The NBA’s best players have a thing about being on the biggest stage — they know it and they put on their best performances in Madison Square Garden.
Stephen Curry dropped 54 points on the Knicks last season in a coming out party, on Friday night he followed it up with 27 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists in three quarters, leading the Warriors to an easy win 126-103 over the struggling Knicks. Curry was 5-of-11 from three and 3-of-4 inside eight feet, while making analytics people everywhere happy by mostly avoiding the midrange shot (0-of-2).
The Warriors put up 38 points in the first quarter and 73 in the first half as the Knicks defense was porous. To be kind. Klay Thompson went on to have 25 on the night and Jermaine O’Neal had 15 off the bench.
Carmelo Anthony had 23 points for the Knicks but needed 26 shots to get there. Tim Hardaway Jr. had 22 points on just 11 shots. Tyson Chandler was clearly frustrated and got ejected.
Didn’t matter, this was Curry’s night. He is one of the game’s premiere scorers and showman, a player who knows when it’s time to put on a show. At the Knicks expense.