NEW YORK -- Without much to cheer for, New York Knicks fans at Madison Square Garden took to saluting the Warriors' Stephen Curry instead.
Curry grabbed a third-quarter rebound, and the crowd roared knowing he had notched a triple-double and come through with yet another command performance at The Garden in the Warriors' 126-103 win Friday.
"Once I got the last (rebound), I heard a couple rumbles in the crowd and kind of put two and two together," Curry said.
Golden State scored a season-high amount of points, with Curry racking up 27 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists after having scored 54 points in the building last season. With the Warriors leading by as many as 27 points and New York showing little sign of life, Curry needed to play only 30 minutes and went 9 for 19 from the field and 5 for 11 from 3-point range.
Klay Thompson added 25 points as the Warriors, who have won five of their past six games, crushed the Knicks after losing at Chicago by 20 in their previous game.
New York's defense appeared nonexistent as Curry and Thompson consistently got open looks, backup Steve Blake turned ankles and Jermaine O'Neal added 15 points and six rebounds off the bench.
Curry came out firing with 20 first-half points.
"What I liked the most about tonight is he forced the Knicks defense to tell him what they wanted him to do, whether it be shooting the basketball or passing the basketball," Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. "That's what the great players do.
"He's a kid that's not afraid of the lights, and just looking at him beforehand, especially coming off a poor performance against Chicago, he was anxious about tonight."
One game after Curry matched a season low with five points against the Bulls, he responded with his third triple-double of the season and fourth of his career.
The Warriors notched season highs in first-half points with 73 and matched their first-quarter points mark with 38, scoring at will as the Knicks were booed off the court heading into the locker room at halftime.
"We got beat not in the half court but more in transition," said Knicks coach Mike Woodson, who was subjected to chants from the crowd calling for his firing.
"That was the worst (defense) of the year I thought."
New York was led by Carmelo Anthony's 23 points, but he struggled going up against Andre Iguodala and made only 7 of 26 field goal attempts. The Knicks committed 18 turnovers.
What little fire the Knicks had surfaced when Tyson Chandler was ejected after picking up two technical fouls in two minutes late in the fourth-quarter while going back and forth with reserve Warriors big man Marreese Speights.
"You're going to try to take it out on somebody, so I guess I got to be that guy," said Speights, who finished with 12 points.
Former Knicks player David Lee added 10 points and six rebounds, with his return to the lineup giving the Warriors their regular starters along with Curry, Thompson, Iguodala and Andrew Bogut for only the second time this month. The Warriors moved to 24-10 in games with that lineup.
"I wonder where I'll be next year," said Blake, who is in the final year of a four-year, $16 million contract he signed with the Los Angeles Lakers. "If I had the opportunity to be here, I would love it.
"I already knew from the outside that they were a special team. I didn't realize what a great group of guys it was and how nice it is to play for Coach Jackson. Those are all things that I'll be looking for, for a place I'd like to finish off my career at."
Warriors (36-23) at Toronto (32-26), 1 p.m. CSNBA
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A comparison of Stephen Curry's 2013 and Friday night performances at
Madison Square Garden:
2013 Stat Friday
48 Minutes 30
54 Points 27
11-13 3-pointers 5-11
7 Assists 11
6 Rebounds 11