Curry has 54, but Knicks edge Warriors
by Matt Eppers, USA TODAY Sports
Warriors coach Mark Jackson, a native New Yorker and former Knicks point guard, understands the allure of playing in the hallowed grounds of Madison Square Garden perhaps better than anyone.
Jackson’s reverence for the arena seems to have rubbed off on Stephen Curry.
Curry, Golden State’s fourth-year point guard, poured in an NBA season-high 54 points, including a franchise-record 11 three-pointers, Wednesday night at the Garden.
Curry, Jackson and the Warriors, however, needed a few more points, falling to the Knicks 109-105.
Carmelo Anthony had 35 points for the Knicks, while J.R. Smith had 26 and six three-pointers. Tyson Chandler had 16 points and a career-high 28 rebounds.
In between scoring all those points and burying so many 3s, Curry added seven assists, six rebounds and three steals as the Warriors lost in Jackson’s coaching debut at the arena he called home as a player from 1987-92 and 2001-02. Curry shot 18-of-28 from the field (64%) and 11-of-13 from long range. Golden State needed more balance. The rest of the team scored 51 points on 18-of-44 shooting from the field (41%) and 4-pf-14 from three-point range.