Stephen Curry Scores 54 But Golden State Loses To The Knicks
He was nearly a 1 man wrecking crew, almost single handily bringing down the NY Knicks in a huge game Wednesday night at the Garden. Stephen Curry knocked down eleven 3 point shots, a record for the opponent at MSG. he also led the Warriors in rebounds with 7. All part of a historic 54 point game. What Curry didn't get, what former Knick and St. Johns star Mark Jackson, now coaching Golden State didn't get was the win. Thanks to some of their own Heroics the Knicks overcame all of Curry's magnificence's and beat Golden State in a great game 109-105.
The game was only missing David Lee. The former Knick and double-double machine now playing for Golden State was suspended for the game for his role in the melee in Indiana with Pacers center Roy Hibbert the night before. The Warriors had little size to deal with Tyson Chandler who hauled in or tapped out 28 rebounds.
Curry was incredible even if his shoes were ungodly ugly. His game was beautiful. He was 18/28 from the floor including a near flawless 11/13 from the 3 point area. Not sure if any of his shots even touched the rim it was so pure. Curry also had a team tying 6 rebounds, 7 assists, and 3 steals.
However what he didn't have was Chandler who owned the paint with no Warrior of size to challenge the 7 foot defending NBA defensive player of the year. Chandler has mastered the tap back rebound. Of his 28 boards, 10 came on the offensive glass.
Carmelo Anthony while not shooting a high percentage (10/26) totaled 35 points and look who was spotted-yes the old J.R. Smith who tallied 26 points and hit 6 of 11 from 3 point land.
Curry scored the most points for a losing team since Kobe Bryant went off for 58 in a loss vs Charlotte in 2006.
The game also marked the return to MSG for Knick and St. Johns great Mark Jackson. Because of the lockout last season Jackson didn't get a chance to coach in the Garden. better perhaps because his team this year is so much better then last year's club.
The game also saw the Knick debut of Kenyon Martin who was just signed to a 10 day contract. Martin played 5 minutes in the 1st half and went scoreless. While on the floor the Knicks were a -10 in points.