: Much of the attention surrounding Golden State this season has centered around Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and the team’s high-powered offense. But the Warriors have quietly emerged as an improved defensive team, ranking third in the league in defensive efficiency (99.1) and ninth in points allowed (98.6). Those numbers are especially impressive considering Golden State plays the fifth-fastest pace (98.6 possessions per game) of any team. Prior to allowing 103 points to the Bulls in a blowout loss on Wednesday – an anomaly that isn’t likely to happen again any time soon – the Warriors had conceded 100 points just twice in the previous 13 contests. The Knicks enter Friday’s contest on the second half of a back-to-back and riding a four-game losing streak after falling to the Heat 108-82 on Thursday. The NBA’s 21st-ranked scoring offense (97.6) plays at the second-
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