.

The big question this offseason is what, if anything, will contenders like Cleveland, San Antonio and Boston do to counter the champion Warriors.

Some reports have suggested James, the best player on the planet, may head to California to join the Lakers or Clippers in 2018, likely bringing talented players along in an effort to topple the Warriors if the Cavaliers fall short again next year.

One thing is clear – if no one can assemble a truly special team, the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy could very well reside in the Bay Area for years to come.

“After the parade, the narrative will shift to ‘So, what does the league plan to do about this?'” wrote Ray Ratto, a veteran Bay Area sports columnist.

“Right now, the only answer seems to be ‘not a damned thing.’ Because that’s the only answer that makes sense. This is Golden State’s era.” — By Rory Carroll | OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA

(Editing by Frank Pingue)

Warriors confident in ability to bounce back from Game 4 loss

UNTV News   •   June 12, 2017

Jun 9, 2017; Cleveland, OH, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35), forward Draymond Green (23), center Zaza Pachulia (27) and guard Stephen Curry (30) during the fourth quarter against the Cleveland Cavaliers in game four of the Finals for the 2017 NBA Playoffs at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

The Golden State Warriors’ potent offense went missing on Friday but they were not about to lose any sleep even as their bid for postseason perfection was snapped and championship celebrations were put on hold.

With a chance to close out the series with the Cleveland Cavaliers and celebrate their second NBA title in three seasons, two-times reigning league MVP Stephen Curry went cold.

Curry, of the best shooters in basketball history, had his worst game of the Finals, scoring a mere 14 points on 4-of-13 shooting.

“Just one of those games. Not going to overreact to one,” Curry told reporters. “Obviously I can play better and want to play better and will play better.”

Curry will get a chance to atone for his sub-par performance on Monday when the best-of-seven series shifts to Oakland with the Warriors still holding a commanding 3-1 lead.

The loss was the Warriors’ first in two months, dating back to the regular season, and puts them in familiar position having returned home last year with a 3-1 lead over Cleveland in the NBA Finals, which they went on to lose in seven games.

But the Warriors have added four-time scoring champion Kevin Durant since last year’s Finals meltdown and are not going to let past results shatter their confidence.

“Man, different team, man,” said Curry when asked if going home with an identical lead felt reminiscent of last year.

“Obviously we have haven’t felt this feeling walking off the court with a loss in a while, but we have done a good job of bouncing back and being resilient all year and obviously learning from all different experiences we have been through.”

Ultimately the Warriors were undone by a slow start on Friday as the Cavaliers, playing with their backs up against the wall, turned in their most physical and complete game of the NBA’s championship series.

The Cavaliers’ approach managed to open up the game in their favor and they used 24 three-pointers to pull away.

“They did a good job of attacking early and it opened up their three-point game,” said Durant, who had a team-high 35 points.

“That first quarter they came out and hit us with that amazing punch. 49 points in the first quarter is way too much. But you got to give them credit, they played extremely well tonight.” — By Frank Pingue | CLEVELAND

(Editing by Sudipto Ganguly)

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