8:00 PM ET, February 28, 2014
Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
The last time Stephen Curry was in Madison Square Garden, he turned in the third-highest scoring effort in the building's history at the time.
That memorable performance is now the fourth-best total at "The World's Most Famous Arena" thanks to Carmelo Anthony's record-setting output earlier this season.
Curry created a major buzz in the NBA world Feb. 27, 2013. He scored a career-high 54 points and made a franchise-best 11 3-pointers on 13 attempts in a 109-105 loss at New York, shouldering the scoring load for a Warriors team without the suspended David Lee.
"Definitely cool to think about going back to the Garden and playing and enjoying the atmosphere," Curry said. "Different situation we were in last year with the lineup we were going to throw out there. So I am just ready to get a win and enjoy it even more."
There's no less an authority on New York City basketball than Golden State coach Mark Jackson, a Brooklyn native who also reminisced about the contest at Thursday's practice.
"He had an answer for everything they tried," said Jackson, who played his home games collegiately at MSG with St. John's before starting his pro playing career with the Knicks. "It was a special night. Without David, he put us on his back and gave us every chance to win. It was an incredible performance, an all-time great Garden performance."
Anthony scored 35 for New York (21-37) in that game and had never totaled more than 45 at the Garden until his record 62 points against Charlotte on Jan. 24.
He scored 29 on Thursday in a 108-82 loss at Miami. New York trailed by five at halftime before allowing the Heat to shoot 61.8 percent in a disastrous second half.
"We crumbled," Anthony said. "It got out of hand."
Raymond Felton, in his first game since being arrested on gun charges, went 1 for 7 from the floor and finished with two points and five assists.
The Knicks were grasping for positives afterward, and one may have been Shannon Brown's team debut. Brown, signed to a 10-day contract earlier in the day, had six points in nearly 16 minutes.
"I didn't know what to expect," coach Mike Woodson said. "It's his first outing and I thought he came in for the minutes he played, were very positive minutes for our ballclub."
Lee was a fan favorite during his time with the Knicks from 2005-10. He has only played at MSG once since he was traded to Golden State, finishing with 28 points and 10 rebounds in a 122-117 victory Nov. 10, 2010.
The Warriors (35-23) are 3-0 against New York with Lee in the lineup. He missed two games due to being hospitalized with the stomach flu before returning with 11 points and six rebounds in 20 minutes off the bench Wednesday as Golden State had its four-game win streak snapped with a 103-83 loss at Chicago.
"Timing was a little off," Lee said. "I was definitely more winded quicker than I would have been. Twenty minutes felt like about 55 minutes tonight on the court, but that usually is going to happen the first game back. I'm glad I got that under my belt and I'm ready for the next one."
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Steph Curry can join Michael Jordan and LeBron James as the only visiting players with multiple 50-point games at the current Madison Square Garden if he gets 50 tonight.[+]
From Elias: Stephen Curry scored 54 points in his last game against the Knicks. If he duplicates that performance tonight, he'll set an NBA record for most points in a game after scoring 5 points or fewer in his previous game according to Elias.[+]
MOST POINTS SCORED IN GAME - AFTER SCORING 5 PTS OR FEWER IN PRIOR GAME
Carmelo Anthony has his 21st double-double this season, one shy of a career high (2007-08)
Stephen Curry had a triple-double by the end of the 3rd quarter tonight against the Knicks. The last player to have a triple-double through 3 quarters? Stephen Curry ... On December 27 earlier this season against the Suns
With 27 points tonight, Stephen Curry has 106 through his 1st 3 starts at Madison Square Garden. That is tied for the most points through 3 starts by a visiting player at MSG in the last 40 seasons[+]
From Elias: With only 24 games remaining, the Knicks are 5.5 games back of the Hawks, who currently hold the 8th spot in the Eastern Conference. Since the current 16-team playoff format began in 1983-84, only two teams were 5 or more games out of the 8th playoff spot with 25 or fewer games left in the season and still made the playoffs: The 2004-05 Nets were 27-36 through games of March 12, 2005 (5.0 out of 8th spot). The 1996-97 Bullets were 39-33 through games of March 13, 1997 (5.0 out of 8th spot).
The 73 points the Warriors scored in the first half tonight against the Knicks are the most points the Knicks have allowed in any half this year
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