On Wednesday Night, at Madison Square Garden, the Knicks (34-20) defeated the Golden State Warriors (33-25) 109-105. Box Score
Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks in scoring with 35 points on 10-26 shooting from the field. He also added eight assists and was 13-15 from the free throw line.
Tyson Chandler led the Knicks in rebounds with 28 which was a career high and the most a Knick has had since Willis Reed tied the franchise record with 33. 10 of those rebounds were offensive. He also scored 16 points, had one assist, one block and two steals.
J.R. Smith scored 26 points on 10-19 shooting from the floor. He hit the go ahead shot, was 6-11 from three and added five rebounds.
Stephen Curry was a man possessed tonight. He scored a career high and NBA season high 54 points on 18-28 shooting from the field. He was 11-13 from three which is one short of tying an NBA record. He had six rebounds and seven assists as well.
The Warriors starters minus Curry scored 13 points on 6-22 from the field with 16 rebounds and one assist.
Amar’e Stoudemire was 6-7 from the floor for 14 points off the bench. He also had four rebounds.
Raymond Felton had 10 points, four rebounds, four assists and four steals. He had a key block on Curry with the game tied 105-105 and also had a big steal as well with the Knicks up 109-105.
Curry’s 54 points was the most against the Knicks since Kobe Bryant scored 61 against them in the 2008-2009 season
The Warriors made 15-27 from downtown which is a shooting percentage of 56% while the Knicks were 11-34 from three for 32%
The Knicks out rebounded the Warriors 46-38 and only turned it over 10 times while the Warriors turned it over 18 times.
This is the seventh straight month the Knicks have had a winning record in the month.
The Knicks are now 5-15 in their last 20 games against the Warriors.
This is the first time the Knicks have won two in a row since their five game winning streak earlier this month.
As soon as the final buzzer sounded on this wild and fun game, I got a phone call from a friend of mine who described Stephen Curry’s performance pretty well.
“It’s like you are playing NBA 2K13 and shooting on Rookie”
What we saw tonight was something that you will be telling your children and grandchildren about for as long as you can. Of course, you will be doing so with a smile on your face as you can end the story with “…and yet, the Knicks still won the game.”
This one will be remembered for Curry’s shooting, Tyson Chandler’s amazing game rebounding the basketball and the fact the Knicks still were able to pull this one out.
It’s not everyday that Carmelo Anthony scores 35 points, gets eight assists, plays well with Amar’e Stoudemire and it’s all really just a footnote.
It’s also not everyday that a player who was 3-10 from the field, 2-6 from the free throw line, gets torched for 54 and when the game is over, can be considered one of the heroes.
Raymond Felton’s defense the final two minutes of the game was pure bulldog. He never let what Curry was doing to him keep him from trying to find a way to defend him. The block, the steal and after missing two free throws, to get the rebound off the second miss was all about effort. Felton has issues with his game and for 46 minutes wasn’t good, but he came up big when it counted most.
Oh yeah, and then you have J.R. Smith keeping the Knicks in the game in the fourth by hitting big shot after big shot. The drive, the spin and the smooth fade away from Smith was not the best shot he could have taken, but he does not care. He makes it anyway. That’s J.R., plain and simple.
I feel like tonight was where the Knicks as a team won this game over a Warriors team that was playing with one guy doing everything he could to steal the game.
I think we have seen the Knicks in the past, with Melo, try to win games with only one guy and fall short, that’s basically what happened to the Warriors.
Two wins in a row for them is good after coming back off the All-Star break really flat. But once again, the perimeter defense remains a serious flaw for the Knicks. With John Wall looming on Friday, I’m pretty afraid about the performance he could have.
At the end of the day, the Knicks were able to escape and have to feel good to survive Curry’s heroics to get the win. Lets see if they can keep up the momentum on Friday against Washington before the showdown against Miami on Sunday.
Coming up next the Knicks are back on the road for a quick one game trip as the head down to our Nations Capital to take on John Wall, Nene and the Washington Wizards. The game will start at 7:00 pm Friday and will be shown on MSG.