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Stephen Curry scores a career-high 54 points as Warriors lose to Knicks

Feb 28, 2013, 12:09 AM EDT

There are nights when guys get hot, and there are nights where guys are simply on fire.

Stephen Curry gave us an exciting taste of the latter on Wednesday, pouring in a career-high 54 points while absolutely shooting the lights out, knocking down 11 of his 13 attempts from three-point distance.

Curry’s amazing performance wasn’t enough to give his Warriors the win; it was only enough to give them a fighting chance. Behind 35 points from Carmelo Anthony and 26 from J.R. Smith, the Knicks held on for the 109-105 victory.

It was the Warriors’ second straight loss, and even though they both came on the road against two of the top teams in the East, they won’t be any easier for Curry to swallow. He scored 38 in the loss to Indiana on Tuesday, giving him 92 points combined in the back-to-back set.

Golden State was playing without David Lee in this one, who was serving a one-game suspension for his role in the altercation that involved several players from both teams in Tuesday’s loss to the Pacers. As a result, the Warriors had zero presence in the paint, which led to a ridiculous 28-rebound night for Tyson Chandler inside.

That left the responsibility on Curry’s shoulders, and he delivered in a way we haven’t seen in some time.

The 54 points were the most scored by an opponent in Madison Square Garden since 2009, when Kobe Bryant and LeBron James scored 62 and 52 respectively in consecutive games there. Curry’s total is also now the high score in a single game by any player this season, surpassing the 52 points that Kevin Durant scored on Jan. 18 in Dallas.

Curry started things off with just four points in the first quarter, but really got rolling in the second, where he put up 23 points on 7-10 shooting, including 4-5 from beyond the three-point arc.

He notched 11 more points in the third on 4-5 shooting overall, while hitting all three of his three-point shots in the period. And in the fourth, Curry dropped in 16 more on 5-7 shooting, and made all four of his three-point attempts.

Curry finished 18-28 from the field, and added seven assists, six rebounds, and three steals, while playing the entire game — all 48 minutes.

His night wasn’t perfect, however, as he made a couple of critical mistakes late that helped the Knicks come away with the victory. The first came with 3:13 remaining and the Warriors clinging to a one-point lead, when Curry left his feet and turned the ball over while attempting to make a difficult cross-court pass that was picked off by Iman Shumpert. The ensuing possession resulted in a three-pointer from Anthony that gave the Knicks the lead.

And then, with 1:28 remaining and the game all tied at 105, Curry forced a shot attempt while facing one-on-one defensive coverage from Raymond Felton. Felton played Curry perfectly, and ended up blocking his jumpshot a good 20 feet from the basket. Curry did not attempt a shot the rest of the game.

It was a solid win for the Knicks, who overcame Curry’s otherworldly performance with a more balanced team effort offensively, and a dominant performance on the offensive glass. New York had 27 second-chance points to just two for the Warriors, and those offensive rebounds late in the game, especially in the last three minutes, were ultimately the difference.

  1. narrabeen23 - Feb 28, 2013 at 12:14 AM


  2. Mr. Wright 212 - Feb 28, 2013 at 12:24 AM

    Best kind of game. Star player goes nuts, we get the W.

    • bayrich - Feb 28, 2013 at 12:40 AM

      Lol wtf? Without lee and bogut and the Knicks barley hung on lol Knicks are trash they have no chance in the weak east

      • Mr. Wright 212 - Feb 28, 2013 at 1:05 AM

        Curry doesn’t score 54 with Lee in the game. You can’t have it both ways, you dolt.

      • saint1997 - Feb 28, 2013 at 2:00 AM

        they barley hung on? As Mr Wright pointed out there is no way he takes that many shots with D Lee there. Often stupid people make the mistake that if an injured player was there then you add his PPG on to the total and thats the score but thats just not true. With D Lee playing, pace goes down, other players get less shots, and basically it’s a whole different ball game

      • fanofevilempire - Feb 28, 2013 at 6:32 AM

        keep ya 54 points, we win.

        funny thing is he started show boating on his 3 pointer, shimming down the court
        with a few minutes to go and nothing after that.

        we didn’t want David Lee, we had him.

  3. yousuxxors - Feb 28, 2013 at 12:27 AM

    best game i watched all year.

    • saint1997 - Feb 28, 2013 at 2:01 AM

      I love these games. It happened last year with KLove and JJ Barea in that multi OT game against the Thunder. It is so awesome.

  4. baymac408 - Feb 28, 2013 at 12:32 AM

    Win would have been nice, but Steph is doing it! I love watching him ball out like he has been

  5. delusionalcardsfan - Feb 28, 2013 at 1:23 AM

    Can the Suns get some love for actually winning their game? It doesn’t happen often around here these days! :)

  6. baymac408 - Feb 28, 2013 at 1:54 AM

    Shut up mr wright you wack bruh.. Bay rich is right… Bay business

  7. 13arod - Feb 28, 2013 at 7:02 AM

    Best nba game iwatched so far david lee who

  8. themagicfanguy - Feb 28, 2013 at 8:09 AM

    @fanofevilempire He actually made another three almost immediately after doing that, so I don’t know what you mean by “nothing after that”.

    • fanofevilempire - Feb 28, 2013 at 10:44 AM

      relax, do you mis remember they lost.
      I’m a Knick fan, should I jump around for a Warrior scoring 54 points.
      wooo hooo, I’m so happy, omg I can’t handle it, I’m going crazy.
      maybe next time instead of shimmering and high fiving he should wait til
      they win.
      do you know what I mean now?

  9. acdc363 - Feb 28, 2013 at 8:37 AM

    Such a good game! By far the most glued to the TV I’ve been by a game all season.

  10. dysraw1 - Feb 28, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    the thing i love most about this game is that no matter what you can’t take the pure beauty of putting the ball in hoop away. Curry’s shooting was a reminder

  11. unxpexted1 - Feb 28, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    Love all the hypoocrites out there that complain about Lakers post all the time, and when something like this happens only 14 comments.

    This was such an amazing game and performance by Steph. Even though JR. Smith’s contribution is overlooked, because everytime GS made a move he hit a big shot. And Melo closed. As a laker fan i was rooting for GS to lose cause we need all the help we can get but half way through the second quarter i found myself routing for GS. 15 straight points to end the half? just crazy. The league is looking good with young cats like steph and kyrie in it revolutionizing the PG position.

  12. 3superman3 - Feb 28, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    Bogut has been losing games for them this year and with lee there curry is not catching that fire he had. He may not ever catch that fire again in his career. Hell, he didnt shoot that well in the 3 point contest

  13. kjereld615 - Feb 28, 2013 at 11:29 AM

    You really can’t help but wonder how the outcome of this game might have been different if Lee had been in there. Not a GW fan but Stephen Curry definitely made me a fan of him last night. Amazing.

  14. joeksnuffy - Feb 28, 2013 at 6:53 PM

    Steph needs help!!

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