The Warriors submitted perhaps their most lethargic performance of the season Saturday night and still managed to nab a victory.
They can thank the schedule for giving them the New York Knicks.
The Warriors crept out of Madison Square Garden with a 106-92 win despite their best efforts to make the utterly defective Knicks look competitive.
Coming off a tough loss one night earlier in Atlanta, the Warriors (40-9) arrived in New York around 3 a.m. They surely played as if fatigued. They were mentally vacant, physically sluggish and at times comically inept.
Draymond Green was, for the most part, an exception. The hyperactive power forward led the charge, finishing with 20 points, a team-high 13 rebounds and adding three assists and two blocked shots.
Four other Warriors scored in double figures, as Stephen Curry had a game-high 22 points, Klay Thompson 16, Harrison Barnes 12, with David Lee and Marreese Speights each putting in 10 points.
The Warriors survived on a night when Splash Brothers' Curry and Thompson combined for 13-of-40 shooting. Their teammates were 24-of-41.
The Knicks (10-41) fell behind early before going on a late run, taking advantage of a six and a half minute spell when the Warriors failed to score a point.
Green wins the honor on this night, for he not only delivered a strong all-around game but also pulled his 3-point shot out of hibernation.
Green snapped out of a 5-of-26 slump to make 3-of-5 from beyond the arc. His rebounding helped the Warriors seal the victory.
Down 10-5 with 9:06 left in the first quarter, the Warriors went on a 15-0 rally over the next five minutes, taking a 20-10 lead. They closed the closed the quarter on a 27-9 run for 32-19 lead entering the second quarter.
Green scored 6 points during the run, and Lee came off the bench to put in 5. New York during the final 9:06 of the opening quarter shot 3-of-16, with two turnovers.
The Knicks spent most of game trailing by double digits before going on a 16-0 run to get within five (95-90, with 4:20 to play), putting a scare into the Warriors.
Curry finished with zero assists in 31 minutes, the first full game of his career without an assist. It's the fourth time in his career that hasn't recorded an assist in a game. Two occurrences came in 2009 when he played 11 and three minutes, respectively, and the last time came in 2012 when he played just three seconds.
The Warriors reported on injuries.
C Ognjen Kuzmic remains on assignment with D-League Santa Cruz Warriors.
The Warriors return to action Monday in Philadelphia, where they face the 76ers at Wells Fargo Center.