The New York Knicks got 21 points and five rebounds out of J.R. Smith en route to an 89-84 victory over the Golden State Warriors at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California on Sunday night.
Carmelo Anthony shot just seven-of-21 from the field, but still gave the Knicks 19 points, nine rebounds and three assists while Amar’e Stoudemire had 15 points and 13 rebounds.
The Knicks, who were using Stoudemire off of the bench to protect him against injuries and liked Smith, last year’s Sixth Man of the Year Award winner, as a bench player, have played much better with those two in the starting five.
The Knicks got off to a terrible start, falling behind by 10 after a quarter. They then used perhaps their best quarter of the season, outscoring the Warriors 34-12 in the second to take a 12-point lead into the break.
They led for the entire second half until a Stephen Curry three tied the game at 81 with 2:41 to go. After two free throws from Stoudemire and a jumper from Anthony, Klay Thompson’s three cut the lead back to one. Anthony hit two free throws and Curry missed a three on one possession and lost the ball on the next. Shannon Brown’s two free throws iced the game.
Curry finished with 32 points while Thompson added 15 points and nine rebounds.
The Knicks are now 31-43 and the Warriors are 45-28.