Draymond Green did not reach the halftime of the loss of the Golden State Warriors 119-104 to the New York Knicks on Thursday night.
Green, after taking a technical foul at the end of the first quarter at Chase Center, was thrown out just before halftime – although it is not entirely clear why he was given a second technical.
Draymond Green was thrown out after the shouting of James Wiseman
Green, as the Warriors returned to defense after just over a minute in the first half, seemed to start yelling at teammate James Wiseman.
An official on the other side, however, apparently thought Green was talking to him instead ̵
Green, Steph Curry, coach Steve Kerr and even Knicks center Nerlens Noel looked really confused by the call. No one was sure what he had done to justify the technical.
Still, the call remained, culminating in Green’s dismissal. He finished the night with three points and eight assists in 17 minutes.
Officials admitted a mistake at halftime
It is clear that since Green did not shout at the officials, his second technical foul was not justified.
Officials even admitted so much at halftime.
Kerr said officers spoke to him during the break and said the dumping was a “mistake” and that official John Butler did not understand that Green was shouting at Wiseman.
Kerr says that during the halftime Ben Taylor said it was a “mistake” that Draymond got a second technology. Taylor said Officer John Butler, who gave Draymond the second technology, did not realize that Draymond was shouting at Wiseman
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However, the damage had already been done.
“We were on holiday when he was thrown out,” said Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau through Athletic Mike Vorkunov.
The Knicks rose in the second half after their career at RJ Barrett
Although the two were in a tough battle in the first half, the Knicks came sprinting from the gate in the third quarter.
New York, after holding only a six-point lead at the break, easily pushed their lead to 13 by the end of the third, while holding the Golden State to just 19 points in the period. From there, the Knicks went on to win 15 points – their third in a row.
Curry led the Warriors with 30 points and four assists while shooting 5 of 14 from the 3-point line. Andrew Wiggins added 17 points and nine rebounds, and Wiseman scored 15 points with eight rebounds. As a team, Golden State went only 9-out of 38 behind the arc – more than half came from Curry alone.
RJ Barrett led the Knicks with 28 career points while shooting 10 of 17 from the field. Mitchell Robinson added 18 points with eight rebounds, and Julius Randall almost finished with a triple-double with 16 points, 17 rebounds and nine assists.
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