News ID: 237114
Published: 1153 GMT January 09, 2019

Thompson scores 43, Warriors beat Knicks to snap home skid

Thompson scores 43, Warriors beat Knicks to snap home skid
Warriors' Klay Thompson (L) lays up a shot ahead of Knicks' Damyean Dotson during an NBA game AT Oracle Arena in Oakland, CA, the US, on January 8, 2019.

Klay Thompson scored 43 points with seven three-pointers, Stephen Curry had his first double-double of the season with 14 points and a season-best 14 assists, and the Golden State Warriors snapped a rare three-game home losing streak by beating the cold-shooting New York Knicks 122-95 on Tuesday night.

Kevin Durant added 24 points, six rebounds and six assists while Draymond Green had 11 rebounds and 10 of his team’s 36 assists as the Warriors pulled away late in the first half to get back on a winning track at Oracle Arena, The Associated Press reported.

Thompson hit five of his first seven shots and had 12 points by the end of the first, finishing 18-of-29 from the floor — seven-for-16 from long range — and notching his second game with at least 40 points after going off for 52 at Chicago on October 29.

Mario Hezonja scored 19 points for the Knicks, who shot 39.8 percent (35-of-88). Enes Kanter added 12 points and 16 rebounds.

The Warriors ended the first half on a 13-0 run over the final 2:47 of the first half to turn a 49-48 deficit into a 61-49 lead at the break.

The skid at home matched the longest at Oracle Arena during Steve Kerr’s five seasons as coach.

“I think all great teams have a really good record at home, just kind of the way it is, so we need to re-establish ourselves this week at Oracle,” Kerr said.

Golden State won its 10th straight against New York and fifth in a row at home, and this marked the Knicks’ final visit to Oracle Arena before the two-time defending champion Warriors move across the bay to new arena Chase Center starting next season.

Curry hit 10 three-pointers on the way to 42 points in Saturday’s 127-123 win at Sacramento, moving him into fourth place on the all-time three-point list. He had three more Tuesday to reach 2,280, two shy of matching Jason Terry (2,282) for third all-time.


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