On This Date: Chris Duhon sets Knicks record for assists in a game

November 29, 2008: Chris Duhon sets a Knicks record with 22 assists in a high-scoring affair against the Golden State Warriors

Defense was optional in the high octane matchup matchup featuring Mike D’Antoni’s speedball Knicks team and Don Nelson’s “Nellie Ball” Warriors roster. The Knicks scored 138 points in the victory at home against the Warriors. New York shot better than 51% from the field and connected on 13-27 from three. They scored 82 points in the first half to propel the team to victory.

Due to D’Antoni’s style and injuries, the Knicks only played seven players during the game. Nate Robinson was out with a groin injury while Stephon Marbury was indefinitely suspended from the team for refusing to play in a game against the Detroit Pistons.

Chris Duhon set a Knicks franchise record with 22 assists. David Lee was the recipient of most of those assists on the pick-and-roll. Lee set a career high of 37 points and 21 rebounds. It was the first 30-20 game in regulation since Patrick Ewing in 1994.

Al Harrington faced his former team for the first time since the trade. Harrington had a double double with 36 points and 12 rebounds and shot 5-7 from three. Former Knick Jamal Crawford also faced his old team and had a double double of 21 points and 10 rebounds.

Tim Thomas scored 15 points in the game. He would infamously be known for his dunk on then-rookie Anthony Randolph. The poster dunk rattled Randolph to the point where Don Nelson took him out of the game shortly afterwards.


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