Cardinal had 19 points and a career-high eight rebounds, leading seven Warriors who scored in double figures in a 104-92 win over New York on Saturday night.
Nick Van Exel had 15 points and played a strong second half for the Warriors, who made a late rally for their third consecutive win over the Knicks. New York has lost four straight.
Cardinal had 15 points in the second half, though he missed seven shots. The Knicks left him open while trying to contain his higher-scoring teammates, and the workmanlike forward seized the chance.
“That’s not usually my game, but my teammates made some great plays, and I was able to knock the shots down,” said Cardinal, who made the team in training camp on the strength of his defense, passing and heady play. “That’s what our team is really showing, that we’ve got a lot of quality depth on our roster. Any guy can hopefully beat you if you’re daring him to beat you.”
After Shandon Anderson hit a 3-pointer to pull New York to 83-82 with 9:25 left, the Warriors went on a 17-2 run capped by Cliff Robinson’s fast-break dunk on a long pass from Van Exel with 3:49 to play.
Wearing their classic yellow “The City” uniforms from the 1966-67 season, the Warriors recovered from consecutive losses to the Denver Nuggets with their fifth victory in seven games.
The Warriors, with six of their next seven games on the road, improved to 8-4 at home this season.
“We knew we had to have this game,” said Speedy Claxton, who had 11 points. “We can’t lose three in a row. … We’ve got to go on the road with a win and some confidence.”
Leading scorer Allan Houston didn’t dress for the Knicks, who wilted in the second half despite 19 points and 10 rebounds from Keith Van Horn and 17 points from Shandon Anderson, Houston’s replacement. New York is 0-3 on its five-game road trip, and Houston’s right knee injury could cause more problems.
Houston said he might sit out the rest of the road trip to rest his swollen knee, which was aggravated last month in a game against Indiana—terrible news for a team that’s already 27th in the NBA in scoring.
Turnovers and second-half execution are becoming problems for the Knicks, who blew a 19-point first-half lead in a loss to Portland on Friday night. New York committed 20 miscues and lost despite making nearly 57 percent of its shots and pulling close with a 9-0 run in the fourth.
“We’ve lost so many games where we beat ourselves, made stupid mistakes and missed key rebounds,” Van Horn said. “That wasn’t the case so much tonight, but it has been this season, and we need to cut that down if we hope to come back and make something of this season.”
The Warriors improved to 5-0 against the Eastern Conference this season, and are 18-2 in their last 20 home games against the East. Reserve Calbert Cheaney had 14 points, while Mike Dunleavy scored 11.
Van Exel, reinserted into the starting lineup earlier in the week, scored 13 points in the third quarter as Golden State surged ahead with a 14-2 run. Van Exel also made a beautiful one-handed floater with nine-tenths of a second left in the quarter over Antonio McDyess, his good friend and former teammate with the Nuggets.
“That’s my boy,” Van Exel said. “He slapped me upside the head a couple of times, and I gave him a couple of elbows. It’s all part of the game.”
McDyess had eight points and five rebounds in 22 minutes in his fourth game back from left knee surgery. Howard Eisley added 10 points and 10 assists.
“In the second half, I didn’t feel so well, but I tried to fight through it,” McDyess said. “I feel my (health) is a small problem. Our big problem is trying to get a win right now. With our personnel, we should be winning a lotmore games. I don’t know what it is, but we’ve got to get it together.”
Erick Dampier, the NBA’s leading rebounder, had just six rebounds in 25 minutes. … The teams meet again in New York on Dec. 16. … Dunleavy had a career-high six steals. … Golden State has won two straight over the Knicksin Oakland after losing nine of the previous 10.