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Knicks rout Warriors, extend win streak to eight games

NEW YORK (AP) – Immanuel Quickley scored 22 points, Jalen Brunson had 21 and the New York Knicks rolled to their eighth straight victory, beating the depleted Golden State Warriors 132-94 yesterday.

Quentin Grimes added 19 points and RJ Barrett had 18 as New York extended the longest current winning streak in the NBA.

“No one has talked about the streak at all,” Brunson said. “Obviously, we tell each other to keep it rolling. But, we’re just trying to be the best team we can be and just focus on one day at a time.”

Julius Randle finished with 15 points and 12 rebounds, Mitchell Robinson had nine points and 11 rebounds and Miles McBride added 10 points.

The Knicks scored the first eight points of the game and never trailed. They led 33-25 at the end of the first quarter.

Golden State Warriors’ Ty Jerome shoots over New York Knicks’ Miles McBride. PHOTO: AP

The Warriors pulled within 35-33, but a three-pointer by Grimes with 4:17 left in the second quarter gave the Knicks a 60-45 lead. New York led 69-56 at halftime.

“Winning naturally gains confidence,” Randle said. “But, I’m not going to put much into a winning streak or whatever. It’s still December.” Robinson’s free throws put the Knicks up 88-67 with 5:37 remaining in the third quarter. They again went up by 21 on Quickley’s free throws with five seconds left in the quarter.

Quickley shot six for 10 after going three for 20 in the previous two games.

The Knicks led 100-81 heading into the fourth, and the Warriors never got any closer.

Svi Mykailiuk’s free throws with 58 seconds remaining gave New York its biggest lead of the night and were the final points of the contest.

“The Knicks are in a good groove right now. They totally outplayed us,” said Warriors coach Steve Kerr. “We sank tonight. We’re trying to hang in there and we will. Another game tomorrow.”