Despite a valiant comeback effort, the Warriors fell short Sunday night, losing to the visiting Knicks 89-84. With both Andrew Bogut and David Lee missing the game due to injury, Stephen Curry added to his list of impressive performances against New York with 32 points. Klay Thompson added 15 points and nine rebounds, while Andre Iguodala chipped in 12 points, five rebounds and six assists. The loss drops the Warriors record to 45-28 and concludes their season schedule against the Eastern Conference. Golden State looks to rebound on Tuesday when they take on the Mavericks in Dallas.
Mark Jackson
On the first half:
“We had breakdowns defensively, but they have guys that can score the basketball. When they get it going they are as good as anybody in the league at their position offensively. That second quarter hurt us. When you think about giving up 34 points in the second quarter and 33 in the second half. We got back to who we are, but that second quarter cost us the game. Disappointing.”
On why he thought they were unable to complete the comeback:
“We missed shots. We missed some free throws and we missed some wide open looks. That’s what happens when you put yourself in that position to have to make plays down the stretch. This game should have been won early by the way we started and set the tone. We gave them life. I don’t care who you are you are not always going to make plays down the stretch. Even the last play Steph (Stephen Curry) gets an open look and pump fakes and (Raymond) Felton gets back into the picture. The second quarter cost us the game. We dug ourselves a hole and credit to our guys we responded in the second half, but it was very uncharacteristic of us.”
On if he thought they got good looks despite shooting 35 percent:
“We got good looks. We missed some open threes, missed some drives. Steph (Stephen Curry) missed some shots; Klay (Thompson) missed some shots. You are going to make or miss shots, what caused us the game was giving up 34 points in the second quarter. That’s not our brand of defense. ”
On the upcoming road trip to Dallas and San Antonio:
“They are important. Playing against two good basketball teams. Every game is important for us. Two tough teams, two talented teams and two teams playing for something. We will regroup and look forward to taking care of business on the road.”
On playing to the level of their competition:
“I think we have lost some games to teams that we are better than. You look around this league Phoenix is down big to the Lakers in a must win situation. We’ve seen Dallas lose games-the only team that really has handled their business consistently has been the Spurs. They have separated themselves and that’s why they are the best in the business. We are developing and we certainly own the fact that we have lost some games that we should’ve won. When you look on that floor that is a more than capable New York team that has underachieved this year, but they have talent. Carmelo Anthony in the middle of the lineup can make it interesting against anybody.”
On what he felt went wrong on the defensive end in the second quarter:
“I’m not a guy where the numbers tell the results. I thought our bench came in and didn’t have the same impact. Even though the game was still close the tone had been set by the second unit and It hurt us. Offensively, defensively they got a rhythm and they closed out the half. Ultimately I think that’s what it was.”
Stephen Curry
On the final offensive possession:
“I turned around thinking I could probably shoot over the top of him and then I saw two guys in front of me. I haven’t seen the clip or anything. My read was I saw two guys and knew we had five seconds left so there was time to get a pass off. It was necessary. I just threw it a little bit too hard at Draymond. If I could do it over I would probably just try to find a way to shoot it regardless. I thought I’d make the right play and just didn’t connect. It was a tough way to end it.”
On not getting too high or low:
“Any loss in the end of March and April is tough. We’ve got to keep our heads up. We always say don’t get too down on nights like this when you still have 10 games to play to continue to figure it out. We didn’t get too high after the game on Friday against Memphis. Confidence is still high in this locker room. We didn’t plan on losing this game but great opportunity to go get two on the road against two good teams that are both still playing for something, obviously, at this point in the season. We’ve got to get our mojo back for Tuesday and Wednesday.”
Klay Thompson
On the game:
“It was a tough game all around. I felt like I didn’t play well at either end. It’s a tough one to swallow but we’ve just got to get to Dallas with our heads high and play with a sense of urgency and some confidence.”
On relying too much on Stephen Curry offensively:
“It was an ugly game on the offensive end for us; put too much pressure on Steph [Curry]. He came through like he always does, but that’s on us to make it easier on him—hit a few more shots, make a few more plays.”
Draymond Green
On the game:
“The second quarter definitely hurt us. We battled all the way back. I still like the way we fought. WE fought until the end and we actually did the necessary things it takes to win. We held them to I think 87 or 89 points or whatever it was. We should usually win in games like that. We missed some shots. At the end of the day we’re a no excuse basketball team and we’ve got to still find a way to come up with a win, especially at this point in the season. We’ve got to do whatever it takes. We fought and we’ll be fine.”
On physicality:
“It was definitely physical playing against Amar’e [Stoudemire] and Tyson [Chandler]. They are always banging and crashing the boards. You guard Melo (Carmelo Anthony) he tries to abuse you offensively. It was a very physical game being that I was matched up with guys bigger than me. I never mind that; I like the challenge.”
The Warriors are back at home Sunday to face the New York Knicks for the second and final matchup between the two teams this season. Golden State is looking to take the season sweep after they cruised to a 126-103 win at Madison Square Garden in late February. The Dubs have won the last 10 of 11 games at Oracle Arena against New York, but they will need to be rolling on all cylinders to hold off the recently hot Knicks. Tickets are still available, and the first 10,000 fans in attendance will receive a Warriors poster courtesy of Kingsford Capital. BUY TICKETS
The Warriors closed out a 100-93 win over the Memphis Grizzlies by outscoring them 14-0 over the game's final three minutes on Friday night. Stephen Curry scored 19 of his game-high 33 points in the second half, giving the Warriors their 45th win of the season. Marreese Speights recorded 15 points and eight assists in his first start with the Warriors as David Lee sat out with a strained right hamstring. The Warriors' bench, led by Draymond Green (12 points, nine rebounds) and Jermaine O'Neal (10 points, six rebounds), outscored the Grizzlies' bench 33-17 as Golden State improves to 18-6 when winning the battle of reserves this season. GAME RECAP
The Warriors will be hosting Twitter Takeover Night during Sunday's game. Throughout the season, the Warriors Twitter account has been invaded by a player from each of the major sports teams in the Bay Area. The Warriors will complete their season-long Twitter Takeover Series by hosting Oakland Athletics right fielder Josh Reddick (@joshreddick16), San Jose Sharks defenseman Jason Demers (@jasondemers5), entertainer & Bay Area native MC Hammer (@MCHammer) and one lucky fan who was chosen through a contest on warriors.com and Twitter. Each participant will provide a unique perspective of the game as it’s unfolding, while also interacting with fans who tweet or reply to @warriors on Twitter.
After posting a career-high 54-points on 2/27/13 at New York, Curry became just the second visiting player (LeBron James) since Madison Square Garden was moved to its present location in 1968 to post a 50-point game. Stephen Curry didn’t score 54 points like he did last year at MSG, but he did get a triple-double in the 126-103 road win over the Knicks in the late February matchup. Curry knocked down five 3-pointers compiling 27 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists, and he did not play in the fourth quarter. The Warriors have won 17 of their last 22 games against the Knicks (including seven of the last nine). In fact, the Warriors haven’t lost a season series to the Knicks since the 2000-01 campaign. Curry’s big impact against the Big Apple team is definitely something to look out for in Sunday’s meeting.
The Knicks will come into Sunday’s game on their four of five-game western road trip. New York started the month of March with an eight-game win streak, but have lost three-of-four of their most recent games. The Knicks have struggled most of the season, but not because of the lack of talent. All-Star Carmelo Anthony ranks second in the NBA in scoring (28.1 PPG), and is the NBA’s reigning scoring champion. As of late Amar’e Stoudemire has been in a groove lately, averaging 16.7 points and 5.9 rebounds in his last ten games. In the front office, the Knicks have made big changes to the roster. Last week the team announced basketball legend Phil Jackson will be joining New York as the team’s President. Jackson’s leadership and history of winning should have a long term positive effect on the Knicks, but won’t make much an impact this late in the season. The Warriors will look to take advantage of New York’s unproductive defense (fifth worst in defensive efficiency with 107.2 points allowed per 100 possessions) and get another win at Oracle.
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Injury Report
GSW: Andrew Bogut (pelvic contusion) and David Lee (strained right hamstring) are questionable. Festus Ezeli (recovery from right knee surgery) is out. Nemanja Nedovic and Ogjnen Kuzmic are on assignment with the Santa Cruz Warriors of the D-League.

NYK: Andre Bargnani (torn ligament, left elbow) and Kenyon Martin (sore left ankle) are out.