Stephen Curry broke out of a shooting slump with 31 points and moved into the top 10 on the NBA's career 3-point list, and the Golden State Warriors bounced back from consecutive losses to beat the New York Knicks 112-105 on Sunday.
Klay Thompson added 29 points to help the Warriors end their first regular-season losing streak in nearly two years.
The Splash Brothers had dried up as Golden State dropped two in row following Kevin Durant's knee injury, but they regained their touch Sunday. Curry hit five 3-pointers, passing Chauncey Billups for 10th place, and added eight rebounds and six assists.
Thompson had a 3-pointer and two other baskets during a late surge that allowed Golden State to pull away after leading by one midway through the fourth quarter.
Derrick Rose scored 28 points, and Kristaps Porzingis had 24 points and 15 rebounds for the Knicks. >> Read more
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The Warriors had a rough first half, but it was in no part thanks to the Knicks' defense. Instead, the streaky offense of both Curry and Thompson gave way to a New York lead at one point in the first half. It would be easy to draw a conclusion that the Knicks would get blown out in a game like this. In true expected fashion, Curry and Thompson awoke like sleeping giants and made it rain during the second half. The two combined for 60 points on 41 percent shooting from deep and 13 of 15 from the charity stripe. So much for a shooting slump.
New York's ability to stay alive in this game wasn't only due to the superstar duo's slow start. Instead, the Knicks received fantastic play from their new look point guard tandem. Rose played to his strengths, attacking the basket and looking for his own offense throughout. He kept Curry on his toes and went to the free throw line 11 times. Such explosiveness around the rim is what makes Rose such a difficult player to stop; he simply doesn't do it often enough. As for Ron Baker, the newly-minted Knicks backup, he ignited the home crowd with some hard-nosed defense. The youngster clogged up the Warriors' offense more than once, which is an accomplishment in itself. On offense, Baker imitated Rose with a nice up-and-under layup in second half. He boasted a team-best +10 in the game.