After snapping a nasty four-game losing streak, the New York Knicks may be on the path to doing something a little more positive—going on a win streak. The Knicks overcame Stephen Curry’s NBA season-high 54 points to beat the Golden State Warriors 109-105 on Wednesday, at Madison Square Garden improving to 34-20.
And boy, was that MSG crowd feeling this win. The Garden was electric.
It was a tough win for the Knicks, and most thought they wouldn’t come out with a win. Both teams are opposites. The Warriors are young and speedy, and the Knicks are, well, they’re old and slow. But they showed resilience tonight.
The Knicks were almost victim’s to the 24-year-old Curry’s sharp shooting. Curry went 11-of-13 on three-point shots. The kid was on fire—Curry’s performance ranks third behind Kobe Bryant’s 61 points and Michael Jordan’s 55 points for most points scored by an opponent at the current Madison Square Garden. Quite the company.
But the Knicks withstood all the Warriors and the young guard gave them, and pulled out with a win with some impressive performances from some of the Knicks’ stars and a very important stop (finally) by Raymond Felton, blocking Curry’s shot that probably would’ve broken the tie.
Carmelo Anthony scored 35 points, and J.R. Smith scored 26 points while the Knicks’ center Tyson Chandler grabbed a career-high 28 rebounds (yes, 28) and also contributing 16 points. Amar’e Stoudemire had another nice night off the bench, scoring 14 points on 6-for-7 shooting.
Melo and J.R. were clutch down the stretch, both making key three-pointers, and with the score tied at 105, both players scored again.
It didn’t look to be a close game at first, though, as the Knicks came right off the gate on scoring runs and ending up with a 25-11 lead late in the first quarter. But the Knicks wanted to keep it interesting, and let the Warriors go on a run that cut their lead. Then it was the Curry show from then on, and he almost pulled off a win–and probably would have if David Lee wasn’t suspended.
The Knicks must feel good, winning their second straight game, but they can’t ease up on the gas pedal.