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Stephen Curry drops triple-double on Knicks at MSG

Mar 1, 2014, 4:20 AM EDT

The NBA’s best players have a thing about being on the biggest stage — they know it and they put on their best performances in Madison Square Garden.

Stephen Curry dropped 54 points on the Knicks last season in a coming out party, on Friday night he followed it up with 27 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists in three quarters, leading the Warriors to an easy win 126-103 over the struggling Knicks. Curry was 5-of-11 from three and 3-of-4 inside eight feet, while making analytics people everywhere happy by mostly avoiding the midrange shot (0-of-2).

The Warriors put up 38 points in the first quarter and 73 in the first half as the Knicks defense was porous. To be kind. Klay Thompson went on to have 25 on the night and Jermaine O’Neal had 15 off the bench.

Carmelo Anthony had 23 points for the Knicks but needed 26 shots to get there. Tim Hardaway Jr. had 22 points on just 11 shots. Tyson Chandler was clearly frustrated and got ejected.

Didn’t matter, this was Curry’s night. He is one of the game’s premiere scorers and showman, a player who knows when it’s time to put on a show. At the Knicks expense.

  1. eugenesaxe1 - Mar 1, 2014 at 5:12 AM

    If only he could stay healthy…

    • spthegr8 - Mar 1, 2014 at 10:32 AM

      Great shooting by Steph as usual but, can someone help me understand, why are the Knick players going underneath of screens ( Because if you are guarding a shooter you are supposed to go over top of the screen ) when covering the BEST shooter in the game today..?? SMFH!!!!!!

      • casualcommenter - Mar 1, 2014 at 11:31 AM

        Laziness.

        Seriously – they switch on most pick and rolls, and when they don’t switch, they go under screens even when defending elite shooters. You do that if you’re just going through the motions on defense and don’t really care.

        The Knicks are a team that has more or less quit on their coach. Lack of talent is a big issue for them, but so is lack of effort/heart.

      • ryanaammess - Mar 1, 2014 at 3:10 PM

        Its Woodson. They have been switching constantly since he was hired with D’antoni. The guy is an idiot. Hell of a goatee though.

    • casualcommenter - Mar 1, 2014 at 11:35 AM

      You should watch basketball more often. Curry has had only one bad year in terms of injuries. This is his fifth season, and of the previous 4 seasons, he’s played in at least 74 out of 82 games (90%) for 3 of them.

      This year, he’s missed just 3 out of 59 games and was voted as an All-Star starter. Barring an injury in the next few months, he’ll likely play at least 74 games for the 4th time in 5 seasons.

      One bad season isn’t enough to label a guy as who can’t stay healthy.

  2. saint1997 - Mar 1, 2014 at 6:59 AM

    My problem with Steph, and don’t get me wrong he’s a talented kid obviously, is his mentality. Obviously not a problem in this game, but he seems to have a lack of determination and grit sometimes and the whole Warriors ethos seems to have deteriorated this season. I see PGs like Paul, Wall and Lillard as the only 5 point men who could lead their team (being the best player) to a championship at some point in the future. The rest either there game just isn’t suited to being that guy (Rondo, Parker) or they’re attitude will never be right (Curry, Irving)

    • bassinitup90 - Mar 1, 2014 at 7:36 AM

      Either your an idiot or you don’t watch warriors games.

      • ProBasketballPundit - Mar 1, 2014 at 7:37 PM

        *you’re

    • ryanaammess - Mar 1, 2014 at 8:26 AM

      Do you watch basketball?

      • fanofthegame79 - Mar 1, 2014 at 9:20 AM

        I was thinking the same thing, Ryan. Saint, how in the world can you not include Tony Parker as a premier PG? He has multiple championships and a Finals MVP. Paul, Wall and Lillard have nothing close (and Paul has been in the league a while – we can excuse Wall and Lillard due to their age and time in the NBA).

      • saint1997 - Mar 3, 2014 at 4:32 AM

        Yeh look I do mate, I was just making a point. You’re way of disagreeing was both disrespectful and also nondescript – I am happy to substantiate any of my points if you want to point to precisely where I was wrong.

    • casualcommenter - Mar 1, 2014 at 11:38 AM

      “Tony Parker may have been voted Finals MVP once and won multiple championship rings, but he’ll never lead his team to a championship! Book it!”

      • saint1997 - Mar 3, 2014 at 4:30 AM

        Yeh look the point I was making, and I was very close to including Parker there, was that I’m not sure if he was unequivocally the best player in the Spurs system at the time. If he was on another team, would he have led them to a ring?

  3. rastaraider - Mar 1, 2014 at 8:35 AM

    Face of the NBA

  4. sportsfan18 - Mar 1, 2014 at 9:03 AM

    Steph, you’re a great player.

    But should the league recognize any triple doubles that come against the Knicks?

    They don’t play any defense…

    Defense to Melo simply means crossing over half court to the opponents side of the court…

  5. belleby123 - Mar 1, 2014 at 1:32 PM

    So Kurt, let me see if I got this straight: if Curry scores big against underachievers like the Knicks it’s noteworthy, but if he gets completely and utterly shut down by the Bulls it’s not worth a mention? Any explanation for this?

    • Kurt Helin - Mar 1, 2014 at 4:57 PM

      Since when is a shooter having an off night a big story? Why are Bulls fans so sensitive is a better question?

      • gmsingh123 - Mar 2, 2014 at 7:46 AM

        Damn, Kurt, really? You are going to disrespect the best defensive coach in the league like that? That’s just sad.

      • sportsfan18 - Mar 2, 2014 at 1:21 PM

        With the Bulls great team “D”, to me it’s a bigger story if a player has a big night against them.

        If a player like Curry gets shut down by the Bulls, well that’s what I expect…

  6. jzone954 - Mar 1, 2014 at 3:59 PM

    Canton bounds team…..

    Man it’s getting ugly

  7. pdub923 - Mar 1, 2014 at 11:03 PM

    What is the statistical line for when and when not to use the word “drops”? Can someone “score” 30 points and “drop” 40? Can an 11th man “drop” 10? Also, dropping a triple double sounds like maybe he almost had the 10th rebound but then dropped it.

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