It was a night the Knicks desperately needed their All-Star to perform. Instead, he didn't even suit up.
Named an All-Star reserve last night, Kristaps Porzingis sat out of the Knicks-Warriors matchup with a sore ankle. The Warriors -- who added two All-Star reserves in Klay Thompson and Draymond Green to go along with starters Stephen Curry (who is the West's captain) and Kevin Durant -- pulled away late on their home floor, 123-112.
The Knicks got off to another hot start in the first quarter, eventually finishing with a 10-point lead. However, the Warriors crawled there way back into things as per usual, but New York ran into the locker room with a lead. It was one that SG Courtney Lee knew should have been bigger.
"We didn't close out that second quarter the right way," Lee told Newsday's Anthony Rieber. "The first 18 minutes, I felt we played good basketball. It's tough, man, when they get it going. We got lucky a little bit in the first half. They were missing open shots. Then in the second half, those shots they were missing went down."
Golden State came out in the second half looking like their normal team with All-Star captain PG Stephen Curry leading the way. He finished with 32 points on 9-for-19 shooting, including 8-for-15 from beyond the arc. The Warriors notched their first lead of the game midway through the third quarter, and they wouldn't lose it after that.
The Knicks may have fought back, but the Warriors did what they do best and closed out the game.
"At the beginning of the game, we did a good job of controlling the pace," head coach Jeff Hornacek said. "You don't want to play their type of game and try to go up and down in the running game. I thought we did a good job in the early part of the game. Then Curry got hot in the second half making threes. The guys played hard. They're just a tough team."
Michael Beasley led the Knicks in Porzingis' absence, as he has done in the past. He tallied 21 points on 8-of-15 shooting with four rebounds and four assists. Courtney Lee and Enes Kanter saw 20 and 16 points respectively, while Tim Hardaway Jr. notched 11 points in a full 34-minute span.
The Knicks still have two more games on their six-game West Coast trip, which has only seen one win go to New York. They will look to change that against the Nuggets on Thursday before heading to Phoenix to face the Suns.