Knicks Have Historic Night in the Garden

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NEW YORK (AP)—Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni glanced at the best stat line of David Lee’s career and somehow managed to sound disappointed.

“He should’ve had 50,” D’Antoni said. “He should’ve had 50 and 28.”Against these Golden State Warriors,  why not?

Chris Duhon had a franchise-record 22 assists, Lee had career highs of 37 points and 21 rebounds, and New York rang up a record-setting 82 points in the first half in a 138-125 victory over Golden State on Saturday night.

“Chris Duhon did a great job of finding me on the pick-and-roll,” Lee said. “And he found me about 18 or 20 times.”

Duhon set Lee up for numerous dunks against the defenseless Warriors, who completed a winless five-game Eastern trip and looked as if they couldn’t wait to get home. One of the slams, with 3:11 remaining, allowed Duhon to break Richie Guerin’s franchise record of 21 assists set Dec. 12, 1958.

“That’s what a point guard’s supposed to do, is get their team involved,” Duhon said. “If I can do that every night I would love it. I love sharing the ball, I love getting those guys involved. The main important thing is that we got the win.”

Lee had the first 30-20 game in regulation since Hall of Famer Patrick Ewing had 36 points and 21 rebounds against Philadelphia on Jan. 23, 1994.

The Knicks raced to an 82-64 halftime lead behind 20 points from Lee. His basket with 3.4 seconds left let New York shatter the record for most first-half points at the present Madison Square Garden, set when Kansas City scored 81 on Dec. 8, 1979. Continue reading