OAKLAND—The Golden State Warriors defeated the New York Knicks 103-90 on Thursday, December 15.
Klay Thompson scored a game-high 25 points and grabbed five rebounds and four assists for the Warriors, who have won 8 of their last 10 games. Kevin Durant added 15 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists, while Steph Curry contributed eight points, 10 rebounds and eight assists; JaVale McGee recorded 17 points.
The Warriors shared the ball well throughout, with their first 36 field goals all comings off assists. Despite their efficient passing performance, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr was unhappy with his team in several other areas.
“I didn’t think there was much purpose to anything we did, at either end of the floor,” Kerr said after the game. “We moved the ball because our guys are instinctive with that and unselfish, and enjoy playing the game together, so the ball movement was good, but [we had] no purpose offensively. Very little interest defensively.”
Justin Holiday led the Knicks with 15 points and three assists off the bench while Ron Baker added 13 points. New York was without starters Carmelo Anthony (shoulder) and Derrick Rose (back), who sat the game out with injuries.
The Knicks are 14-12 overall, and will travel to Colorado for a meeting with the Denver Nuggets on Saturday, December 17.
Golden State has a league-best record of 23-4, 1 1/2 games ahead of the second place San Antonio Spurs. The Warriors will continue a three-game home stand with a matchup against the Portland Trailblazers on Saturday, December 17.