Michael Beasley scored a team-high 21 points, but the Knicks came up short in a 123-112 loss to the Warriors in Oakland on Tuesday night.
Playing without Kristaps Porzingis and Kyle O'Quinn, New York came out of the gate surprisingly well against the defending national champions and held the Warriors to 21 first-quarter points at Oracle Arena.
Courtney Lee started the game 5-for-5 from the field and finished with 20 points, five rebounds and two assists. The Knicks lead by as many as 10 points in the second quarter. However, the third and fourth quarters were another story, as Golden State picked up its defense in the second half.
The Knicks shot 51.8 percent from the field on the night and 40.9 percent from beyond the arc. Lance Thomas and Willy Hernangomez both scored eight points off the bench. Thomas shot 2-for-4 from 3-point land and also contributed five rebounds. Hernangomez enjoyed some more playing time and shot 3-for-4 from the field, but struggled defensively in 18 minutes of game time.
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Without Kristaps Porzingis and Kyle O'Quinn, there was close to a zero percent chance of the Knicks winning this game. Surprisingly, the Knicks kept it a fairly close until the fourth quarter, even having a one point lead at the half. The Warriors then finished in style as they usually do, maintaining a double digit lead to close it out. The Warriors are too good for the Knicks at full strength, so winning without their franchise player and sixth man would be impossible.
The Knicks are now six games under .500 and a miserable 6-18 on the road. They are 3.5 games behind the Sixers for the final playoff spot. They are hanging by a thread for the final playoff spot, but the season is clearly slipping away from them. With the NBA trade deadline two weeks away (Feb. 8), the Knicks should explore whatever trades make sense for them. They should listen to what they can get for Courtney Lee, Kyle O'Quinn, and Lance Thomas. If they can find a way to get Kemba Walker without giving up a ton, they should do it. It's reached the point where it's time to see what you have in Frank Ntilikina, Trey Burke, Willy Hernangomez, and Ron Baker. Give them significant minutes.
The Knicks head to Denver for a matchup with the Nuggets on Thursday at 9 p.m.