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Three Stars of the Night: It’s Stephen Curry’s world

Feb 28, 2013, 2:24 AM EDT

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This was the most exciting night of NBA action this season. That sadly meant a lot of good performances get left off the list — Monta Ellis had 27 points and the game winner, DeMar DeRozan dropped 33, Tyson Chandler had 28 rebounds, and the list goes on. But these guys finished on top — and you knew early on Stephen Curry was going to be in the top spot.

Third star: Al Horford (34 points, 15 rebounds)

While we’ve all been watching that LeBron guy, Al Horford has quietly put up a monster February as well. In the Hawks 10 games this month he has averaged 22.2 points, 11.2 rebounds and 3.2 assists, all while shooting 64.9 percent from the floor. To cap off the month he went out and dropped 34 and 15, and he dropped 16 of those points in the fourth quarter, killing any attempted comeback by the Jazz.

Second Star: Kevin Durant (18 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists)

What makes this impressive isn’t just the triple-double, it’s that he did it in 27 minutes — that is the fastest to a triple-double of anyone since 1985. He got there with four minutes left IN THE THIRD QUARTER. Yes, it was in a rout of a hapless Hornets team without two key players, but it doesn’t matter. KD can pretty much do this to anyone anytime he wants.

First Star: Stephen Curry (54 points)

Damn. That was as a Jordan/Kobe level of performance on the big stage of Madison Square Garden. He knocked down 11-of-13 from three. He had 54 points on just 28 shots. Curry showed off both fantastic handles and more explosive moves off the bounce than defenders expect. Plus, he is so, so quick with the release that defenders just do not get to contest like they think. Knicks defenders had no answers. No player has ever knocked down 10 threes or more and scored 50 points in a game before.

  1. Mr. Wright 212 - Feb 28, 2013 at 2:31 AM

    I would have thought the Warriors won with the way ESPN and all the sites’ recaps read.

    • fanofevilempire - Feb 28, 2013 at 12:11 PM

      Curry was shimmering, high fiving and jawin like a fool.
      I guess he was happy with his 54 and the team losing.

  2. rickyspanish - Feb 28, 2013 at 2:56 AM

    Durant can pull a triple double whenever he wants? He should try it one time against Miami.

    • eventhorizon04 - Feb 28, 2013 at 3:37 AM

      I don’t really consider Durant to be a regular triple-double threat the way guys like Rondo and LeBron are triple-double threats, mainly because he doesn’t average enough assists (4.5 this season).

      Durant is more of a, “I can score 30+ points in almost any matchup”-type of great player than a “Watch me lead my team in rebounds AND assists”-type of great player.

      For example – he’s averaged 35+ points against the Miami Heat this season.

    • paleihe - Feb 28, 2013 at 11:32 AM

      Or against the league in general. He only got his first triple double earlier this season.

      If he could get a triple double whenever he wanted, he should want to more often.

  3. wwttww - Feb 28, 2013 at 3:33 AM

    Horford needs to get more respect….pronto.

  4. 3superman3 - Feb 28, 2013 at 4:18 AM

    Is it juat me or every good player that comes to the Garden has the best game of his life. Steph wouldve/will be so good as a knick

  5. lemfax - Feb 28, 2013 at 5:47 AM

    It’s simply a lakers night. As the warriors, rockets & jazz turned to ice…:(

  6. lemfaxx - Feb 28, 2013 at 5:50 AM

    Its a lakers night. As warriors, rockets & jazz turned to ice…:(

  7. hack0059 - Feb 28, 2013 at 9:04 AM

    still screaming at the screen why did you take Johnny Flynn…

  8. broncobeta - Feb 28, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    Ty Lawson got robbed.

  9. windycity52 - Feb 28, 2013 at 4:10 PM



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