Thursday, December 12, 2019
The New York Knicks currently have the longest losing streak in the league right now, losing for the tenth straight time last night against the Portland Trail Blazers. They will hope to avoid an eleventh straight loss as they battle the Golden State Warriors at the Chase Center. The Warriors are dealing with problems of their own as they won only one of their past six games played, sitting with a 5-20 record.
A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:
The New York Knicks and the Golden State Warriors have battled each other a grand total of 343 times in the past as the Knicks won 160 games while the Warriors went on to grab 183 victories.
New York Knicks:
-Reggie Bullock (cervical disc herniation)
-Wayne Ellington (Achilles; 4.3 PPG, 1.6 RPG, 0.9 APG, 32.1 FG%, 30.4 3P%)
-Ignas Brazdeikis (coach’s decision; 2.0 PPG, 0.7 RPG, 0.3 APG, 25.0 FG%, 12.5 3P%)
-Dennis Smith (illness; 5.4 PPG, 1.9 RPG, 2.7 APG, 31.8 FG%, 30.3 3P%)
-Allonzo Trier (coach’s decision; 8.0 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 1.3 APG, 50.9 FG%, 43.8 3P%)
-Kadeem Allen (G-League; 9.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 2.0 APG, 50.0 FG%, 75.0 3P%)
-Ivan Rabb (G-League)
Golden State Warriors:
-Stephen Curry (hand; 20.3 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 6.5 APG, 40.9 FG%, 24.3 3P%)
-Klay Thompson (ACL)
-Jordan Poole (coach’s decision; 7.9 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 2.0 APG, 25.8 FG%, 24.6 3P%)
-Alen Smailagic (G-League)
The New York team would have full control of the game in the first half as they shot fifty-eight percent from the field, holding the Warriors to just thirty-three percent. Marcus Morris got hot for 18 points while burying two three-pointers in the second quarter. Rookie shooting guard R.J. Barrett helped out with 16 points, six rebounds, two assists, and a steal.
Barrett also had two three-pointers in the second period while Julius Randle scored 10 points. Frank Ntilikina was kept to just two points while Taj Gibson was held scoreless. Texas-native Damyean Dotson played the most minutes off the bench but was kept scoreless, as well.
On the other end of the court, D’Angelo Russell dropped 15 points while drilling 3 three-pointers in the process. Glenn Robinson and Draymond Green combined for 15 points while Eric Paschall and Willie Cauley-Stein had two points each. Former Cavaliers’ Alec Burks played the most minutes off the bench but only had four points as the Knicks went into halftime with a 68-50 advantage.
The home team would make a comeback in the second half as they went on a 62-44 scoring run. During that run, Russell scored 13 points while hitting 3 three-pointers. Green chalked up seven points to go along three rebounds, seven assists, and two steals. Cauley-Stein and Robinson combined for eight points while Burks had 14 points off the bench.
As for the Knicks, Morris and Randle combined for 28 points while Gibson was still scoreless. Barrett was able to score four points while Ntilikina was held scoreless. Elfrid Payton played 16 minutes off the bench as he had six points.
The New York Knicks would have a three-point lead with five seconds left in regulation but their defense allowed Russell to drill a 23-foot three-pointer to tie the game up at 112 apiece. Payton attempted to answer back with a trey of his own but would end up missing as the game went into overtime.
Both teams would battle it out in overtime as the Knicks shot thirty-six percent while the Warriors shot thirty-three percent. Julius Randle had a three-pointer Barrett scored two points. Payton dropped four points off the bench as the Knicks came away with a 124-122 victory. Marcus Morris finished the game with a season-high 36 points, along with 10 rebounds, 3 assists, and a season-high-tying 3 steals. D’Angelo Russell had 32 points, 3 rebounds, 6 assists, and 2 steals.
The New York Knicks will stay on the West coast as they fight Buddy Hield (21.4 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 2.7 APG, 42.3 FG%, 37.2 3P%) and the Sacramento Kings (10-13) on Friday at 10:00 p.m. This will mark the second and final matchup between these two teams this season. The first meeting was on November 3 when the Knicks fell to the Kings, 113-92. De’Aaron Fox finished that game with 24 points, 2 rebounds, 6 assists, a steal, and a block while Marcus Morris had 28 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, and one block.
The Golden State Warriors will travel to Utah to take on Donovan Mitchell (24.7 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 3.6 APG, 43.8 FG%, 36.2 3P%) and the Utah Jazz (13-11) on Friday at 9:00 p.m. This will be the third of four times that they see each other this season. November 22 was the last time they met up as the Jazz crept away with a 113-109 win. During that game, Donovan Mitchell scored 30 points, grabbed 4 rebounds, dished out 4 assists and committed one steal while Alec Burks had 20 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, and 5 steals.