Golden State coach Steve Kerr not happy with first quarter, and players respond with big rally in second quarter.
NEW YORK — The shooting and passing weren’t good, though apparently coach Steve Kerr’s clipboard toss was impressive.
“He broke the clipboard, then threw it,” Draymond Green corrected.
Kerr had no reason to be mad much longer.
Klay Thompson, the former Washington State star, woke the Warriors from their slowest start of the season with 17 of his 34 points in the second quarter, Green tied the franchise record with his ninth triple-double and Golden State beat the New York Knicks 116-95 Sunday for its seventh consecutive victory.
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Green finished with 20 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for the Warriors, held to a season-low 18 points in the first quarter.
“Coach Kerr got on us pretty good,” Thompson said of the clipboard toss to start the second quarter.
“He was very animated on the sideline and we responded well to it. He told us we were playing very embarrassing and just to pick it up.”
The Warriors hit the Knicks with a 14-of-17 onslaught for 37 points — with Seth Curry not even taking a shot. Thompson was 7 for 8 in the second and finished 14 of 18.
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• CJ McCollum and Damian Lillard scored 21 points apiece as the Trail Blazers beat the visiting Timberwolves 96-93.
• Marvin Williams, out of Bremerton, and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had 19 points and 12 rebounds apiece as the Hornets sent the host Lakers to their franchise record-tying 10th consecutive defeat, 101-82.
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