Even with the best single-game scoring performance of the season by any NBA player, Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry was unable to carry his undermanned team to victory. On a Wednesday night nationally-televised game on ESPN, the Warriors as a team simply could not support Curry’s big effort and lost a close matchup to the New York Knicks by the final score of 109-105.
Playing all 48 minutes, Curry’s career-high 54 points was accomplished on 18-of-28 shooting, including an incredible 11-of-13 from behind the arc. Making big shot after big shot, he effortless made shots all over the court and kept the Warriors in the game even when they struggled to slow down the likes of Carmelo Anthony, J.R. Smith and Tyson Chandler. His 54 points surpassed the previous season-high mark set by the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Kevin Durant, who scored 52 points against the Dallas Mavericks on January 18, 2013.
Ultimately hurt by the lack of interior presence lost by David Lee’s one-game suspension for his involvement in a brawl with Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert the night before, the Warriors also could not hold onto late leads due to bad mistakes late in the game. Even with momentum on their side, Golden State had careless turnovers, allowed easy baskets and could not ride the wave of Curry’s historic game where he broke numerous records.
His 11 made three-pointers set a new franchise record in that category and was just one more make shy of the NBA single-game record. He also became the first player to make at least 10 three-pointers in a 50-point game.
Looking ahead to the Warriors’ next game against the Boston Celtics on Friday night, the team has lost their last two games against formidable Eastern Conference opponents. Comfortably in the #6 seed in the Western Conference, this exciting loss to the Knicks will hopefully provide the team with some fire to perform just like Curry did in Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night following his involvement in the skirmish in Indiana the night before.
Austin Chang is a Writer for Sports Out West and a San Francisco Bay Area-based sports journalist. His work can also be found on Yahoo! Sports and Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @_austinchang.