It was a career game for Tyson Chandler and Stephen Curry. The New York Knicks out battled a Golden State Warriors team which was without their best forward and former Knicks player David Lee. Chandler and Curry had probably the best games of their respective careers and did plenty for their teams. However, the Knicks were able to walk away with the win at Madison Square Garden once again.
Curry went ballistic on Wednesday evening. The Warriors guard scored a NBA season high 54 points on 11-13 from 3-pt range. Curry’s 54 points marks the 11th most points scored at Madison Square Garden and is just behind Michael Jordan‘s 55 points in 1995. The 11 3-pointers ties a Warriors record.
Curry’s outstanding game proves that he is a force to be reckon with, especially when he doesn’t have much support from his teammates. He scored over half of the team’s points, which showed that he was able to make up for the team’s lack of offense against a Knicks team that has been struggling on defense as of late.
However, the Knicks picked things back up on Wednesday evening. Chandler, like Curry, had a career night as well. He racked up a career high 28 rebounds, including a season high 10 offensive rebounds. He was able to pick up the slack for the Knicks as they almost lost the game late in the going, but were able to come up with a few stops on the defensive side which they haven’t been able to do as of late and he was an immense help.
Though Chandler’s performance was outstanding, it’s overshadowed by Curry’s performance, which exceeded expectations of the former first round pick from the 2009 NBA draft. Besides scoring as frequently as he did, he was able to dish the ball to his teammates and racked up seven assists. Even with all that scoring, he was able to have more assists than his average on the year. Curry also had three steals which showed how energetic he was throughout the game.
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