Carmelo Anthony’s return from a three-game injury absence could not prevent the New York Knicks from losing by 29 points at the Golden State Warriors in a National Basketball Association game.
The Warriors won 92-63 at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, matching the fewest points they have allowed in a game in six decades.
Anthony, returning from a knee injury, scored 14 points on 4-for-15 shooting. The Knicks shot an NBA season-low 27.4 percent and went 5-of-27 (18.5 percent) on 3-pointers.
“We had nothing going offensively, shots that we normally make we just didn’t make,” Knicks coach Mike Woodson told reporters. “We played one quarter tonight, after that we had nothing in our tank.”
The 63 points scored by the Knicks were the fewest by a Warriors opponent since the Philadelphia Warriors defeated the Milwaukee Hawks 69-63 on Dec. 28, 1953, the Warriors said. The Warriors hadn’t held an opponent to such a low shooting percentage since Washington shot 26.9 percent on Nov. 22, 1975.
“That’s a heck of a defensive night, I don’t know how many teams in history have nights like that,” Warriors coach Mark Jackson said in a news conference. “It takes a combination of great defense and at times bad offense. I wish we could take the credit, but it’s a combination.”
Stephen Curry had 26 points, Klay Thompson had 23 and former Knick David Lee added 21 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists for the Warriors (36-29), who went 11-of-20 from 3-point range.
The Knicks (38-23), who are starting a five-game road trip that continues tomorrow night in Denver, were held to nine points in the fourth quarter against a team that had been allowing 101 points per game.
Chris Copeland led the Knicks with 15 points off the bench. Anthony played 34 minutes in his first action since hurting his knee on March 4 at Cleveland.
“He was a little sluggish, we expected that,” Woodson said. “He’s been out a few games, he looked a little rusty.”
New York’s J.R. Smith was ejected from the game for a flagrant foul on Harrison Barnes midway through the third period with the Knicks trailing by 24 points.
The Brooklyn Nets failed to make up ground on the Knicks, losing 106-97 at the Philadelphia 76ers to stay 2 1/2 games behind New York in the Eastern Conference’s Atlantic division.
The San Antonio Spurs defeated the visiting Oklahoma City Thunder 105-93 last night to stay atop the Western Conference standings with a 49-15 record. The Thunder fell to 47-17.