Rapid Reaction: Knicks 109, Warriors 105
February, 27, 2013
By Ian Begley | ESPNNewYork.com
WHAT IT MEANS: Stephen Curry channeled his inner Reggie Miller on Wednesday night, torching the Knicks for 54 points on just 28 shots.
But it was the shot that he couldn't get off that saved the Knicks.
With 1:30 to play in a tie game, Raymond Felton blocked a Curry jumper and J.R. Smith hit a turnaround on the other end to give the Knicks a two-point lead.
From there, Golden State turned it over, Carmelo Anthony hit a jumper and Felton stole the subsequent inbounds pass to give the Knicks an extra possession.
He was fouled on the play, missed both free throws, but got his own rebound to take more time off the clock. The Warriors missed three attempts in the final 20 seconds and the Knicks walked off the floor with a 109-105 win.
THE CURRY SHOW: The Knicks won the game, but Curry stole the show.
He hit 11 of 13 3s and 18 of his 28 shots. He had 23 points in the second quarter alone.
Curry had several eye-popping sequences. He hit a 3 off of a spin move to end the third quarter. He knocked down a deep 3 midway through the fourth with Tyson Chandler in his face. With a little more than five minutes to play, Curry passed out of a double-team to an open Draymond Green for a layup and then pulled up for another 3 on the Warriors' next possession to tie the game. The Garden crowd was buzzing, as it has been in the past for LeBron James and Kobe Bryant.
CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARDS: Curry wasn't the only one putting up career numbers on Wednesday. Chandler was dominant on the boards, grabbing a career-high 28 rebounds and scoring 16 points. Chandler had an incredible 13 rebounds in the first 10 minutes of the game. Too bad he couldn't do much to help out on Curry. Chandler, though, had several tap-outs that led to key baskets, none bigger than a tap-out that led to a Smith 3 with four minutes to play that put the Knicks up 102-100.
MELO FELLOW: Anthony, who had 35 points and eight assists, came up big late. He missed his first four shots in the fourth quarter but put the Knicks up two with three minutes to play with a 3-pointer and hit a turnaround jumper with :45 to go to give them a four-point lead they wouldn't give up.
Amar'e Stoudemire had 14 points in 20 minutes but was not on the floor down the stretch. Smith had 26 on 10-for-19 shooting. Jason Kidd and Iman Shumpert combined for two points on 10 shots.
KENYON DEBUTS: Kenyon Martin made his Knicks debut. He entered the game early in the second quarter, greeted by a warm ovation from the Garden crowd.
The 35-year-old played five minutes. It was clear that he needs time to get comfortable on the offensive side but Martin brought energy on defense.
WHAT'S NEXT: The Knicks will head to Washington on Friday to take on a Wizards team that beat them, 106-96, earlier this month, also in Washington.
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