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Undermanned Warriors stumble against lowly Knicks 89-84

  • Warriors guard Stephen Curry scored 32 points Sunday against the Knicks. (CHRISTOPHER CHUNG / The Press Democrat)

OAKLAND — One game.

After a season featuring more losses than wins, that's all that separates the New York Knicks and the final postseason spot in the weak Eastern Conference standings.

And, it's how far the Portland Trail Blazers extended their lead over the Golden State Warriors in the heated race for the fifth playoff spot in the NBA Western Conference

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J.R. Smith scored 21 points, Carmelo Anthony added 19 points and nine rebounds and the Knicks moved closer to a playoff seed by beating the undermanned Golden State Warriors 89-84 on Sunday night.

“We can't worry about Cleveland, Atlanta, Charlotte — none of them guys. We control our own thing,” Anthony said.

Stephen Curry scored 32 points for the Warriors (45-28), who are in sixth place in the tight Western Conference race.

Golden State is two games behind fifth-place Portland, which beat the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday, but only two games ahead of ninth-place Dallas — and being out of the playoff picture entirely.

Warriors coach Mark Jackson's team is suddenly looking like a tired and banged-up bunch at the most pivotal point of the season.

Home losses to teams with losing records are piling up as fast as injuries for the Warriors, who played with both center Andrew Bogut and power forward David Lee sidelined by injuries.

Curry hit a tying 3-pointer with 2:42 remaining. But he missed his last two shots and also had a pass stolen on Golden State's final possession.

Raymond Felton closed out fast on the final possession against Curry, who double-clutched and tried to pass in the air — only to have Shannon Brown steal the ball, make two free throws and seal a big victory for the Knicks.

“He's the guy they're going to go to at the end of the game,” Felton said, “so it was my job to make sure he didn't get a shot.”

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