Raymond Felton scored a career-high 35 points on 13-of-17 shooting and dished out 11 assists, and the New York Knicks held off Golden State's late rally to beat the Warriors 125-119 on Friday night and snap an eight-game losing streak in Oakland.
Amare Stoudemire made a driving layin with 2:42 left and finished with 26 points and 11 rebounds. Danilo Gallinari added 23 points and knocked down a key 3-pointer with 1:25 left as New York handed the Warriors their first home loss of the season and ended a four-game skid in the series overall.
Monta Ellis scored 40 points for his sixth career 40-point game and Stephen Curry had 29 points, eight assists and five rebounds for the Warriors. Golden State won its first five games at Oracle Arena under first-year coach Keith Smart, the team's best home start since going 6-0 to begin the 1990-91 season.
Reggie Williams hit two key 3-pointers that pulled the Warriors within 104-100 with 6:47 to play and scored all but two of his 18 points in the final period. But the Knicks, who led by as many as 18 before letting Golden State get within two late, made the clutch plays down the stretch.
Warriors power forward David Lee watched this one from the bench in street clothes.
He attended the game against his former team one day after being released from a hospital following a second procedure on his left elbow to treat an infection. Lee - averaging 14.3 points, 11.3 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 34.6 minutes in eight games after Golden State acquired him in a July trade with the Knicks - initially had surgery last Friday after he cut the inside of his elbow in a nasty collision Nov. 10 with the mouth of New York's Wilson Chandler, who left a fragment of a tooth in Lee's arm.
After Lee's elbow swelled and bled overnight, he went to an emergency room for antibiotics. He is wearing a brace and is scheduled to be re-evaluated Tuesday.
Vladimir Radmanovic earned his second straight start in place of Lee, getting six points on 2-for-7 shooting in 17 minutes. But the Warriors really miss Lee's rebounding. They were outboarded (42-33) for only the sixth time in their first 12 games.
Ellis shot 17 for 30. He hit 10 of his first 14 shots and started the second quarter by making five of six. But that didn't do it for a sellout crowd of 19,808 that went home disappointed. It was Golden State's first sellout this season.
New York snapped a six-game losing streak with a 113-106 win at Sacramento on Wednesday and followed that up with another strong performance. The Knicks won in Oakland for the first time since Nov. 20, 2001.
Next up is a date with the Clippers in Los Angeles on Saturday night, the fifth of 21 back-to-back games for the Knicks this season and second of five on the road.
The Warriors won last week's meeting 112-91 at Madison Square Garden, surrendering a 19-point, third-quarter lead before holding on to win.
The Knicks' second bus was late arriving at Oracle Arena on a rainy Friday night with heavy rush-hour traffic.
It didn't keep New York from a hot start. The Knicks hit 10 of their initial 15 shots and made 16-of-18 free throws on the way to a 72-59 halftime lead. Golden State got to the line only five times in the first half.