Was Don Nelson back on the bench for the Warriors on Friday night? No, Nellie wasn’t there, and neither was David Lee, whom the Warriors missed tremendously as the Knicks scored at will en route to a 125-119 win over G’State, handing the Warriors their first home loss of the season.
Behind a career night from Raymond Felton, New York scored 41 points in the 2nd quarter, en route to a 72-59 halftime lead. The lead would grow to as much as 18 points, before a furious 4th quarter rally by Stephen Curry, Reggie Williams and the home team cut the lead down to two, 114-112. Golden State would get no closer thanks to Danilo Gallinari, who scored all 11 of his 4th quarter points in a crucial span of 3 minutes and two seconds to finish with 23 points total.
Felton dominated his matchup with Curry in the first half, finishing the night with a career high 35 points on 13-17 shooting and adding 11 assists as well.
Curry responded after the break, scoring 20 of his 29 points in the 2nd half, but the Warriors had no inside presence with Lee sitting out another game because of an infected elbow.
The former Knick returned to New York earlier this month to a rousing ovation, and left with a win in hand. But he hasn’t played since thanks to an inadvertent gnashing of his elbow by Wilson Chandler. The elbow got infected and has had to be cleaned twice by a surgical procedure since the original injury took place on the 10th of November.
Amare Stoudemire had his way with the Warriors big men hitting on 10 of his 12 shots and finishing with a double-double: 26 points and 11 boards. But it was former Warrior Ronny Turiaf who really sparked the Knicks in the 3rd quarter showing why he was a fan favorite during his brief time in Oakland. Turiaf scored 7 points, but dished out 8 assists as well from the pivot.
All of this overshadowed another stellar performance from Monta Ellis who scored a game-high 40 points in a losing effort. It’s the 6th time in his career Ellis has scored 40 or more in a game.
The final score reminded Warrior fans of what it was like the last two years Nelson was the head coach. Lots of points, and lots of losses. David Lee, hurry back.
About the Author
Written by Scott Johnston
Scott Johnston is a longtime Sports TV Producer/Writer from Los Angeles who now lives just outside of Boston. After a long career at KCAL-TV in L.A., where Scott covered such things as Kirk Gibson’s HR, Hank Gathers death, and Magic Johnson’s retirement, NBA ll-Star Game MVP performance and subsequent return to the NBA. His favorite team is the Oakland A’s and whomever happens to be playing the Yankees, USC or the Cowboys on that particular day. Scott left his staff position at KCAL and formed his own small production company in 1996 while continuing to freelance there and at other stations, including WTTG in DC for two years. His company, ProTVSports, started out covering one team during Spring Training in 1997 but now covers six of the Cactus League teams. He also covers tennis and golf events during the year and has had the privilege of covering 5 NBA Finals, including two of the last three. Scott loves all sports, but considers baseball to be his favorite. He loves politcs, reading, movies and his wife and two daughters—not in that order!