The Golden State forward recorded a triple-double and hit all of his
shots from the floor -- a feat last accomplished by Chamberlain --
and the Warriors rolled to a 116-95 win over the New York Knicks on
Sunday at Madison Square Garden.
"If it happens, it happens," said Green, who scored 20 points,
grabbed 10 rebounds and dished out 10 assists while making all nine
field-goal attempts. "I have never been a numbers guy. What makes
this team special is that we share the ball. We don't care about the
Golden State is all about the wins, and the team completed its best
January ever, finishing 14-2.
The Warriors (44-4) defeated their opponents by an average of 15.2
points in the month, and they are tied with the 1966-67 Philadelphia
76ers for the best record in NBA history through 48 games.
Green posted his ninth triple-double of the season, tying Tom Gola's
single-season franchise record.
"(Green) doesn't really have a position, that is how unique his game
is," Warriors guard Klay Thompson said.
Thompson registered his ninth 30-plus-point performance,
accumulating 34 points on 14-of-18 shooting.
Warriors guard Stephen Curry, the league's top scorer, tossed in
just 13 points, shooting 5-for-17 from the floor. With his team
maintaining a double-digit lead, he played sparingly in the fourth
Golden State notched at least 30 assists for the seventh consecutive
game, distributing 31.
"That's what we do," Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. "We want to
move the ball. We have a very skilled roster of play-makers and
shooters, and they're committed to each other and they're
Forward Carmelo Anthony topped the Knicks (23-27) with 24 points and
10 rebounds for his 13th double-double of the season. Rookie forward
Kristaps Porzingis added 14 points.
Curry gave the Warriors a 92-76 cushion with his third 3-pointer of
the night with 7:28 left in the game.
Thompson was instrumental in a 9-3 run that put the Warriors ahead
82-65 heading into the fourth quarter, scoring five points in that
"We have great basketball minds out there," Thompson said. "It is
kind of a subconscious team. We don't verbalize it. It is chemistry
... years of playing and trusting each other."
The Warriors opened the third quarter by outscoring New York 12-6 to
extend their lead to 67-55. Thompson led the charge with seven
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A 5-0 boost near the end of the second moved the Warriors' lead to
55-46. Golden State shot a sizzling 82 percent (14-for-17) from the
floor in the quarter for its best shooting mark in a quarter this
"I thought they went to another level of intensity," Knicks coach
Derek Fisher said of the Warriors' 37-point effort in the second
quarter. "They got to a level they are capable of getting to and
created some separation."
Golden State erased a 31-30 Knicks lead with a 10-2 run for a 40-33
edge with 5:07 to play in the second quarter. Thompson scored eight
of his 17 second-quarter points in the burst.
A 7-0 run by the Warriors, with four points coming from Thompson,
tied it at 27-27. Guard Shaun Livingston's 3-pointer gave Golden
State a 30-29 lead with 7:43 remaining in the second.
Anthony scored 11 first-quarter points to help the Knicks take a
20-18 lead. The Warriors committed eight turnovers in the quarter,
two each from Curry and Thompson, in their lowest scoring first
quarter of the season.
Curry endured a rough start after putting on a dribbling and
shooting exhibition before the game. He missed five of his first six
jump shots and turned the ball over twice in the first nine minutes.
NOTES: Warriors G Klay Thompson has scored at least 30 points in
three consecutive games for the third time in his career. ... Golden
State C Andrew Bogut had 12 rebounds, his 11th game with at least 10
boards this season. ... Warriors F Andre Iguodala went over the
12,000-point mark in the second quarter. ... Knicks PG Jose Calderon
missed his third consecutive game due to a sore groin. ... C Festus
Ezeli (sore left knee) and F James Michael McAdoo (sprained toe)
were out for Golden State. ... Warriors PG Stephen Curry hit three
3-pointers Sunday, adding to his own record for most 3-pointers in a
month (81). He scored a career-best 54 points against the Knicks in
2013. ... Golden State recorded a season-high 60 points in the paint
against Philadelphia on Saturday. ... Comedian Jerry Seinfeld and
Mets pitcher Matt Harvey were among the celebrities at courtside.
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