Durant, Warriors score 47 in the fourth as the defending champs quiet the Knicks 128-100
The Knicks held on to the defending champions for no more than three quarters before Kevin Durant put up a show on his own, scoring 25 of his total 41 points in the last act to help his team comeback in style marching over New York 128-100.
Durant shot 10-13 in the last quarter and the crowd, who dreams on him becoming a Knick next season, just loved it. Earlier this week, a huge bilboard featuring Durant and Kristaps Porzingis with the message “Can you make NY sports great again?” was displayed on a building close to Madison Square Garden.
The former Sonic was impressed with the energy and felt great at MSG.
“You just take that energy in, and let your instincts take over. It was great. It’s always great in here.”
– Kevin Durant
With three changes in the starting lineup, the young Knicks had a competitive game keeping the score tied at halftime and even took a 7 point lead in the third before KD and the Warriors shifted gears.
Mitchell Robinson, Noah Vonleh and Damyean Dotson were inserted into the starting lineup as coach Fizdale already told after a previous loss that he might still adjust the starting five. Vonleh and Robinson had 7 points each while Dotson finished with 12 buckets and 7 boards.
Tim Hardaway Jr. led the Knicks with 24 but the nice surprise came from young Frank Ntilikina who played one of his best games, shining in offence with 17 points shooting 6-11 from the field.
Trey Burke led the bench with 15 points and Enes Kanter collected 13 rebounds.
For the Warriros, Steph Curry had 29 and Draymond Green addeed 18.
The Knicks (1-5) dropped their fifth game in a row, being unable to win a game since the opener against the Hawks and will host the 2-3 Nets on Monday night.
The Warriors on the other hand, improved 5-1.