The New York Knicks hung on for a big home win over the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday, finishing with an 109-105 victory despite an incredible performance from Warriors guard Stephen Curry.
Curry would finish with an incredible 54 points on the night and 11 three-pointers—both of which were season and franchise records respectively—but it wouldn't be enough to get past the Knicks, who had their own superstar achievement taking place.
Tyson Chandler would record an amazing 28 rebounds in the win, with 13 alone coming in the first half of play. He would couple that with 16 points as well to record one of the more emphatic double-double performances of the 2013 season so far.
The Knicks led by as many as 12 at the start of the second quarter and looked to have a comfortable home victory in the bag here, but with Curry lighting it up for the visitors, never truly pulled away from their opponents all night.
The two teams would exchange baskets right throughout the night, with the Knicks' three-point lead essentially remaining intact until the final whistle. Golden State did tie the game at 105-all with just two minutes remaining, but with some poor turnovers on consecutive plays, gave the Knicks a four-point buffer that the home side would carry all the way to the final whistle.
Man of the Match: Stephen Curry, PG, Golden State Warriors
He might have ended up on the losing team, but it's hard to go pick anyone other than Stephen Curry as the man of the match here following his huge night.
Curry's 54 points are the highest by any player in the NBA this season, and his 11 three-pointers drained in this one are an all-time franchise record as well.
Simply put, without him, there's no way that the Warriors would have even come close in this one—nor would they have nearly pulled off an incredible road win.
That's nothing against Chandler's 28 rebounds or Carmelo Anthony's 35 points and eight assists; it's just a statement about how incredible the PG was Wednesday night.
Hard to go past him for the man of the match here.
Up Next for the Knicks
New York's next appearance is on Friday night when they take on the Washington Wizards at home, whom they've split the series with so far this year.
The Wizards are 18-37 for the season and third-last in the Eastern Conference, but have won seven of their past 10 fixtures in the league.
Up Next for the Warriors
The Warriors continue their road trip with a journey to Boston to take on the Celtics, whom they beat by 18 points when they met earlier on in the year.
Boston is an impressive 20-9 at home this year and has moved its way up the Eastern Conference standings well after Rajon Rondo's season-ending injury, while the Warriors have now lost seven of their past 10 matches.