Warriors grind past Knicks as Steph Curry sets record
Warriors grind past Knicks as Steph Curry – Steph Curry set a new NBA record for three-pointers made, but more importantly, Golden State defeated New York.
The focus heading into Tuesday’s game between the Golden State Warriors and the New York Knicks was on Steph Curry, who needed just two made triples to pass Ray Allen for the all-time lead in made threes in the NBA. It took fewer than five minutes for the MVP favorite to create history.
While Curry was the focus before, during, and after the game, Steve Kerr told it like it was during a halftime interview with TNT. “A win,” the Warriors coach said when asked what he wants the game to be remembered for.
The message was simple: yeah, Curry may have created history by stopping a game, bringing a road crowd to their feet, and causing Steph to shed a few tears, but the Warriors still have a greater objective. There are games to win, and championships to face.
And so they set to work against New York – Warriors grind past Knicks as Steph Curry sets record
From the start, the odds were stacked against the Dubs. The Warriors had played the night before, resulting in a difficult road back-to-back, but the worst part was that they were stranded in Indiana due to plane mechanical problems. Golden State couldn’t fly to New York until Tuesday morning, which was a return to the guys’ high school days.
Despite Curry’s historical significance, it showed in a sluggish start. The Dubs only scored 24 points in the first quarter and 23 in the second, but a great defensive effort kept them within a single point of the lead at halftime.
And you know what occurred after that: the third quarter. Golden State held New York to only 16 points in the fourth quarter, which wasn’t particularly impressive. Their own offense struggled at first, but a late burst in the third quarter gave them a seven-point advantage going into the fourth.
From there they cruised home. In the fourth quarter, both teams regained their offensive stride, but the Dubs never let the Knicks get too close, finally winning 105-96.
Despite the win, Curry had another underwhelming performance, scoring 22 points on 8-for-19 shooting and 5-for-14 from beyond the arc. Draymond Green was all over the place again, with 8 points, 11 rebounds, 7 assists, and 4 blocks, and Nemanja Bjelica had a perfect 5-for-5 from the field (including 4-for-4 from long range) off the bench.
The Warriors have moved to an NBA-best 23-5 record and will now receive some much-needed relaxation, with two rest days and a short travel ahead of them before facing the Boston Celtics on Friday night.