If you weren’t watching the Golden State Warriors take on the New York Knicks Wednesday night, you weren’t doing Wednesday night right. As expected, the game was a shootout through and through, with offense aplenty. The shorthanded Warriors were going to have to rely heavily on Stephen Curry, and boy did the electric point guard deliver.
Well, to an extent. His Warriors did not emerge victorious, somehow losing to the Knicks 109-105. Despite the result, Curry dropped 54 points, the most for any person in any game this season, in regulation or overtime. For the record, this game ended at the end of the fourth quarter. It was the most points any single opponent scored at Madison Square Garden since Kobe Bryant notched 61 in 2009.
Curry shot an astounding 11-13 (84.6 percent) from three-point range, 18-28 from the field overall, and a perfect 7-7 from the charity stripe. It was an absolutely prolific performance from the rising star, one that he produced for a national audience, which pundits will revisit for years to come when Curry eventually vaults to superstardom. And if you witnessed his performance tonight, superstardom for Curry is all but an inevitability. Check the highlights here:
The Knicks did emerge victorious, however. Tyson Chandler grabbed a career high 28 boards of his own, if it’s any consolation to Curry’s masterful scoring night. Chandler was in double digits 10 minutes into the game and had some crying that he might break Wilt Chamberlain’s vaunted 55-rebound single-game record. Of course that didn’t happen (11 rebounds in the first quarter still put his pace well short of Chamberlain’s record), but that doesn’t take anything away from Chandler’s fantastic night.
Ultimately, the play came down to two crucial Raymond Felton defensive plays in the last minute, one a block of Curry on the three-point line, later a steal as the Warriors were taking the ball up the backcourt. Still, this night belonged to Steph. And in honor of that, in addition to the highlights you saw above, the NBA put together a reel of Curry doing his thing in super slo-mo as well. Here it is:
And, just because, here he is shimmying… and leaving poor Draymond Green hanging:
Someday it’ll be your turn, Draymond. Just not last night.
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