Golden State Warrior guard Stephen Curry put on one of the season’s most memorable performances last night at Madison Square Garden, making a career-high 54 points and a franchise-record 11 three-pointers against the Knicks.
After Warrior forward David Lee was suspended from a scuffle in Indiana two nights ago, it was obvious Golden State would need to rely heavily on Curry. While the Warriors would eventually fall to the Knicks in a nail-biter by a score of 105 to 109, it didn’t stop Curry from playing the game of his life.
After a 4-point first quarter, Curry put up 23 in the second on 7-for-10 shooting and 4 three-pointers. He followed this with 11 points in the third, and 16 in the fourth. Along with Curry’s 54, he added 6 rebounds, 7 assists, and 3 steals.
Curry did not step off the court, logging 48 full minutes of playing time. He finished the game shooting 64.3% from the field and 11-for-13 from three-point territory. Curry’s 54 points were the most by any NBA player this season.
Curry’s incredible shooting display also places him at fifth all-time on the list for scoring-performances at Madison Square Garden IV, according to ESPN. Only three players are placed ahead of him on this list: Michael Jordan, who scored 55 there in 1995, Bernard King who posted 55 and 60 as a member of the Knicks in the 80s, and Kobe Bryant with 61 in 2009.
Although Curry stole the show, he was not the only star who posted incredible statistics. Tyson Chandler posted a career-high 28 rebound, only ten short of the Warrior’s team rebound mark. He finished his double-double with 16 points on 5-for-9 shooting.
Along with Chandler, Carmelo Anthony scored 35 and dished out 8 assists, and J.R. Smith came off the bench to score 26 points with 6 three-pointers in his 35 minutes.