SAN FRANCISCO — The Knicks left their sport in Denver.
Their improved protection, their shot-making, their bench manufacturing — none of it made the journey to the Bay Area.
The Knicks did not resemble the staff that pulled off a back-to-back sweep of the Jazz and Nuggets on Tuesday and Wednesday in the opening quarter, they usually could not get well. In these fateful first 12 minutes, the Knicks fell behind by 16 and handled protection like an non-compulsory train, dealing with the ball with none semblance of care. The optimistic vibes from these two wins felt like a distant reminiscence because the defending champion Warriors toyed with them in a one-sided 111-101 victory at Chase Center on Friday night time.
“The second, third and fourth quarters, we performed the best way we would have liked to play in the primary quarter. But we had given them such a cushion that we did not give ourselves an actual probability,” coach Tom Thibodeau mentioned.
The Knicks (8-8) had been often scrambling on protection, out of place because the Warriors’ ball motion tied them in knots. Their offense typically resulted in pressured photographs or ball-handling miscues. Golden State entered the sport a middling 6-9, however definitely didn’t appear like a staff that has struggled early in the season. The Warriors held the Knicks to 34.5 p.c taking pictures, pressured 16 turnovers and hit 18 3-pointers themselves.
Stephen Curry dribbled and shot circles across the Knicks, pouring in 24 factors to go along with 10 assists, and Andrew Wiggins (20 factors) was by far the higher Canadian on the courtroom, outplaying the slumping RJ Barrett, who scored 18 factors, however went simply 6-for-19 from the ground and 1-for-6 from 3-point vary.
Julius Randle, who could not come shut to equaling the virtuoso efficiency he turned in in opposition to the Nuggets on Wednesday, completed with 20 factors and 7 rebounds. Jalen Brunson missed 11 of his 13 photographs in an ineffective 13-point efficiency. To make issues worse, Cam Reddish suffered a groin damage in the third quarter and his standing is day to day, in accordance to Thibodeau.
“I performed horrible,” Brunson, sometimes accountable after a loss, mentioned. “That’s the focus of it. I performed horrible.”
Backup heart Jericho Sims was the Knicks’ finest participant, notching a double-double of 10 factors and 10 rebounds in 27 minutes.
The Knicks missed their first 10 3-point makes an attempt and 26 of their first 31 photographs general. Obi Toppin blew a pair of dunks, hit the highest of the backboard with a 3-pointer and easily fell down whereas bringing the ball up the courtroom after a rebound. Barrett, nonetheless struggling along with his shot (he has made one in all his final 23 3-point makes an attempt), hit the rim on an tried go from simply inside half-court. And the Knicks’ perimeter protection, improved at first of the journey, was nowhere to be discovered.
The Warriors hit seven of their first 13 makes an attempt from distance and led by double digits in simply 3:34. Golden State had a 16-point edge after one quarter and was up by 21 after Curry went behind his back by a double staff for a layup with barely two minutes left earlier than halftime.
“They had been simply taking part in a little bit sooner than us,” Brunson mentioned. “We form of eased our manner into the sport.”
The Knicks lastly responded at that time, happening an 11-1 run to get inside 11 on the break. Randle, coming alive after a quiet begin, scored 9 of these factors. It was a manageable deficit, contemplating the Knicks had been outshot, out-hustled and outplayed by the Warriors over the primary 24 minutes.
But the second half started a lot the best way a lot of the first half had gone: Back-to-back pressured photographs by Randle and Barrett and a Curry 3-pointer. The Warriors’ lead was quickly back to 16, after Curry discovered Draymond Green on their lonesome on the prime of the arc for his or her thirteenth made 3-pointer of the night.
The Knicks scraped to inside eight with 5:54 remaining in the fourth quarter, however couldn’t get nearer. The Warriors reeled off a 13-3 run to put the sport away.
“We nonetheless received an opportunity to make it an awesome journey,” Randle mentioned. “We received two extra video games, two extra very winnable video games. We’ve received an opportunity to make it an awesome journey and go back house feeling fairly good about ourselves.”