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Warriors 125, Knicks 94

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OAKLAND, Calif. — Stephen Curry bombed in three 3-pointers in the final 1:44 of the first half Saturday night, capping a 19-5 flurry that propelled the Golden State Warriors to a 125-94 shellacking of the New York Knicks.

In completing a season-series sweep of two games with the Knicks, the Warriors posted their third-largest victory margin of the year while extending their home winning streak to a season-best seven games.

The 31-point losing margin was the Knicks’ second-highest of the year, topped only by their 124-86 home loss to Sacramento earlier this month.

Full of energy for his 27th birthday after having been given the night off during Friday’s 114-103 loss at Denver, Curry was 6 of 10 from beyond the 3-point arc and 8 of 15 overall in a 25-point performance, his eighth consecutive 20-plus scoring effort against the Knicks.

New York led by as many as five points early in the second quarter before Golden State’s second unit, some of whom had started in Denver while three front liners were rested, combined for 25 points to help the Warriors go up 54-47 with 3:10 left in the half.

That’s when the 19-5 run began that completed a 47-point quarter, created a 73-52 halftime cushion and buried the Knicks, who were playing for the fourth time on a five-game western swing.

Reserve guard Shaun Livingston had two hoops in the run — giving the Golden State backups a total of 29 in the quarter — and shooting guard Klay Thompson hit a 3.

Curry sent the sellout crowd into a halftime frenzy and some of them home early.

His three 3-pointers came in a five-possession stretch. The show-stopper was the third, which came when he took a 60-foot inbounds pass from center Andrew Bogut after Knicks guard Alexey Shved had scored with 2.8 second left in the half.

Curry wasted no time finding the basket and casting away from 28 feet, swishing the net as the halftime horn began to buzz.

The Warriors (52-13) used a 24-5 third-quarter burst to put icing on Curry’s cake. They led by as many as 40 points in the quarter before coasting to their 10th consecutive Saturday win this season.

Curry, who played only 27 minutes, completed a double-double with a game-high 11 assists.

Thompson led the Warriors with 27 points, matching Curry’s 6-of-10 accuracy on 3-pointers. It was the third time in their careers that Curry and Thompson dropped in at least six 3-pointers in the same game.

The Warriors connected on 55.9 percent of their 3-pointers in the game (19 of 34) and 50.0 percent of their shots from the field.

Power forward Draymond Green contributed 12 points, a team-high seven rebounds and five steals for the Warriors, who were tipping off a six-game homestand.

Center Andrea Bargnani had 18 points for the Knicks, who snapped a five-game losing streak with Thursday’s 101-94 win in Los Angeles over the Lakers.

Shved (14) and fellow guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (13) were two of four others to reach double figures for New York, which lost by at least 20 points for the 15th time this season.

The Knicks shot just 39.6 percent from the field for the game.

NOTES: One day after rookie PF James Michael McAdoo scored a season-best 16 points against the Denver Nuggets, the Warriors assigned him to their NBA Developmental League team in Santa Cruz. … Asked before the game to explain the move, Warriors coach Steve Kerr said, “One of the reasons that we have him in Santa Cruz is so he can play every night. One of the reasons he looked so good (against the Nuggets) was because of the work that (he’s done in Santa Cruz).” … In announcing that the Knicks would start the same fivesome as in Thursday’s win over the Los Angeles Lakers, coach Derek Fisher noted he has no plans to mix things up any time soon. “We have some guys with some toughness and some grit out there, combined with some guys that have really good offensive skill sets and do a lot of things for us with their versatility,” he said.

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