After putting together their longest winning streak of the season, the New York Knicks came crashing back to earth.
They’ll look to bounce back from their first loss in four games as they host the Golden State Warriors.
Michael Sweetney, who had career highs of 19 points and 12 rebounds in Monday’s 117-115 overtime win over the Los Angeles Lakers, managed only four points and four rebounds. Sweetney averaged 24.3 points and eight rebounds during the Knicks’ winning streak.
Tim Thomas, who had a season-high 35 points against the Lakers, hyperextended his knee in the third quarter. He made a brief return, but finished with just five points in 20 minutes.
The Knicks also looked sloppy on defense, giving up 38 points in the first quarter—the most they have allowed in a period this season. The Magic shot 51 percent for the game and each of their starters scored in double figures.
“If we come out mentally ready and we’re sharp, it doesn’t matter,” New York coach Herb Williams said. “It’s not like they have Shaquille O’Neal or Tim Duncan. Our big guys have to rebound and it has nothing to do with height.”
Knicks guard Jermaine Jackson, who was signed to a 10-day contract Monday out of the CBA, played for the first time and had two points and two assists.
The Warriors, who own the second-worst record in the Western Conference, won their second straight Friday, beating the Washington Wizards 103-90.
Jason Richardson scored 16 of his 34 points in the fourth quarter for Golden State, which played the third of its eight-game road trip—its longest since the franchise moved from Philadelphia in 1962.
Troy Murphy added 20 points and 14 rebounds for the Warriors, and Baron Davis, who was acquired from New Orleans for Dale Davis and Speedy Claxton at the trade deadline, had 14 points and seven assists in 31 minutes.
“He hasn’t really practiced once with us yet,” coach Mike Montgomery said of Davis, who rejoined the team Friday after spending two days with his ill grandmother. “We are trying to limit his minutes and get him in shape. We don’t want to aggravate the (Achilles’) injury.”
Richardson shot 6-for-11 from the 3-point line, and the team finished 12-for-39 from the arc.
“Baron and Derek (Fisher) did a great job penetrating and finding guys open,” Richardson said. “They were open shots, and when you’re that wide open you have to take the three, so we just took them.”