Stephen Curry didn’t get 54 points like he did last year at Madison Square Garden, but he did get a triple-double in Friday’s 126-103 road win over the Knicks. Curry had 27 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists, and he did not play in the fourth quarter. The All-Star guard knocked down five 3-pointers, as did fellow Splash Brother Klay Thompson, who finished with 25 points. The Warriors built a big lead early and maintained the double digit advantage throughout, shooting better than 50 percent for the majority of the game. Winners of five of six games since the All-Star Break, the Warriors will continue their Eastern Conference road trip when they visit the Raptors on Sunday afternoon.
Mark Jackson
On tonight's game:
“It is all about winning ball games so to me, as a Coach, it doesn’t matter who we play or where we play…we are trying to put a ‘W’ in a win column. It was all about getting back on track.”
On Stephen Curry:
“He is an incredible basketball player…he is unselfish. He showed his versatility. Tonight he did an outstanding job of running the show, picking and choosing his spots, and making his teammates better…something he has been doing all year long.”
Stephen Curry
On tonight's game:
“We didn’t play our best in Chicago. It was a big opportunity to come out and correct that and we did that from the start. We withstood their mini runs. It was a good 48-minute point performance.”
On his 11 rebounds:
“Tyson (Chandler) and Melo (Carmelo Anthony) are rebounding the ball like crazy so it was up to the guards to come back and rebound the ball and we did that.”
On playing at Madison Square Garden:
“It is one of those arenas with history and you look forward to play here. To get a win this year is bigger than any stats. To play well and impact the game the way I wanted to definitely felt great. I am glad we got the win.”
On his triple-double:
“It is pretty special. I haven’t had one since my rookie year before this year started. I am trying to impact the game in different areas.”
Klay Thompson
On tonight's game:
“I could have had a better one…it felt great to put up 126 points. We played well defensively. I thought we got back to what we do well and it is huge going into playing a good Toronto team.”
On the bench:
“The bench played so well…it was good to see them go out there and hold it out. They all played with poise tonight. We are going to need them…they are as important as the starters.”
After hitting a roadblock in Chicago, the Warriors look to return to their winning ways on Friday when they continue their six-game road trip against the New York Knicks. This will be the first of this season’s two meetings between the two teams, and the Warriors have fared quite well in the Big Apple in recent history, winning seven of their last 11 games in New York City. In fact, the Warriors haven’t lost a season series with the Knicks since the 2000-01 campaign. After splitting their first two games of the trip, the Warriors will look to take advantage of a subpar opponent in terms of wins and losses, and it will important to just that considering their next set of opponents, Toronto and Indiana, are currently two of the top three teams in the East.
The Warriors just didn’t have it on Wednesday night as they fell to the Bulls in Chicago 103-83. The Dubs held the Bulls to a respectable 45 percent shooting, but only managed to shoot 36 percent from the field themselves. That, combined with losing the rebound and turnover battle, proved to be the difference in the game. Golden State was paced by Jordan Crawford, whose 16 points led the team. David Lee, who returned to action after missing two games with the flu, scored 11 points off the bench, while Andre Iguodala has a solid all-around game with five points, seven rebounds and four assists. The loss brings an end to the Warriors’ four-game win streak and drops their record to 35-23. GAME RECAP
The spotlight tends to shine a little brighter in New York City, and nowhere is that more true than on the hallowed grounds of Madison Square Garden. One of the most historic venues in all of sports, things that take place there are magnified to a great degree and live on in cultural lore. With that in mind, all eyes will be on Stephen Curry when he takes the floor on Friday. In the Warriors’ last appearance at the Garden, Curry came through with 54 points. It was career-high for Curry, the 2012-13 NBA season-high for points in a single game and it may have been the launching point for Curry’s superstardom. Even though Curry was a household name among basketball fans before that, that single performance certainly increased his star power, and since then Curry has put together a brilliant postseason performance, become an NBA All-Star for the first time and starred in several commercials on the national level. That certainly puts some pressure on Curry, but he has traditionally been one to step in bigger moments, and he’ll certainly have no shortage of motivation, as he’s coming off a game in which he shot just 2-for-10 from the field for a season-low matching five points and five assists (one off his season-low).
Always a subplot when the Warriors play at Madison Square Garden is the return of David Lee. The two-time All-Star spent the first five seasons of his NBA career with the Knicks, and his blue-collar work ethic and consistent production won over a New York crowd that’s not typically known for being one of compassion. Coincidentally, Lee has only played at the Garden as a visitor once in his career. In his first season of the Warriors, Lee had 28 points and 10 rebounds in a November game in 2010. It was quite the homecoming for Lee, only it came at a cost, as then Knicks forward Wilson Chandler had a tooth lodged into Lee’s elbow. The wound later became infected and Lee wound up sitting out the next eight games. Lee returned to action on Wednesday after missing the previous two games, and there’s no question he’ll be looking to leave the Big Apple with a better taste in his mouth this time.
The Knicks will come into Friday’s game after having losing in Miami on Thursday night. New York has now lost 10 of their last 12 games, a run that includes a devastating home defeat after a Dirk Nowitzki game-winner bounced around the rim a few times before going in as time expired. Although New York has struggled this season, the Knicks have been a fun team to watch, mainly because of Carmelo Anthony. The perennial All-Star ranks second in the NBA in scoring (28.3 ppg), and he’s been a quite a binge as of late with 35-plus points in five of his last seven games. Those incredible numbers, however, haven’t translated to victories, as New York has won just once in that stretch. From the front office to legal issues, the Knicks have dealt with their fair share of issues in recent weeks, but they do pose a threat as long as Anthony is in the lineup. The Warriors, however, will look to take advantage of New York’s less-than-stellar defense (fourth worst in defensive efficiency – 106.6 points allowed per 100 possessions) and get back above .500 on this trip.
Injury Report
GSW:Festus Ezeli (recovery from right knee surgery) and Nemanja Nedovic (left hamstring strain/right foot inflammation) are out.

NYK: Iman Shumpert (sprained left knee), Adnrea Bargnani (torn ligament, left elbow), and Kenyon Martin (sore left ankle) are out.