Stephen Curry scored 54 points for the Golden State Warriors at Madison Square Garden, but it wasn’t enough to stop Carmelo Anthony and the Knicks.
Curry’s performance was one of the best so far this NBA season as he was on fire from the outside, going 11-for-13 on three-point attempts. His 84.6 shooting percentage from three-point range the best of any player with at least 10 attempts since the NBA added the three-point shot in 1979-1980.
Curry finished on three-pointer shy of the NBA record.
“I felt good all night. Obviously played the whole game, so was just trying to keep my legs underneath me on the offensive end, and you know, just stick to the game on the defensive end,” Curry said, via ESPN. “Once I started seeing that 3-ball go down in transition, all sorts of spots on the floor, I knew it was going to be a good night.”
Unfortunately for the Warriors, it was not enough. The Knicks stayed close thanks to 35 points from Carmelo Anthony and got the tie-breaking basket from J.R Smith with 1:10 remaining in the game.
“My main thing is to keep playing,” said Raymond Felton, whose blocked shot led to Smith’s winning basket. “Like I said, once a guy gets it going like that, there’s nothing I can really do. I’ve still got to stay in my mindset, still play my game, and I was still able to come up with some big plays at the end. We all came up with some big plays to get that win.”
Many of those big plays belonged to Tyson Chandler. In 42 minutes, the Knicks center grabbed 28 rebounds, the second-most in the NBA this season.
By overcoming Stephen Curry’s 54 points, the Knicks increased their lead in the Atlantic division to two games over the idle Brooklyn Nets.