All-Star point guard Stephen Curry notched a triple-double in just 30 minutes of play to lead the Golden State Warriors to a 126-103 shellacking of the reeling New York Knicks
Curry scored 27 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and dished out 11 assists Friday night at Madison Square Garden, the third game this season that he has posted double-figure stats in three different categories.
The Warriors grabbed an 11-point lead at the end of the first quarter and pushed their advantage to 21 (73-52) at the close of the first half against the Knicks' porous defense.
Curry also had a big game last season at Madison Square Garden, scoring 54 points on 11-of-13 shooting from 3-point range, although the Warriors lost that contest 109-105.
In Friday night's game, shooting guard Klay Thompson also contributed 25 points and reserve center Jermaine O'Neal added 15 points for Golden State, which has won seven of its last 10 and currently stands in sixth place in the Western Conference standings with a record of 36-23.
The Knicks, who fell to 21-38 after losing their fifth straight game, were led by Carmelo Anthony's 26 points and 16 rebounds.
Reserve swingman Tim Hardaway Jr. added 22 and forward J.R. Smith pitched in with 17 points.
In other action Friday night in the NBA, Kyrie Irving's triple-double led the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 99-79 win over the Utah Jazz, the Oklahoma City Thunder snapped a three-game home losing streak by defeating the Memphis Grizzlies 113-107, and the Chicago Bulls continued their second-half push by topping the Dallas Mavericks 100-91.
The San Antonio Spurs cruised to a 92-82 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats, the Los Angeles Lakers made 19 of their 27 3-point attempts in a 126-122 win over the Sacramento Kings, and the Phoenix Suns topped the New Orleans Pelicans 116-104. EFE