The Warriors needed a feel-good game, and they got one in one of the best possible places for an impressive display: New York.
Playing as if on a mission, the Warriors on Friday eradicated all traces of their previous game, in delivering a 126-103 rout of the reeling Knicks.
Most of the damage was inflicted by guards Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, who combined for 52 points in a game so lopsided the Knicks were sprinkled with boos from the crowd at Madison Square Garden.
While Curry finished with 27 points, 11 assists and 11 rebounds – his third triple-double of the season and fourth of his career – Thompson scored 25 points in 29 minutes.
Jermaine O'Neal added 15 points, while David Lee and Marreese Speights each finished with 10.
The Warriors (36-23) scored 73 points in the first half, the season high for a half this season, and shot 47.8 percent for the game. The 128 points for the game also represents a season high.
The Warriors forced 17 New York turnovers while holding the Knicks (21-38) to 37.9-percent shooting. It was their fifth consecutive loss and their 11th in 13 games.
All in all, this was the perfect tonic for the Warriors in the wake of a 103-83 defeat Thursday night in Chicago.
Though the demolition of the Knicks was a team effort, Curry was the catalyst. He bounced back from conceivably his worst game of the season with a superb effort.
He was so good, so quickly, he sat out the entire fourth quarter, as did Thompson.
Leading 48-39 with 7:30 left in the half, the Warriors went on a 25-13 run to build a 21-point (73-52) first-half lead. Curry, Lee and O'Neal combined to make 9 of 10 shots in the second quarter.
The Warriors led by as much as 27, and Knicks never again got within single digits.
C Festus Ezeli (right knee surgery) and G Nemanja Nedovic (strained left hamstring, right foot inflammation) are out indefinitely.
The Warriors on Saturday head to Toronto, where on Sunday they face the Raptors in a season-series finale matinee (1 p.m. PST). The Warriors won the first game this season, 112-103, in Oakland and have won 11 of the last 13 meetings.