CURRY HOTTER THAN EVER IN NY BUT KNICKS GET THE WIN WHILE THE MEMPHIS STREAK GROWS & TORONTO LOSE GROUND ON PLAY-OFFS
Stephen Curry had an amazing night in New York with a career-high 54 points on 11-13 3PT shooting but the Golden State Warriors (33-25) fell to a 109-105 loss against the Knicks (34-20). Away from the crazy performance from Curry, the hosts were led by Carmelo Anthony, who had 35 points and EIGHT assists while JR Smith added 26 points and Tyson Chandler grabbed a career-high 28 boards to go with 16 points.
The home side made the brighter start as Anthony had nine points in the opening quarter to give the Knicks a 27-18 advantage. Curry made four 3-pointers in a 15-5 run to fire the Warriors into the lead on his way to 23 points in the quarter as it became 58-55 at half-time. The two teams traded the lead throughout the third before Smith nailed a couple of cruical triples and the Knicks led 84-81 heading into the final quarter. Curry netted yet another three before a driving lay-up high off the glass took him past his previous career-high mark of 42 points. The 24 year-old put Golden State back ahead with two more three’s which saw him set the mark for the most points in an NBA game this season. ‘Melo’ responded with a score from downtown of his own before making a turnaround jumper in the final minute to seal the win and make it consecutive victories for the Knicks after a baron run.
STAT: Steph Curry becomes the first player in NBA history to score 50+ points with 10 or more 3-point shots made.
Steph Curry: 54 points (18-28 FG; 11-13 3PT) 6 rebounds, 7 assists & 3 steals in 48 minutes. Career-high. #NBA
— Buzzer Beater (@Buzzer_BeaterUK) February 28, 2013
San Antonio Spurs (45-14) fell to a surprise defeat in overtime as the Phoenix Suns (20-39) came away with a 105-101 victory on the road. Jermaine O’Neal rolled back the years with a 22p/13r double-double while Tony Parker matched the game-high effort for the hosts. After an even start, the home side began to take control and led by as many as ELEVEN points in the third quarter whilst still enjoying a 77-67 cushion heading into the fourth on a Kawhi Leonard trey. Phoenix rallied in the fourth and despite being down 99-95 with 11 seconds on the clock they managed to force overtime as Wes Johnson made the buzzer-beating three. In the extra period, the Suns edged the hosts 5-1 in a tight battle with Marcin Gortat and O’Neal making crucial baskets.
Memphis Grizzlies (38-18) made it EIGHT straight victories with a 90-84 success over the Dallas Mavericks (25-32) after Zach Randolph (22p/10r) and Marc Gasol (21p/12r) combined for 43 points and 22 rebounds. While his former side continued their winning streak, Rudy Gay’s Toronto Raptors (23-35) were beaten by a Kyrie Irving-less Cleveland Cavaliers (20-38) by 103-92. DeMar DeRozan had 34 points for the visitors who remain outside of the play-off frame while Dion Waiters stepped up with 26 points in the absence of the Cavs’ All-Star.
Oklahoma City Thunder (42-15) stormed to a 119-74 home win over the New Orleans Hornets (20-39) for their third straight to close in on the beaten Spurs. Russell Westbrook was a perfect 12/12 from the FT line on his way to a game-high 29 points while the visiting Hornets had one player, in Ryan Anderson, in double figures with 14 points. Ty Lawson produced a 30 point haul to inspire a 111-109 win for the Denver Nuggets (37-22) on the road against the Portland Trail Blazers (26-31). Andre Iguodala equalled his season-high mark of 29 points whilst taking his average number of assists to 10 in his last three games while Portland were led by improving rookie, Damian Lillard‘s 26 point effort. Al Horford produced a monster 34pts/15rbs double-double to carry the Atlanta Hawks (33-23) to a 102-91 win over the Utah Jazz (31-27) for their fourth straight success.
STAT: Kevin Durant added his third triple-double of the season and his career with 18 points, 11 rebounds and ten assists.
Sacramento Kings (20-39) powered their way past Orlando Magic (16-42) 125-101 after their heartbreak in Miami last night. John Salmons led the Kings with 21 points on 4-5 shooting from long range while Orlando were led by a career-high 23 points from Tobias Harris as they were unable to make it back-to-back wins. Monta Ellis hit the winner at the buzzer to steer the Milwaukee Bucks (28-28) to a 110-107 win on the road in Houston. James Harden led the Rockets (31-28) to a seemingly comfortable victory with 22 points after the home side had led by as many as SEVENTEEN while Omer Asik grabbed a career-high 22 boards to complement a 16 point haul.
Detroit Pistons (23-37) began their run of games on the road with a win after edging past the Washington Wizards (18-38) 96-95. The home side rallied late on as Trevor Ariza compiled a late 8-0 run before missing the chance to win the game in the dying seconds as his 22 point efforts were not enough to deny the Pistons. Brandon Knight had a career-high night with 32 points while Jose Calderon was dime short of a career-high himself after dishing out 18 assists.
Check-out Steph Curry in action on a career-high night at MSG: (NBA)