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Game Preview: Warriors vs. Knicks - 1/8/19

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ENTERING THE MIDPOINT OF THE SEASON
After splitting the last two games in dramatic fashion, the Warriors come home to host the Knicks on Tuesday night. The Dubs picked up a 128-100 win in New York back on October 26 when Kevin Durant dropped 25 points in the fourth quarter in which the Dubs outscored New York 47-16. The Warriors have won each of their last nine games against the Knicks, and a victory on Tuesday would mark the fifth straight sweep of the season series for the Dubs. In addition to it being the Knicks’ lone Bay Area appearance this season, Tuesday also marks Andre Iguodala Bobblehead Night on Warriors Ground, and the first 10,000 fans in attendance will receive the limited edition giveaway, courtesy of realtor.com.

LAST TIME OUT
The Warriors won a wild one in Sacramento, beating the Kings 127-123 on a night that saw the teams set an NBA 3-pointers record. » Full Game Recap

MATCHUP AT A GLANCE

GSW NYK
26-14 10-30
2nd in West 14th in East
PTS: 116.6 (3rd) PTS: 107.7 (23rd)
REB: 46.0 (11th) REB: 45.3 (13th)
AST: 28.1 (1st) AST: 19.9 (30th)

LAST GAME'S STARTERS
GSW: Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Kevon Looney
NYK: Emmanuel Mudiay, Tim Hardaway Jr., Kevin Knox, Noah Vonleh and Luke Kornet

INJURY & ROSTER NOTES
GSW: DeMarcus Cousins (left Achilles rehab), Damian Jones (left pectoral surgery) and Shaun Livingston (left knee soreness) are out. Team Notes
NYK: Frank Ntilikina (sprained left ankle), Kristaps Porzingis (left knee) and Mitchell Robinson (sprained left ankle) are out. Team Notes

MR. RELIABLE
If Kevin Durant scores at least 20 points on Tuesday, it would mark his 14th straight game with at least 20 points. That would tie his longest such streak as a Warrior, which ended two games before his current stretch began. To break it down further, Durant has scored at least 20 points in 27 of the team’s last 28 games. He recently became the 32nd player to eclipse 22,000 career points, but it is his assists that are making this one of the better all-around years of his career. The third leading scorer in the NBA this season, Durant is shooting better than 50 percent this season and averaging a career-best 6.2 assists.

TEAM LEADERS

GSW NYK
PTS: Curry (29.4) PTS: Hardaway Jr. (20.2)
REB: Green (7.9) REB: Kanter (10.8)
AST: Green (6.7) AST: Mudiay (4.1)

NEW YORK SCOUTING REPORT
The Knicks make their last visit to Oracle Arena on Tuesday on the back end of a back-to-back at the end of a six-game road trip. New York had lost eight straight games before picking up a win over the Lakers but have still lost 13 of their last 15 games heading into Monday’s game at Portland. Despite owning the league’s fourth worst record, the Knicks have no shortage of talent. The son of a former Warriors great, Tim Hardaway Jr. leads the team with 20.6 points per game, and rookie Kevin Knox is the reigning Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month. The 19-year-old small forward out of Kentucky averaged 17.1 points over December, ranking third among all NBA rookies. New York, however, is the league’s worst shooting team at 43.2 percent, but they’re also fifth in offensive rebounding so the Dubs will need to be sure to finish out defensive possessions by attacking the glass.

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