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Warriors take control in 3rd, beat Knicks 125-111

NEW YORK (AP) Draymond Green threw his arms up in triumph, celebrating his go-ahead 3-pointer.

Never mind that it banked in, a rather ugly look on a team that shoots it beautifully.

''It sparked the run, didn't it?'' Green said. ''It got everybody going by an amazing shooter.''

And the Warriors didn't slow down the rest of another awesome third quarter.

Klay Thompson scored 26 points and Stephen Curry had 14 of his 21 in the period, when Golden State ran another opponent off the floor on its way to a 125-111 victory over the New York Knicks on Monday night.

Kevin Durant added 22 points and nine rebounds for Golden State, which trailed by one at halftime before outscoring New York 39-18 in the third to end things early.

The Warriors improved to 3-0 since the All-Star break and beat the Knicks for the eighth straight time, one shy of their longest winning streak in the series. They won nine straight in 1963-64.

A night shy of the five-year anniversary of Curry's 54-point Madison Square Garden masterpiece, the Warriors showed how many weapons they have around him now, making 15 3-pointers and putting six players in double figures.

The third quarter has been when the Warriors separate themselves from opponents, and this was the seventh time they outscored a team by 20 or more in the period.

''I still don't have an answer as to why the third quarter is what it is, like anything specific, beyond just the fact that we can wear teams down over the course of 48 minutes,'' Curry said. And it might take 24, 26 minutes to really create that separation and gain that momentum, and we come out of the halftime with some juice, some energy and it's winning time. So that's my best explanation for it and hopefully it continues.''

This onslaught started innocently enough, with Green banking in a 3-pointer. Curry and Thompson followed with much prettier ones, and when JaVale McGee followed with a basket it was an 11-0 start to the second half and a double-digit lead in about 2 1/2 minutes.

The highlight show continued from there, with center Zaza Pachulia dribbling behind his back to lead a fast break and Curry converting a four-point play for a 20-point bulge later in the period.

''It's tough. Those guys were so big and athletic, anyone in their team could switch,'' the Knicks' Tim Hardaway Jr. said. ''So it was tough to get around them.''

Emmanuel Mudiay scored 20 points and Trey Burke had 18 for the Knicks.

Mudiay had 13 points in the first seven minutes and 14 in the first quarter to lead all scorers and give the Knicks a 39-37 edge.

TIP-INS

Warriors: Rookie Jordan Bell returned after missing 14 games with inflammation in his left ankle. He had three points. ... Green's technical assessed with 1:04 left in the first half of Saturday's rout against Oklahoma City was rescinded by the NBA on Monday, putting him back at 14 for the season and two away from an automatic suspension.

Knicks: F Michael Beasley received five stitches for a cut on his right eyebrow after he was hit in the second quarter but returned to play in the third. ... New York is off until Friday, when it visits the Los Angeles Clippers to open a four-game road trip.

MAGIC MSG MOMENT

Curry's 54-point game is still his career high, as he went 11 for 13 from 3-point range. The Knicks ended up winning it though, as Raymond Felton blocked his jumper to lead to J.R. Smith's tiebreaking basket with 1:10 left in a 109-105 victory. That remains New York's last home win over Golden State.

CAN'T BE BAD

Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek, on the challenge of defending the Warriors:

''Can't have any `my bads,''' he said. '''My bads' turn into 3-point shots that they knock in.''

UP NEXT

Warriors: Visit Washington on Wednesday.

Knicks: Visit the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday.

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Key Players
S. Curry
30 PG
E. Kanter
00 C
26.0 Min. Per Game 26.0
14.2 Pts. Per Game 14.2
1.5 Ast. Per Game 1.5
10.7 Reb. Per Game 10.7
49.4 Field Goal % 60.1
49.4 Three Point % 60.2
91.8 Free Throw % 85.9
+ 2 Isaiah Hicks made jump shot, assist by Trey Burke 0:16
+ 1 Zaza Pachulia made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:26
+ 1 Zaza Pachulia made 1st of 2 free throws 0:26
  Shooting foul on Damyean Dotson 0:26
+ 1 Trey Burke made free throw 0:35
  Shooting foul on Quinn Cook 0:35
+ 2 Trey Burke made jump shot 0:35
+ 2 Jordan Bell made dunk, assist by Zaza Pachulia 0:42
+ 2 Trey Burke made floating jump shot 0:54
  Out of bounds turnover on Zaza Pachulia 1:02
  Bad pass turnover on Damyean Dotson, stolen by Omri Casspi 1:20
Team Stats
Points 125 111
Field Goals 44-85 (51.8%) 47-96 (49.0%)
3-Pointers 15-31 (48.4%) 10-25 (40.0%)
Free Throws 22-26 (84.6%) 7-9 (77.8%)
Total Rebounds 49 47
Offensive 8 10
Defensive 35 29
Team 6 8
Assists 31 28
Steals 8 7
Blocks 5 3
Turnovers 12 14
Fouls 13 18
Technicals 0 0
26 PTS, 4 REB, 5 AST
20 PTS, 2 REB, 7 AST
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away team logo Warriors 47-14 37263923125
home team logo Knicks 24-38 39251829111
Team Stats
away team logo Warriors 47-14 115.9 PPG 45.7 RPG 27.9 APG
home team logo Knicks 24-38 108.6 PPG 45.6 RPG 19.8 APG
Key Players
K. Thompson SG 22.4 PPG 4.2 RPG 2.0 APG 45.0 FG%
E. Mudiay PG 13.9 PPG 3.0 RPG 3.5 APG 47.1 FG%
Top Scorers
K. Thompson SG 26 PTS 4 REB 5 AST
E. Mudiay PG 20 PTS 2 REB 7 AST
51.8 FG% 49.0
48.4 3PT FG% 40.0
84.6 FT% 77.8
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Thompson 33 26 4 5 1 0 1 1 9/13 4/6 4/4 0 4 40 +22
K. Durant 27 22 9 4 1 1 2 1 6/10 2/3 8/8 0 9 39 +27
S. Curry 30 21 5 5 0 0 3 1 8/16 4/9 1/1 0 5 33 +25
J. McGee 14 10 3 3 0 1 0 1 5/6 0/0 0/0 1 2 20 +13
D. Green 31 10 3 6 1 2 1 2 3/8 1/4 3/3 1 2 27 +11
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Thompson 33 26 4 5 1 0 1 1 9/13 4/6 4/4 0 4 40 +22
K. Durant 27 22 9 4 1 1 2 1 6/10 2/3 8/8 0 9 39 +27
S. Curry 30 21 5 5 0 0 3 1 8/16 4/9 1/1 0 5 33 +25
J. McGee 14 10 3 3 0 1 0 1 5/6 0/0 0/0 1 2 20 +13
D. Green 31 10 3 6 1 2 1 2 3/8 1/4 3/3 1 2 27 +11
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. West 13 11 4 2 0 0 1 2 5/9 0/0 1/2 1 3 18 +3
A. Iguodala 19 9 4 1 1 0 1 1 3/5 2/3 1/2 1 3 15 -6
Z. Pachulia 14 7 4 2 2 0 1 1 2/4 0/0 3/4 2 2 16 -1
N. Young 14 3 0 0 0 0 1 1 1/4 1/4 0/0 0 0 2 -8
Q. Cook 12 3 1 0 0 0 1 1 1/5 1/2 0/0 0 1 3 -6
J. Bell 13 3 1 3 0 1 0 0 1/1 0/0 1/2 1 0 11 -4
O. Casspi 6 0 3 0 1 0 0 1 0/4 0/0 0/0 1 2 4 -7
S. Livingston 7 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 2 3 +1
D. Jones - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Looney - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. McCaw - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Boucher - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 233 125 43 31 8 5 12 13 44/85 15/31 22/26 8 35 231 +70
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
E. Mudiay 30 20 2 7 2 1 0 0 8/15 3/5 1/2 1 1 39 -22
T. Hardaway Jr. 28 14 1 4 1 0 2 2 4/11 2/6 4/4 0 1 22 -13
E. Kanter 17 10 7 0 0 0 1 3 5/9 0/0 0/0 3 4 16 -15
M. Beasley 25 2 4 4 0 0 3 1 1/7 0/0 0/0 0 4 11 -17
C. Lee 11 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0/2 0/1 0/0 0 0 2 -14
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
E. Mudiay 30 20 2 7 2 1 0 0 8/15 3/5 1/2 1 1 39 -22
T. Hardaway Jr. 28 14 1 4 1 0 2 2 4/11 2/6 4/4 0 1 22 -13
E. Kanter 17 10 7 0 0 0 1 3 5/9 0/0 0/0 3 4 16 -15
M. Beasley 25 2 4 4 0 0 3 1 1/7 0/0 0/0 0 4 11 -17
C. Lee 11 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0/2 0/1 0/0 0 0 2 -14
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
T. Burke 24 18 1 5 1 1 1 2 8/15 1/4 1/1 0 1 30 +6
K. O'Quinn 21 14 6 2 0 0 2 3 7/10 0/0 0/0 2 4 22 -5
F. Ntilikina 28 13 5 1 0 0 1 3 6/12 1/3 0/0 2 3 19 -5
L. Thomas 17 11 3 0 0 0 0 1 4/6 3/4 0/0 0 3 14 +1
I. Hicks 11 4 4 0 1 0 1 1 2/4 0/0 0/0 2 2 8 +2
T. Williams 14 3 5 0 2 1 1 1 1/3 0/2 1/2 0 5 10 +6
D. Dotson 8 2 1 4 0 0 2 1 1/2 0/0 0/0 0 1 9 +6
J. Noah - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Kornet - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Porzingis - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Baker - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Jack - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 234 111 39 28 7 3 14 18 47/96 10/25 7/9 10 29 202 -70