Steve Kerr on Thursday praised Tom Thibodo’s Knicks as a “typical Thibs team”, saying they are “defending like crazy”, while building “a foundation” that would eventually lead to a winning ballclub. Are missing as.
Such strong words from the three-time NBA Championship coach meant so much when the Knicks opened the four-game Western swing with a 119–104 win over Kerr’s Warriors in San Francisco. It was his third straight defensively strong win – skid defeat after five games – even his record at 8-8.
“It means we have a lot of work to do. We can’t feel good, we continue to work, “said Thibodo after the game. “It’s a long season. You have to proceed step by step. There are some things that we have done well. We have registered some good wins. But we also have some games where we can play much better.
“So we have to be honest with ourselves and know that a lot of work has to be done and we are capable of doing better and doing a lot better. This is our challenge. “
RJ Barrett scored 18 of his career-high 28 points in the first half, while Julius Randle continued his All-Star resume with his second triple-double of the season (16 points, 17 rebounds and nine assists) Kept.
“We just worry about that … and we feel in every game that we should win the game or give ourselves a chance to win the game,” Randley said of the Knucks improving to 5-4 on the road after. “I think we’ve got a good team and are playing good team basketball.”
Backup center Nerlance Noel recorded four of the Knicks’ four blocked shots, Mitchell Robinson scored all 18 of his points after the interruption and Alec Burke contributed 11 points in 31 minutes on the bench in his first game as a 27-minute sprain. She came.
Stephen Curry finished with a game-high 30 points, but the two-time MVP committed four turnovers and missed nine of 14 attempts from 3-point range. Golden State (8-7) played the final two quarters without Drummond Green, when he earned his second technical foul before the intermission.
“A man like Curry is impossible to protect with a man. I thought of elfrid [Payton] Worked as best as possible, ”said Thibodo. “What you are trying to do can make it as difficult as you can do for everything.” He missed a few shots that he probably does normally, and I think being shorthand, we put too much weight on him from the point of throwing Drymond. “
Reggie Bullock (12 points) roasted three 3-pointers in the first four minutes and combined with Barrett with 23 points in the first quarter as the Knicks scored 54.5 percent from the floor to take a 40–31 lead – the most. Any quarters this season for higher scoring output.
Curry, the NBA’s third leading scorer (28.1 ppg) entered the game, scorching for the first eight minutes until three-point play was delayed at the end.
Randall responded with a three-point play for the Knicks, and Curry missed his free throw after Peyton (15 points), while hauling him out of the 26-football beyond the arc. But Patton led the Knock during two quarters between 3 and 63-57 to snap the tie en route to 55-55.
Robinson dipped twice and scored the first nine of his 18 second-half points in the third as the Knicks entered the final quarter to extend their lead to 89–76.
Two baseline dunks by Robbie Obi Toppin and a 3-pointer by fellow first-round pick-up Emmanuel Quickley put the Knucks ahead barely three minutes into the fourth.
“I’ve said this since the beginning, I love our young people, especially with their attitude and their attitude,” Thibodo said. “Every day they come with a lot of energy. Some days we make a mistake. But the next day is determined to correct and improve the mistakes. If we do this every day, we will keep moving forward. “