It was a Wednesday night, February 27th, the New York Knicks were hosting the Golden State Warriors in a well anticipated match up. Golden State was forced to play without their starting front court – All-Star forward David Lee and center Andrew Bogut, as Lee was going through a one game suspension while Bogut was suffering back spasms.
There were many concerns about how the struggling Warriors were going to match up against the Knicks without two of their best players.
Well, point guard Stephen Curry was the answer. He absolutely erupted in Madison Square Garden Wednesday night. It seemed as if every shot he threw up no matter how tough it was, went right in. The youngster went 11-13 from downtown breaking a franchise record for most threes in a single match up and falling one shy for most threes ever made in a game. He became the first player in NBA history to hit at least ten threes and score 50 points in a game. Quite astonishing from a player who did not make the All Star game.
Playing all 48 minutes, Curry finished with seven assists and six rebounds while passing his previous career best of 42 points, and Kevin Durant’s 52-point performance that had been the best in the NBA this season.
Despite the fact that Golden State couldn’t hang on and lost a disappointing one by just four points (109-105), this was without a question one of the best shooting displays in the history of the game. Curry went 18-28 from the field to go a long with his impressive 11-13 from behind the arc. He put on a show as he lit up MSG like a christmas tree. The promising young man was hitting all sorts of shots – fadeaways, step backs, floaters, and some incredibly deep threes. As Glen Kuiper said, some of his shots should have counted as four points they were so deep.
Curry is clearly the leader of this team and his 54 point explosion was just an exclamation mark. Some questioned the $40+ million contract general manager Bob Myers signed him to in the offseason, but I suppose everyone is now very content with the deal we gave him. He has certainly proved he is worthy and will be the leader of this franchise for at least the next few years.