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News » Warriors go rotten in losing big in Garden

Warriors go rotten in losing big in Garden

Warriors go rotten in losing big in Garden
NEW YORK The numbers are downright astounding. The Warriors minus swingman Stephen Jackson because of an sprained left wrist topped 120 points, shot nearly 46 percent from the field and had three players score at least 20.

And they lost by double digits.

Golden State's offensive success, which was a marked improvement over Friday's showing in Cleveland, was trumped handily by its porous defense. The New York Knicks appeared to be toying with the Warriors like they were playing the beginner level on NBA 2K8. To be sure, the stats from the Warriors' 138-125 loss at Madison Square Garden on Saturday were straight out of a video game.

Knicks point guard Chris Duhon set a franchise record for assists in a game with 22, one more than the previous mark set by Rich Guerin in 1959. Forward David Lee established career highs with 37 points and 21 rebounds in 38 minutes, making him the first Knick to record at least 30 points and 20 rebounds since Patrick Ewing in 1994. New York's 82 first-half points were the most scored every by any team at Madison Square Garden.

And the proverbial slap in the face? Former Warriors forward Al Harrington, in his first meeting against his old squad, went for 36 and 12.

"It was bad," center Andris Biedrins said after totaling 16 points, seven rebounds, five blocks and five steals. "It was just embarrassing. Eighty-two points (by) halftime. I don't know. I don't remember when somebody scored 82 points on us in a half."

Jackson had to sit and watch because his wrist swelled to the point of immobility. He wore a brace on his left wrist. His knuckles were also swollen on his ring and middle finger. Jackson told his teammates that tests revealed no broken bones and he needed to sit out until the swelling went down. He is day-to-day, according to a Warriors official.

Jackson, expressing his frustration for having to sit out for what sounds like a minor injury, characterized it as some of the worst pain he's experienced. But watching his team get manhandled almost assuredly ranked up there.

Saturday's meltdown was an exclamation point on a brutal road trip. The Warriors lost all five games during this East Coast swing, pushing their losing streak to six games. They trailed by as much as 20 in four of the games, including by 24 in the second half Saturday.

"It's tough," said swingman Corey Maggette, who had 32 points and 12 rebounds. "I've been in this situation my whole career where you lose and keep losing, you know. I'm not going to give up. I hope no one else does. I know Steve is not going to give up, if nothing else, and AB. So we just need to stay together. That's the biggest thing."

The Warriors didn't give up Saturday. They got back into the game with an 8-2 run late in the third quarter, cutting the Knicks lead to 102-90 with 3:57 left on consecutive 3-pointers by Warriors guards C.J. Watson and Jamal Crawford and a runner by Biedrins. But the Knicks closed the quarter on a rebuttal run. Duhon nailed a jumper and assisted on three of the next five baskets as New York took a 116-96 lead into the fourth quarter.

The Warriors chipped away at the lead again, getting 11 straight points by Crawford (21 points, 10 rebounds, five assists) to cut the Knicks lead to 129-119. Moments later, a Kelenna Azubuike free throw pulled the Warriors to within 132-123.

But the defense receded once more. Duhon and Lee worked their pick-and-roll again, leading to two Lee free throws. Then Duhon nailed a jumper and Harrington sealed the deal with an emphatic putback dunk.

"Wow, what a player. I've been watching him on film and seen how good he is. Seeing him in person is yet another story. The guy's got the whole package. He looked like Steve Nash out there," said Warriors coach Don Nelson.

Of course he did. He was playing on the easy level.

Contact Marcus Thompson II at 138, Warriors 125next game: Monday, vs. Heat, 7:30 p.m.

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