Modest green won't wilt

Sasha Vujacic (18) of the New York Knicks shoots over Golden State Warriors power forward Draymond Green in the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden on Sunday. The Warriors won 116-95 as Green notched a triple-double while hitting all his nine fie
Sasha Vujacic (18) of the New York Knicks shoots over Golden State Warriors power forward Draymond Green in the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden on Sunday. The Warriors won 116-95 as Green notched a triple-double while hitting all his nine field-goal attempts. PHOTO: REUTERS

Forward emulates Chamberlain but says ball-sharing is more crucial than statistics

NEW YORK • Draymond Green shrugged off joining National Basketball Association legend Wilt Chamberlain in the record books.

The Golden State forward recorded a triple-double and hit all of his shots from the floor - a feat last accomplished by Chamberlain - and the Warriors rolled to a 116-95 win over the New York Knicks on Sunday at Madison Square Garden.

"If it happens, it happens," said Green, who scored 20 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and dished out 10 assists while making all nine field-goal attempts.

"I have never been a numbers guy. What makes this team special is that we share the ball. We don't care about the stats."

Golden State are all about the wins, and the team completed their best January ever, finishing 14-2.

The Warriors (44-4) defeated their opponents by an average of 15.2 points in the month, and they are tied with the 1966-67 Philadelphia 76ers for the best record in NBA history through 48 games.

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    Draymond Green hit all of his nine field goals while achieving a triple-double against the New York Knicks - 20 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds.

Green posted his ninth triple-double of the season, tying Tom Gola's single-season franchise record.

"(Green) doesn't really have a position, that is how unique his game is," Warriors guard Klay Thompson said of his versatile team-mate, who can be employed as a power forward and centre.

Thompson registered his ninth 30-plus-point performance, accumulating 34 points on 14-of-18 shooting.

Warriors guard Stephen Curry, the league's top scorer, tossed in just 13 points, shooting five-for-17 from the floor. With his team maintaining a double-digit lead, he played sparingly in the fourth quarter.

Golden State notched at least 30 assists for the seventh consecutive game, distributing 31.

"That's what we do," Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. "We want to move the ball. We have a very skilled roster of play-makers and shooters, and they're committed to each other and they're unselfish."

Forward Carmelo Anthony topped the Knicks (23-27) with 24 points and 10 rebounds for his 13th double-double of the season. Rookie forward Kristaps Porzingis added 14 points.

Golden State shot a sizzling 82 per cent (14-of-17) from the floor in the second quarter for their best shooting mark in a quarter this season.

"I thought they went to another level of intensity," Knicks coach Derek Fisher said of the Warriors' 37-point effort in the second quarter. "They got to a level they are capable of getting to and created some separation."

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 02, 2016, with the headline 'Modest green won't wilt'. Print Edition | Subscribe