Warriors fend off Knicks 111-101

SAN FRANCISCO – Stephen Curry led all scorers with 24 points, 10 assists and six rebounds, Andrew Wiggins added 20 points and seven assists as Golden State had six players finish in double figures on their way to a 111-101 victory over the visiting New York Knicks for their sixth straight win at Chase Center this season.

Curry shot 9-for-19 from the field, including five three-pointers. It was the 204th straight regular season game that Curry nailed at least one made three-pointer. Five of his assists came in the first quarter helping the Warriors (7-9) outscore the Knicks 35-19.

Thompson, who had been struggling to find his smooth shooting stroke this season, scored 11 of his 20 points on 4-of-6 shooting (with three triples) in the opening frame. It was the most points scored by Thompson in any quarter this season. Overall, Thompson shot 8-for-16 from the field, including four three-pointers that moved him past J.J. Redick for 16th place on the NBA’s all-time three-point leaderboard. 

“It seemed like every time Klay just made an extra pass, the ball started to move and then we got a wide-open shot,” head coach Steve Kerr said. “We ended up with 32 assists [on 41 made shots]. It started with early on Klay taking a more patient approach. And then the game rewarded him.”

Jordan Poole scored 13 off the bench and JaMychal Green had 12. Draymond Green had 10 points, nine rebounds and seven assists for Golden State, who outrebounded the Knicks 51-45.

“I feel like tonight was the best game we’ve put together on the defensive end,” said Thompson after the game. Per sources, the Warriors had a team meeting Friday regarding their early season struggles. Tonight’s win maybe the springboard Golden State needed to turn their season around.  

Thompson added that the meeting was, “a very constructive meeting… an incredible time of growth.”

Julius Randle had 20 points and seven rebounds and R.J. Barrett scored 18 for New York, who began the game shooting 5-for-22 from the field and missed their first 10 three-point attempts before Barrett knocked down the Knicks first triple at the 9:15 mark in the second quarter. 

New York shot 34.5-percent from the field the entire night. Jalen Brunson was ice cold from the floor, finishing 2-for-13 (1-for-5 on three-pointers) for 13 points for New York. The Knicks(8-8) came into Friday night’s contest on the heels of a 106-103 victory in Denver Wednesday night. 

New York outscored Golden State 31-26 in the second quarter, closing out the first half on a 11-1 run narrowing the Warriors’ lead at halftime, 61-50. Golden State’s biggest lead of the game was 22 points. 

The Warriors improve to 7-1 at home this season but are still in search of their first win (0-8) on the road. Golden State travels to Houston to take on the Rockets on Sunday for the first in a road back-to-back that finishes in New Orleans on Monday night. 

“I’m actually much more interested in why we’re not playing well on the road than why were are playing well at home,” Kerr said. “I expect to play well at home. We’ve got a good record here over the years and good players, great fans. No reason we shouldn’t control our home court. But we got to start putting it together on the road, too.”

The Warriors snapped a three-game home losing streak to the Knicks.

“To me, the road record is directly connected to the defense,” said Kerr.

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