RJ Barrett grew up watching Andrew Wiggins in Canada.
“He’s a legend back home,” Barrett said.
In their first NBA matchup, Barrett showed his time has come as he upstaged Wiggins in leading the New York Knicks to a 119-104 rousing win on the road.
Barrett set the tone for the rout with 14 points of his career-high 28 points in the opening quarter.
Wiggins finished with 17 points and a team-worst plus/minus -18.
But more than Barrett’s scoring explosion, the Knicks flaunted their league’s top defense holding the Warriors to just 38 percent from the field and limiting them to 9-of-38 from three.
It was a wire-to-wire win for the Knicks, who drew six players in double figures in a well-balanced attack.
Barrett shot 10-of-17 and 6-of-8 free throws in another impressive shooting night. He’s been averaging 21.8 points on a 51/39/87 split in his last five games.
Mitchell Robinson had a season-high 18 points after a scoreless first half with eight rebounds and two shot blocks. Julius Randle flirted with a triple-double (16 points, 17 rebounds, 9 assists), while Elfrid Payton was outstanding on both ends of the floor.
Payton held Curry scoreless for the first eight minutes of the game that threw the Warriors’ offense in disarray.
It didn’t help that Draymond Green was tossed in the second quarter after picking up his second technical foul.
Curry was still able to get 30 points but was held to just two in the pivotal third quarter where the Knicks broke the game wide open.
The Knicks have climbed to .500 once more with their eighth victory in 16 games. It took them 32 games to reach eight wins last season.
The Knicks will continue their four-game West Coast trip in Sacramento Friday night against the Kings (10 p.m. ET).