The Golden State Warriors trudged into the Garden last night coming off a physical, emotional war in Indiana. They entered without their suspended All-Star power forward David Lee and injured center Andrew Bogut.
So Stephen Curry, who toiled 37 minutes in Indiana, figured he might have to be special.
But special wasn’t the word.
“The sad thing is to the viewing audience, that’s getting hot,” said Warriors coach Mark Jackson. “But to us, that’s Steph Curry. That’s who he is. He’s a knock-down shooter as good as anybody that’s played.”
Last night, he was better than anybody at the Garden — better than anybody there in a long time. Curry, playing every second of the game, went off for an NBA season-high and career-best 54 points, knocking in 11-of-13 3-pointers — a Warrior team record and the most trifectas ever dropped on the Knicks. Still, it wasn’t enough as the Knicks outlasted the undermanned Warriors, 109-105.
“It’s tough. You want to be able to celebrate a performance like that with a win, especially on the road, especially [shorthanded],” Curry said. “We were pretty down.”
So Curry did everything humanly — and almost superhumanly — possible to lift his team in the first 50-point game against the Knicks since Carmelo Anthony went off for 50 with Denver on Nov. 27, 2009, and the first at the Garden since LeBron James’ 52 for the Cavaliers on Feb. 4, 2009. After just four first-quarter points, Curry had 27 by halftime. Only through the ribbing of teammates, he said, was he aware he was forging something special.
“My teammates started jabbing at me. They were at my ear, treating me like a pitcher throwing a no-hitter, not trying to touch my right hand and all that funny stuff,” Curry said. “I knew I was knocking down shots. I knew it was a good night, but I didn’t know exactly what they meant. I was trying not to look at the scoreboard because you don’t want to jinx yourself or get too excited because we obviously had to get the win or try to get the win. But once my teammates started jabbing at me, I kind of realized.”
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