Curry displays pure shooting ability
When playing in Madison Square Garden, on national television, it's a must that you bring your A-game. Stephen Curry got the memo and displayed his A-plus game in the world's most famous arena. The Warriors guard was on fire the entire night, scoring an NBA season-high 54 points, including a franchise-record 11 shots from behind the arc. Though Curry may have been sizzling against the Knicks, he was cooking all week long. The league's eighth-leading scorer averaged 29.8 points in games against the Pacers, Celtics, 76ers and Raptors -- the only downside being that Golden State lost three of those games.
But Steph wasn't the only hoopster to have a spectacular stretch. LeBron James continued to rule the hardwood with his ability to score from anywhere in a way that makes fans ooh and aah, while Kobe Bryant picked up a new nickname after looking as if he was in his 20s again. On the college level, Brittney Griner put all her talents on display, even dunking for the first time on Baylor's home court since her freshman year. Ryan Kelly rounded out the top five with a dynamic presentation of his perimeter and interior skills in his first game since Jan. 8.
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2013 Cross-Sport Power Rankings panel: Sara Walsh, John Buccigross, Robert Flores, Michael Smith, Bram Weinstein, Mike Hill, Jorge Andres, Charissa Thompson, DJ Gallo, Jim Basquil, Kevin Connors, Jeff MacGregor and Steve Weissman
Cross-Sport Power Rankings: Feb. 26-March 4
|NBA fans knew Stephen Curry was a good shooter before Wednesday's game, but to put up a career-high 54 points, including 11 3-pointers on the Knicks in Madison Square Garden well, that was unexpected. That wasn't the only game Curry dropped major buckets in last week: He put up 38 on the Pacers, 25 on the Celtics, 30 on the 76ers and 26 on the Raptors.|
|LeBron James continues to do it all, having collected double-doubles in each of his last four games. James posted season highs with 40 points and 16 rebounds against the Kings, 18 and 10 assists against the Grizzlies, 29 and 11 boards on the Knicks, and 20 and 10 rebounds against the Timberwolves. With the win in Minnesota, the Heat set a franchise record with their 15th consecutive victory.|
|Kobe Bryant, aka "the vino," is playing more like he's 24 years old, not 34, with numbers like 33, 5 and 5 in 32 minutes against the Timberwolves, and 34, 6 and 4 in 39 minutes against the Hawks. Bryant's play has helped the Lakers get back to .500, a place they haven't been since late December, and primed for a playoff push.|
|When talking about Brittney Griner, Tim Legler said he thinks "she's the most dominant player in all of college basketball, male or female." That may be true after the performance the Baylor senior put on this week. Griner netted her fifth career triple-double with 28 points, 10 rebounds and 10 blocks against West Virginia, and 50 points including a sweet drop-step dunk against Kansas State.|
|Ryan Kelly had to watch from the bench the last time his Duke teammates faced Miami, as they got blown out the gym by 27 points. This time around, he was all healed up and ready to play. In his first game in nearly two months, Kelly erupted for a career-high 36 points on 10 of 14 shots -- including 7-of-9-from three as the Blue Devils downed the Hurricanes 79-76.|
|Doug McDermott has put together one nice season for the regular-season Missouri Valley Conference champion Creighton Bluejays. McDermott wrapped up the regular season with 32 points and 11 rebounds at Bradley and a season-high 41 points and 6 rebounds against Wichita State. As a reward for his efforts during his junior campaign, he was named a finalist for the Oscar Robertson National Player of the Year Trophy.|
|Carl Edwards' Sprint Cup Series 70-race winless streak is over after he held off Jimmie Johnson and Brad Keselowski in Phoenix on Sunday. "This win feels as good or better than any win I've ever had," he said, as made evident by the return of his trademark backflip. Edwards' previous Sprint Cup Series win was on March 6, 2011, at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, which is where his next race will take place.|
|By hitting a single shot in a high school basketball game, New Rochelle's Khalil Edney went from average student-athlete to instant celebrity. That's because he drained a game-winning 3-pointer from 55 feet away. The miraculous buzzer-beater lifted his team to an upset victory over Mount Vernon in the New York Section 1 Class AA championship game. What's even crazier: Before his last-second heave, Edney had not hit a 3 all season.|
|Corey Crawford is a big reason Chicago is on a 22-game point streak. The Blackhawks goalie saved 32 of 33 shots in Sunday's shootout win over the Red Wings, and has an impressive save percentage of .945 so far this season. Teammate Patrick Kane may have summed it up best by saying "He was unbelievable."|
Track & Field
|The 16-year-old high school junior won the women's mile at the USA Indoor Track & Field Championships on Sunday. Her time of 5:05.86 wasn't record-breaking by any means, but it was enough to get the job done. Cain is the first high school student to win a national indoor or outdoor championship since Allyson Felix did it in 2003.|
The Cross-Sport Power Rankings week runs from Tuesday to Monday, covering all sporting events in that seven-day span.
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