The smallest player on the court received the kind of treatment from the Madison Square Garden crowd that Kobe Bryant and LeBron James usually hear, and it was deserved. Stephen Curry put on a shooting show that had the place buzzing.
For most of the first half Wednesday night, J.R. Smith was the only Knick who made a 3-pointer. He was 2-for-4, while the team was 4-for-14, hitting only two long balls late in the second quarter.
Those misses continued after halftime, and the Knicks finished the game 11-for-34 (32.4 percent) from downtown.
But Smith continued to sizzle. In fact, while Stephen Curry was going off in the second half — connecting on seven 3-pointers — the Knicks’ sixth man had two big, quick-release 3-pointers down the stretch that gave his team the lead both times.
They doubled teamed him. They sent traps at him. They tried face-guarding him.
But, really, there was only one thing the New York Knicks could do to stop Stephen Curry on Wednesday night.
“Just hope that he misses,” Carmelo Anthony said after the Knicks’ 109-105 win over the Golden State Warriors.
He didn’t miss much.
Curry channeled his inner Reggie Miller at Madison Square Garden, scoring a career-high and NBA season-high 54 points on just 28 shots.
On Wednesday afternoon, the Knicks received bad news: Rasheed Wallace needs surgery and will be out for eight weeks with a broken bone in his left foot.
The team had no immediate answer at backup center, as Marcus Camby’s return from a strained left plantar remains uncertain.
But who needs a backup center when your starting center records 16 points, a career-high 28 rebounds, two steals and a block? That’s exactly what Tyson Chandler did on Wednesday night in the Knicks’ 109-105 win over the Golden State Warriors.
Stephen Curry placed himself in that rarefied air Wednesday night with a performance at the World’s Most Famous Arena that was every bit as mesmerizing as anything the aforementioned group has produced. The big difference, of course, is that Jordan, LeBron, Kobe and Reggie capped their memorable moments with a victory.
What saved the Knicks in the end, when they held on for a 109-105 victory? Defense, for a change, even on a night when they allowed one of the top shooters in the NBA to fire in 11 three-pointers.
Andre Miller scored the go-ahead layup with 24.9 seconds left against his former team and the Denver Nuggets held off the Portland Trail Blazers 111-109 on Wednesday night for their third straight victory.
Golden State guard Stephen Curry scored a NBA season-high 54 points but only earned praise and not a win as the New York Knicks prevailed 109-105 against the Warriors at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday.
After a 25-day, nine-game road trip, the San Antonio Spurs were glad to be back in their own building, relaxed and ready to add to their 18-game home winning streak.
Chamique Holdsclaw, a former W.N.B.A. player and Olympic gold medalist, is being indicted on charges of aggravated assault, criminal damage and possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony.
Wesley Johnson hit a 3-pointer to force overtime, and the Phoenix Suns beat San Antonio, 105-101. In other action, the Bucks escaped the Rockets.
The Knicks escaped Golden State despite a career-high 54 points from the Warriors’ Stephen Curry, who sank 11 3-pointers.
Stephen Curry rose for another jumper, and by then even the Knicks probably figured it would go in.
Russell Westbrook warned Kevin Durant that he was going to come off a pick-and-roll and then make a backdoor cut to the basket.
Al Horford scored 34 points and grabbed 15 rebounds, while Josh Smith added 24 points 14 rebounds to help the Atlanta Hawks hold off a fourth-quarter rally by the Utah Jazz and claim a 102-91 victory Wednesday night.
Golden State Coach Mark Jackson said he did not think a lot about his first game as an N.B.A. coach at Madison Square Garden. But when Jackson entered the Garden before Wednesday’s game, he said he was reminded of how special the arena was and how significant the moment was.
Golden State guard Stephen Curry scored a NBA season-high 54 points but it wasn’t enough as the New York Knicks prevailed 109-105 against the Warriors at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday.
With Joe Johnson sidelined with a heel injury, Deron Williams has stepped up for the Nets. He scored 33 points, 11 in the final 90 seconds, against the Hornets.
Zach Randolph scored 22 points and Marc Gasol added 21 as the Memphis Grizzlies matched their largest comeback in franchise history, rallying to beat the Dallas Mavericks 90-84 on Wednesday night.
For the Brooklyn native John Galea, the Nets never really existed until they discovered his hometown.
Monta Ellis sank an off-balance 3-pointer just before the final buzzer to give the Milwaukee Bucks a 110-107 victory over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night.
Rookie Dion Waiters scored 23 points, Shaun Livingston added 15 and the Cleveland Cavaliers overcame a horrendous start and playing without injured All-Star Kyrie Irving for the second straight game, beating the Toronto Raptors 103-92 on Wednesday night.
The veteran Rasheed Wallace helped push the Knicks to a 17-5 start before his injury.
John Salmons had 21 points to lead six players in double-figures and the hot-shooting Sacramento Kings cruised to a 125-101 victory over the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night.
No matter how well things are going for either team, the Detroit Pistons nearly always get the better of the Washington Wizards.
The New York Knicks said Wednesday new X-rays of Rasheed Wallace’s left foot showed a broken bone, and he is expected to miss another eight weeks, possibly ending his comeback season.
Pacers center Roy Hibbert and Warriors forward David Lee have each been suspended a game without pay for starting an altercation during their game that drifted into the courtside seats.
No. 1 draft pick Anthony Davis did not travel with the New Orleans Hornets for Wednesday night’s game at Oklahoma City, and guard Eric Gordon was also out of the starting lineup.
Kyrie Irving is following Cleveland’s prescribed plan of rest.
Coach Mike Woodson called Rasheed Wallace’s ongoing foot surgery “a blow,â? but he hasn’t given up on the defensive forward making a return for the playoffs.
The Knicks’ fears regarding Wallace were realized before Wednesday night’s 109-105 win over the Warriors at the Garden. The team announced…
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