The Warriors were the better team all night and should have beaten the Knicks more comfortably. The W's led by as much as 19 in the third quarter after converting on sloppy Knicks turnovers. The Knicks came back with a 15-0 run to get right back in the game.
In the fourth quarter, the referees forgot that fans pay money to see the players decide the game and went crazy with the whistle. The Knicks realized the refs would call any hint of contact and drove the ball inside. The Warriors couldn't whisper in a New York player's ear without incurring a whistle. The Warriors (with the help of the refs) sent the Knicks to foul line 43 times where they were remarkably effective and cashed in 38 times (88 percent).
A loss would have been hugely disappointing after working to build that 19 point lead, but this team deserves major credit for fighting through the fouls and finding a way to win. As Warriors telecaster Jim Barnett says, "defense travels well".
Monta Ellis didn't play to his high standards, but it was amazing he was able to be on the floor at all after the injury to his lower back he sustained Monday night. David Lee busted out with a team high 28 points and pulled 10 boards. Steph Curry scored 25, Dorell Wright scored 15 points off 3-5 three point shooting, Biedrins scored 10, Reggie Williams scored 12, and Brandan Wright 7.
Keith Smart has to be pleased with two road wins. The Warriors have played good team defense and rebounded as a team. They have also been patient in the half court offense and shown good shot selection. On the other hand, they must find a way to foul less and limit turnovers.
It's early in the season, but the Warriors look like they deserve to be in the playoff conversation and they'll only be better when the get Ekpe Udoh and Louis Amundson. If they can beat the Bulls tomorrow, it will already be a winning road trip.