THE Golden State Warriors ran their offense to perfection in coasting to victory over the undermanned New York Knicks, 103-90, for their third straight win on Thursday (Friday, Manila time) at the Oracle Arena.
The Warriors had to fight off a valiant effort by the Knicks early, with New York trailing just by seven after the first quarter and were only behind by 10 near the midway point of the third before Golden State started pulling away with a 17-2 run to take a 83-58 lead.
The passing game was on point for the Warriors, with 26 assists at the half, and had 36 straight assisted field goals up until an Ian Clark floater to end the third quarter, with Golden State leading 88-66.
New York then made a late push behind reserves Willy Hernangomez, Ron Baker and Justin Holiday to get as close as 12, 98-86, with 2:01 remaining. But the Warriors bench proved capable in securing the win down the stretch.
Klay Thompson had 25 points in three quarters to lead Golden State to a 23-4 card. JaVale McGee started for the Warriors and finished with a season-high 17 markers. Kevin Durant was two assists short of a triple-double with 15 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists.
Steph Curry was held down to single digits with eight points but had 10 boards and eight dimes.
Draymond Green limited Kristaps Porzingis to eight markers on 4-of-13 shooting while chipping in five points to go with 11 rebounds and seven assists
Holiday led New York with 15 points and Baker added 13 off the bench. Brandon Jennings started for the injured Derrick Rose and chipped in 10 markers. The Knicks, who missed Carmelo Anthony due to a sore shoulder, fell to 14-12.
Before the game, Warriors coach Steve Kerr led a touching tribute to his former TNT colleague Craig Sager who succumbed to his battle with cancer Thursday.