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Warriors 123, Knicks 112: Knicks won the first half, and they can’t take that away from us!

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Huzzah!

NBA: New York Knicks at Golden State Warriors Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Knicks led the (presumed) 2017-18 NBA champion Golden State Warriors at the half, 60-58. They did this without the services of Kristaps Porzingis and Kyle O’Quinn. It really happened.

As for the rest of the game...who cares? Sure, the Warriors went on their inevitable run, and the Knicks were inevitably overwhelmed. And it was all so inevitable. But let us celebrated the good times. The Knicks were winning for a while. Hell, even one they started losing, they managed to pull back within single-digits to end the third quarter. This game was downright competitive!

This will count as the postgame-slash-recap, since this game was little more than a whiff of West Coast breeze. To the notes!

Notes:

Jarrett Jack had more first-half points (10) than Steph Curry (9). I demand one of the jive suckas who voted Steph the first-ever unanimous MVP back in 2015-16 take back his or her vote.

Willy Hernangomez was showing that soft touch in this game, but also a bit of passing panache. with 5 assists. Enes Kanter had 5 assists as well. This was a vintage Phil Jackson-style Knicks game: plenty of bigs making passes and the team getting their asses kicked by an opponent who shoots threes.

— Hornacek brought the starters back in for the final 6:00. They cut the lead ever-so-briefly, and then got freakin’ annihilated, but whatever. I’m sick of this starting lineup.

Frank Ntilikina got 19 minutes of playing time and hit some shots. It was a lot for him right now.

Joakim Noah played!