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New York Knicks vs. Golden State Warriors: Live Score and Analysis

USA Today
Matthew SchmidtFeatured ColumnistMarch 30, 2014

J.R. Smith scored 21 points, Carmelo Anthony added 19 and the New York Knicks climbed out of an early hole to beat the short-handed Golden State Warriors, 89-84, Sunday night to keep pace in the Eastern Conference playoff picture.

The Warriors were without David Lee (hamstring) and Andrew Bogut (pelvic contusion).

Golden State jumped out to a 12-point lead early in the second quarter only to see the Knicks end up outscoring it 34-12 in the period. New York took a 56-44 lead into halftime, a lead it would hold for most of the rest of the way.

Stephen Curry tied the score at 81 with a three-pointer at the 2:42 mark of the fourth quarter, but the Warriors never led in the second half. Curry finished with 32 points, but committed a costly turnover on the Warriors' final possession of the game, throwing the ball away with his team down 87-84 with five seconds left.

Curry received limited help from his teammates, with only two other Golden State players scoring in double figures. Klay Thompson had 15 points, but shot only 6-of-18. Andre Iguodala had 12, doing most of his damage at the free-throw line where he went 9-for-10.

The Knicks were able to overcome a subpar effort from Anthony, who spent much of the first half in foul trouble. He shot 7-of-21 from the floor and missed his first five shots of the fourth period. However, he hit a big jumper to put New York up 85-81 with 1:23 remaining.

The Knicks held the Warriors to 35.4 percent shooting.

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