Curry's triple-double helps Warriors rout Knicks

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 28, 2014 at 10:56 pm •  Published: February 28, 2014
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NEW YORK (AP) — Stephen Curry's last Madison Square Garden performance was breathtaking, the most dazzling display of outside shooting ever at the famed arena.

It resulted in a loss, so Curry tried a different tactic Friday night — and ended up making more MSG history.

Curry had 27 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists in three quarters, Klay Thompson added 25 points, and the Golden State Warriors sent the frustrated New York Knicks to a fifth straight loss with a 126-103 victory.

Returning to the site of his sensational shooting performance of a year ago, when he scored a career-high 54 points on 11-of-13 shooting from 3-point range, Curry showed off his entire skill set in this one.

"To get a win this year is bigger than any stats, but to play well and to impact the game the way I wanted to, it definitely felt great," Curry said.

Curry joined LeBron James as the only visiting players with a 50-point game and a triple-double at the current MSG, opened in 1968. Knicks Patrick Ewing, Bernard King and Carmelo Anthony also did it.

"I've had teammates that had big nights a year ago and right away they're thinking, 'I'm going to have another big night scoring the basketball,'" Golden State coach Mark Jackson said. "That's not Steph Curry. He's an unselfish basketball player and he's all about the team."

The NBA's assists leader made five 3-pointers, as did backcourt mate Thompson. The 6-foot-3 All-Star also grabbed nine defensive rebounds in his fourth career triple-double and third this season, bouncing back from one of his worst performances of the season. He had a season low-tying five points on 2-of-10 shooting Wednesday in a 103-83 loss to Chicago.

Golden State easily rebounded from that defeat to win for the fifth time in six games.

Anthony had 23 points and 16 rebounds for the Knicks, blown out for the second straight night in a season that's starting to feel hopeless no matter what the sorry Eastern Conference standings say. They seem to know it, with an agitated Tyson Chandler thrown out in the fourth quarter after picking up two technical fouls, the first for shoving Warriors backup Marreese Speights.

"It's not a mental thing, it's a heart thing," Knicks forward J.R. Smith said. "You can't let people score 40, 50 points in the paint over and over again, then we ain't going to win. We ain't going to win games like that."

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