NEW YORK –- Usually it’s Stephen Curry who leaves his mark on Madison Square Garden.
But on Sunday night, the league’s MVP left the building with not only his worst shooting outing of the season but with a large scratch on his forehead.
In an attempt to slow down the best shooter in the game, Carmelo Anthony extended his hand out and placed it on Curry’s forehead while guarding the Golden State Warriors star on the perimeter but ended up accidentally leaving a deep, red scratch along Curry’s forehead.
“Some, uh, great defense,” Curry said with a chuckle when asked about the gash before later nodding when asked if it was Anthony’s hand-to-head combat that left the mark. “I’m glad they called a foul, though.”
Curry, who once lit the Garden up with 11 three-pointers and 54 points in February of 2013, had a rare off night with 13 points on 5-for-17 shooting.
While the Warriors came away with a 116-95 win over the New York Knicks to improve to 44-4, Curry didn’t escape unscathed.
“I was just putting my hand up,” said Anthony, who had picked up Curry on a switch at the top of the 3-point arc before being whistled for the foul with 7:05 left in the fourth quarter. “I didn't want him to raise up. Helluva player. I was just trying to figure out a way how you can stop him.
"I saw [the scratch] after the fact."
It’s hard to blame Anthony. After all, Curry not only has exploded for 54 against the Knicks before, but he also had a triple-double with 27 points, 11 assists and 11 rebounds on a February visit in 2014.
And despite his poor shooting night, Curry actually launched a shot after the Anthony foul and buried it just from inside the 3-point line, but the shot didn't count.
When asked if he saw how Curry acquired his newest battle scar, teammate Draymond Green did a little reenactment.
“Did that scratch happen when Melo was holding his head like this?” Green said as he placed one of his hands on his forehead. “If not, no, I didn’t see it.”