What’s the best way to overcome a 54-point performance from Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors?
A team effort would help, not to mention a 28-rebound performance from Tyson Chandler of the New York Knicks.
It was the Knicks overcoming Curry and the Warriors 109-105 Wednesday night in a game for the ages.
Curry pumped in the 54 points but for the Knicks, Carmelo Anthony netted 35 points, J.R. Smith had 26, and Chandler contributed 16 points and a career-high 28 rebounds as the Knicks (34-20) overcame Curry’s historic night to win their second straight.
Chandler is averaging 11.3 points and 11.1 rebounds a game, but his 28 rebounds was, in some respects, even more impressive than Curry’s performance. His career rebounding average is 9.1 per game, and he’s obviously having an extraordinary season. He’s especially shooting the ball well, considering he’s at 66.1 percent from the floor so far.
Chandler has had many outstanding games rebounding. In the beginning of February, he tallied three straight games in which he brought down exactly 20 rebounds in each one. In two of those games. Eight of those rebounds were on the offensive end.
It’s too bad he had to bring down 28 rebounds in one game before NBA observers could declare what a rebounding gem Chandler is. When he wants a board, there’s no stopping him.
More importantly for the Knicks, when a player like Chandler is going crazy on the board, there’s no stopping the entire team.