As the second half of the NBA Regular 2014-15 season rolls on this past Saturday the 14th of Mar. 2015 we saw the 2nd game of a 2 game series between the New York Knicks 13-52 (5th Atlantic Division) playing the Golden State Warriors 52-13 (1st Pacific Division) and the game was played at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California and the tip-off was at 10:30 PM ET with some 19,596 fans in attendance and the game lasted 2 hours and 4 minutes.
The scoring in this game except for the 1st quarter was all led by the Warriors of Golden State. In the 1st quarter of the game the N.Y. Knicks outscored the Warriors 27-26. In the 2nd quarter the Warriors apparently found their scoring ability as they outscored the Knicks by 18 points as the score was 47-25, and the game went to half-time with Golden State 73 Knicks 52 and N.Y. went to half with a 21 points deficit and to start the 2nd half of the game.
In the 3rd quarter again the Warriors outscored the Knicks by 17 points and the 3rd quarter ended with the Warriors 111 and the Knicks 73 and the Knicks now trailing in the game by 38 points going into the start of the 4th quarter. In the 4th quarter it appeared as the Warriors sit down and let the Knicks do the scoring as they outscored the Warriors 21 -14 in the 4th but that turned out to be too little, too late as Golden State won the game 125 and New York 94 still losing the game by some 31 points.
The 5 leading performances in this game for the Knicks of New York came from center-Bargnani-18 points 3 rebounds 2 assists 2 blocks, guard-Shved-14 points 4 rebounds 5 assists 3 steals 1 block, guard-Hardaway Jr.-13 points 4 rebounds 3 assists, guard-Galloway-10 points 3 rebounds 2 assists 2 steals and guard-Early-10 points and 4 rebounds.
The top 5 performances for the Warriors of Golden State came from guard-Thompson-27 points 2 rebounds 2 assists, guard-Curry-25 points 3 rebounds 11 assists 3 steals. Guard-Holiday-13 points 4 rebounds 2 steals 1 block off the bench, forward-Green-12 points 7 rebounds 5 assists 5 steals and forward-10 points 4 rebounds 2 assists and 1 block.
The team statistics for the same categories was; Knicks with 51 rebounds 25 assists 6 steals 10 blocks 15 turnovers Warriors 42 rebounds 34 assists 12 steals 6 blocks 9 turnovers
Looking at the team statistics for scoring in this game, the Knicks scored 94 points as they attempted 96 field goals completing 38 for 39% completion, then on 3-pointers they made 9 of 25 for 36%, and on foul shots they made 9 of 16 for a 56 % completion rate. On the other side the Warriors scored the winning 125 points as they attempted 90 field goals completing 49 for 50% completion, then on 3-pointers they made 19 of 34 for 55% completion, and on foul shots they made 16 of 17 for a 94% completion rate.
This game happened to fall on the Birthday of guard Stephen Curry who celebrated his 27th birthday with some 25 points and 11 assists and the fans serenaded him with the Happy Birthday song during a timeout. The Warriors scored 73 points in the 1st half of this game and that is the most points scored in any game in the 1st half of a game this NBA season. Thus with Curry’s double-double on his 27th birthday he joins LeBron James and Oscar Robertson as the only players in NBA History to do that.