Warriors Drop Knicks to 1-9 With 121-107 Rout

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November 13, 2009

NEW YORK — Stephen Jackson scored 23 points, three other players had 22, and the Golden State Warriors sent the New York Knicks to the worst 10-game start in franchise history with a 121-107 victory Friday night.

Monta Ellis, Kelenna Azubuike and Corey Maggette all had 22 for the Warriors, who easily improved to 1-1 on a five-game Eastern Conference road trip by shooting 58 percent from the field. Reserve C.J. Watson finished with 19.

Danilo Gallinari had 19 points and 10 rebounds in his first career double-double for the Knicks, who dropped their sixth straight and fell to 1-9. David Lee scored 17 points and former Warriors forward Al Harrington had 16.

A high-scoring affair was expected after they split two meetings last season, with New York winning 138-125 at home and the Warriors cruising to a 144-127 victory in California. Neither team was that sharp Friday, but Golden State was good enough to lead comfortably most of the game.

It was a rare easy night in a season of headaches for the Warriors, whom coach Don Nelson called a "very difficult team to coach so far" Friday morning. The turmoil began when Jackson said during the summer he wanted to be traded, naming the Knicks as one of his preferred destinations because of his relationship with Harrington.

He still wants out, but perhaps seeing the Knicks up close should make him think twice about wanting to come to New York.

Jackson and Ellis each scored 10 points in the first quarter, and Golden State shot 64 percent in opening a 32-26 lead. The Warriors found little to no resistance on their drives to the hoop throughout the first half, leading by as much as 16 and building a 66-52 cushion at the break.

The Knicks helped out by committing 13 turnovers that led to 23 points in the first half, with rookie Toney Douglas firing a pass over celebrity row on one possession.

Searching for any combinations that would work, New York coach Mike D'Antoni started seldom-used rookie Jordan Hill in the third quarter, then later went deep into his bench to give Darko Milicic a shot. The Knicks defended in the period, holding the Warriors to 7-of-21 shooting and pulling to 86-80 heading to the fourth.

Golden State then hit its first four shots, including 3-pointers by Anthony Morrow, Watson and Jackson, to push the lead back to 13 less than 2 minutes into the fourth and it was never close again.

Nate Robinson
returned after missing six games with a sprained right ankle.


Notes
Stephen Curry
, who started his first six games before coming off the bench in the last one, didn't get in until there was 1:05 left in the first half. Nelson joked that Curry, taken with the No. 7 pick, one before the Knicks would have picked him, wasn't a starter because he didn't have any tattoos. … One game after scoring a season-high 23 points in his first start, Douglas was a reserve again after feeling ill Thursday. … A delegation from the Afghan women's national youth development team attended the game. They also are scheduled to go to Washington and attend a Wizards game.

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