Golden State Warriors All-Universe shooter Stephen Curry dropped 54 points against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on Feb. 27, 2013. Friday night he "only" scored 27 points, but he triple-doubled with 11 assists and 11 boards as the Dubs cruised to a 126-103 win.
It was a season-high scoring total for the Warriors. They shot 48 percent and hit 14 three-pointers and marauded against New York's lax defense all night.
Klay Thompson added 25 points for Golden State, and Jermaine O'Neal put down 15 off the bench. Marreese Speights scored 12 points. More importantly, he essentially badgered Tyson Chandler into a pair of fourth-quarter technicals and an ejection.
Carmelo Anthony scored a team-high 23 points but hit only seven of his 26 shots. He also pulled down 16 rebounds in 37:29, but he didn't get much help. Tim Hardaway Jr. saw big minutes in the second half and finished with 22 points. J.R. Smith tallied 17, and Chandler came up with 12 rebounds and six points before his meltdown.
On the plus side for the Knicks, the Dubs were on pace to score 146 points after the first half, so I guess the defense improved slightly. Meanwhile, Melo and Co. fall to 12-20 at home on the season, not to mention 2-11 over the last 13 games.
The Knicks are sinking in the standings without a draft pick and now sit six games out of eighth place at 21-38. They'll face a tough test when they visit the defensive-minded Chicago Bulls on Sunday afternoon. And the Knicks hate waking up early.
The Warriors stay in sixth place having gone 5-1 since the All-Star Game. They're even with the Dallas Mavericks at 36-23 but only three games clear of the ninth-place Memphis Grizzlies. They continue road tripping with the Toronto Raptors on Sunday and face the buzz saw called "Indiana Pacers" after that.