Curry went off (emphasis on off) for 54 points, going 18-28 from the field (11-13 from 3PT, a franchise record). He scored more than half of the Golden State’s total points (105) in a heartbreaking loss to New York. Curry scored the most points by an NBA player in a loss since Kobe Bryant had 58 in a loss to Charlotte on Dec. 29, 2006.
Carmelo Anthony, who led the Knicks with 35 points, J.R. Smith, and Tyson Chandler spoiled Curry’s magical performance.
As Anthony and Smith combined for 61 points, Chandler grabbed a career-high 28 rebounds and dominated the short handed Warriors all night, who were without former Knick David Lee (suspension).
Anthony and Curry had stretches in the second and fourth quarters in which one of them would dribble down and score, watch the other one come back and answer, and then repeat that sequence. In the end, though, Anthony got the better of the rising Curry, who felt great shooting the ball all night despite playing all 48 minutes.
“There was a lot of energy in that arena for both teams,’’ Curry said. “When I started putting up some numbers, when I made a couple of shots, you could hear the crowd. I was running off adrenaline”
Chandler had seen enough of Curry in the last two minutes of the game.
“I said this guy is not going to single-handedly beat us tonight,’’ Chandler said before the Knicks finally shut Curry down in the final two minutes.
Raymond Felton blocked his jump-shot and passed it up-court to Smith who then put the Knicks up by two with just over a minute left.
New York’s tri-performance by Anthony, Smith, and Chandler eclipsed Curry’s one-man-show to give the Knicks their second straight win.