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Taking a one-point lead into the second quarter against the league-leading Warriors, the Knicks arguably had one of their best opening?quarters of the entire season.

They kept up with Golden State, trading buckets and maintaining a certain tempo in the early goings. From there, the home team picked up the pace even more. The Knicks' defense was spread too thin, as Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson nearly single-handedly sunk New York. They each knocked down six daggers from deep a piece.

From there on out, things got back to normal for New York. Nevertheless, despite the loss, there were still some takeaways worth making note of, especially as the team continues to explore different players as potential fits for next season's roster. See below for more observations.

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In the Warriors' defeat of the Knicks on Saturday night, the charge to victory was not entirely led by Stephen Curry. It wasn't led by fellow 2015 NBA All-Star Klay Thompson, either. Instead, it was none other than Draymond Green who stood as the staring attraction en route to victory.

Whereas Curry scored 22 points and hit a couple of daggers towards the end to put the Knicks away for good, Green proved to be the more efficient player throughout. Adding 20 points, he shot 8 of 12 from the field and grabbed a team-high 13 rebounds. This went along with two blocks and three assists.

Such a versatile performance has been par for the course all season long for Green, who was widely considered to be an All-Star candidate if the Western Conference leading Warriors were awarded a third one, a la the Eastern Conference leading Atlanta Hawks. The forward is averaging 11.4 points (on 43% from the field and 34% from deep), 8.3 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.6 steals, and 1.4 blocks through 49 contests. Needless to say, he's a true stat-sheet stuffer, and can hurt opposing teams in a number of different ways.

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The Nets (14-21) defeated the Golden State Warriors (24-14) tonight by a score of 102-98.

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[sny-box] This game came right down to the wire and featured eight lead changes and eight ties. The Nets tied the score at the 2:26 mark of the fourth quarter and then relied on strong free-throw shooting late to earn the victory.

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One source close to the process told ESPN.com that talks with the Warriors are "definitely cooling" because of Golden State's unwillingness to include Curry in the deal.

The Clippers, meanwhile, have been aggressive in their pursuit of Paul, but sources told ESPNLosAngeles.com's Ramona Shelburne that neither Gordon nor restricted free agent centerDeAndre Jordan?have been offered to New Orleans.

Said one source close to the situation of Gordon's inclusion: "That's a deal-breaker (for the Clippers)."

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