Lee feels emotion in going back to New York
NEW YORK -- Forward David Lee had his best game of the season in his first return to New York. He finished with 28 points, 10 rebounds and four steals in 40 minutes.
Perhaps his biggest play of the night was coming down with the rebound in the final seconds that secured the Warriors' victory over his once-beloved Knicks.
"I was very emotional," Lee said.
Earlier, during the game's first timeout at the 6:48 mark of the first quarter, the Knicks played a video tribute to Lee. "Thank You David" was followed by a standing ovation from the fans. Lee emerged from the Warriors huddle and waived to the fans before play resumed.
"I kind of calmed down after the starting intros," Lee said, "and then after the video, I got all riled up again."
All the emotion and hype drained Lee. He said his legs started cramping up early in the second quarter.
Coach Keith Smart had a method for keeping Lee's emotions under control.
"I told him to just find me, look at me," Smart said. "When you feel your emotions trying to take off, locate me."
Lee said he was most happy about getting the win, but he said he loved seeing all the old faces in New York.
With 2:09 left in the third, Lee grabbed a rebound and the inside of his left elbow caught Wilson Chandler in the mouth, knocking out Chandler's front tooth. It dug a gash so deep in Lee's arm that he had three layers of tape wrapped around his elbow and blood was still showing through. He got stitches after the game.
"I tried to literally stick my nose in for an offensive rebound," Curry said.
-- Marcus Thompson II