New York Knicks 63 Final

Recap | Box Score

92 Golden State Warriors
David Lee, PF 38 MIN | 7-15 FG | 7-8 FT | 10 REB | 8 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 21 PTS | +31The Florida product was a beast tonight. He attacked the Knicks’ frontline and made it look helpless against him. Anthony spent several parts of the game defending Lee and he didn’t have a chance. Quick fact: David Lee now has 23 games in which he’s accumulated at least 20 points and 10 rebounds. No one in the league has more.
Harrison Barnes, SF 16 MIN | 2-5 FG | 1-2 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 5 PTS | +14Much like the February 27th game at MSG, Barnes started the game by hacking Melo early and heading to the bench due to foul trouble. He bounced back in the third quarter by exploiting a mismatch against J.R. Smith. The Dubs ran the offense through him and he rewarded their faith by creating opportunities for himself and his teammates.
Andrew Bogut, C 23 MIN | 1-4 FG | 2-2 FT | 11 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | +35The Aussie struggled a bit with fouls tonight but he still kept Tyson Chandler off the boards and did a good job of changing shots at the rim. Offensively he looked a little uncomfortable for stretches but found ways to keep the ball flowing to his teammates.
Stephen Curry, PG 37 MIN | 9-18 FG | 2-2 FT | 6 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 26 PTS | +26At this point, Curry probably wishes he played the Knicks every night. He was a wizard with the ball in his hands and found creative ways to get shots off to take advantage of NY’s defense. He balled tonight.
Klay Thompson, SG 35 MIN | 9-18 FG | 1-2 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 3 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 23 PTS | +26Klay forced up maybe one or two shots but the rest of his looks were good if not great ones. He made the Knicks pay for rotating off him. Also, his defense on Carmelo Anthony was superb tonight.

Three Things We Saw

  1. The Warriors coaching staff asked Klay Thompson to defend Carmelo Anthony in this one and he did an exemplary job on the Syracuse product. Thompson forced him towards his help, fronted and fought for post position, resulting in Anthony catching the ball out on the perimeter as opposed to the low block.
  2. With New York struggling from behind the arc, Golden State double-teamed Melo off the ball in the low post with David Lee in the third quarter. Knowing full well that Jason Kidd would be reluctant to shoot, Lee was assigned to help on Anthony and then run out to contest Kidd’s shot whenever he received the ball and actually shot it. Kidd finished the night 0-for-3 from the field.
  3. The Knicks trapped Jarrett Jack once again tonight (they executed this perfectly the last time both teams played) and he struggled mightily with it. When New York brought the heat, Jack retreated, picked up his dribble and failed to find his safety valves.

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