Gameday: Warriors at Knicks - 2/27/13
There are shooters, and then there's Stephen Curry. The 24 year old went off for a career-high 54 points and a franchise record 11 3-pointers, but it wasn't enough as the Knicks came out on the winning end of a 109-105 showdown at the Garden on Wednesday night. Curry’s 54 points mark the most by any player in the league so far this season. Jarrett Jack and Carl Landry combined for 29 points off the bench while rookie Draymond Green made his first career-start and pulled down five boards. Playing without David Lee, the Warriors were outrebounded 46-38 by the Knicks. Golden State will return to action on Friday night, taking on the Celtics in Boston.
On the game:
“I’m extremely proud of my guys. We might have been overmatched at times, but our guys didn’t quit – they continued to battle. It was a phenomenal performance by Steph (Stephen Curry). The Knicks made some big shots and big plays, but I’m very proud of the way our team played.”
On Stephen Curry:
We were short-handed and needed a performance like that to have a chance. He (Stephen Curry) put on a clinic. He knocked down shots in all areas. He led us in rebounding. I’ve seen a lot of great performances in this building and his goes up there... That shooting performance was a thing of beauty.
More on Stephen Curry:
I let him go all the time. The sad thing is to the audience, that was Stephen getting hot, but to us that’s just who he is. He’s a knock-down shooter in the highest regard.
On tonight's game:
“I felt good all night I obviously played the whole game so I was trying to keep my legs underneath me on the offensive end and stick to the game plan on the defensive end. Once I started to see that three ball going down in transition and all sorts of spots over the floor I knew it was going to be a good night. I found some open spots in transition and was able to get good looks when I’m able to get good looks and see the ball go in a couple times and then you start to find yourself open each position I had confidence to rise up and take it no matter where I was on the floor. Guys got me open on screen-and- rolls was able to get in the paint a little bit and try to stay in the game and make it interesting in the fourth quarter but obviously we didn’t get the win though.”
More on tonight's game:
“There is a lot of energy in that arena for both teams when I started putting up some numbers. When I made a couple shots you could hear the crowd a little bit and obviously when they were knocking down dagger threes it was electric so it was kind of running off adrenaline down the stretch and taking advantage of the TV timeouts (which are a) little longer than normal. I knew it was a good night just didn’t know exactly what that meant you don’t want to jinx yourself because you obviously want to get the win, or try to get the win .”
On Stephen Curry's performance:
“It was incredible by Steph. Without him tonight, who knows what the score would have been. I think he took it as a personal challenge to put it (the game) on his shoulders with David (Lee) being out and he just put on a phenomenal performance. I just told him that I have never been a part of anything like that in my life.”
BACK IN THE BIG APPLE
Wednesday’s contest will be the first of two meetings between the Warriors and Knicks this season. Golden State has dominated the series recently, having won 15 of the last 19 against New York including their lone meeting last season. In fact, the Warriors have not lost at Madison Square Garden since 2008. The two teams will face off for the final time this season on March 11 in Oakland.
LAST TIME OUT
In a hard-fought game that featured a bench-clearing altercation in the fourth quarter, the Warriors fell to the Pacers 108-97 on Tuesday. Stephen Curry led the way for the Warriors with a season-high 38 points on 14-of-20 shooting including seven three-pointers. David Lee registered his league-leading 37th double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds. Carl Landry almost had one of his own with 11 points and nine boards.
Road trips are nothing new for this squad. The Warriors are in the middle of their fourth and final road trip of four-or-more games this season. At 15-17, the Warriors are tied for the sixth-most road wins in the league. The 15 wins are also more than the team has had on the road in any of the last four seasons. The Warriors would love to scoop up as many remaining road wins as they can get before playing a very home-heavy schedule the rest of the way, including 11 games at Oracle in March.
VALUE THE BALL
The Warriors haven’t exactly been playing their crispest ball of late, and it’s really showing up in the turnover category. In Tuesday’s loss to the Pacers, the Warriors turned the ball over 20 times which resulted in 29 points for Indiana. If you include Sunday’s victory at Minnesota, the Warriors have turned the ball over 42 times resulting in 61 points for the opposition in the last two games combined. As proven by the game outcomes, the Warriors’ reckless play has not made life on the road any easier. For a team that possesses some of the most skilled shooters in the game today, it’s vital for Golden State to value each and every possession and limit the opponents’ fast-break opportunities.
NEW YORK SCOUTING REPORT
New York has been struggling lately, losing four of their last five games. Don’t let this fool you though, the Knicks have the 10th best home record in the league and are 8-3 against the Western Conference. Coincidentally, the Warriors have the 10th best road record in the league (15-17) and are 8-3 against the Eastern Conference while on the road. Led by perennial All-Star Carmelo Anthony, the Knicks average 100.1 points a game, so the Warriors’ defense will have to be on-point if they want to walk out of Madison Square Garden with a victory.
GSW: Andrew Bogut (back spasms) and Brandon Rush (torn ACL and MCL, left knee) are out.
NYK: Marcus Camby (strained left plantar fascia) and Rasheed Wallace (sore left foot) are out.