After the buzz had died down. After he’d done interviews, received treatment and gotten dressed, Curry sat at an empty locker room and drank his post-game shake. You could tell he was still trying to process what he’d just done.
54 points at Madison Square Garden
When did you know you were feeling it?
“Some time during middle of the second quarter. I think the last transition 3 I hit. Usually one of those heat-check kind of shots and it went in. I was just happy I had my legs. I knew I was going to have to play the whole game so it was good that they were underneath me.”
Is there something about playing in this building?
“It’s always fun to come play back here, regardless if you score 50 or 10, just because of the atmosphere and the history. Even now, coach being in charge of the team now and his history here, we knew coming in it would be a special game. Obviously without D-Lee and Bogut, it was going to be tough. But I felt like we could fight our way to a win.”
Can you put into words what a zone feels like?
“You can’t really put it into words, man. It;s just kind of like a numb feeling. Every shot you take has a good chance of going in. You’re kind of surprised when it doesn’t. I don’t know the emotions of it. Just kind of one of those experiences that seems like time is standing still a little bit. As soon as you find a good release, you’re ready to see it go in.”
Quite a bit different performance than your rookie year?
I forgot about that. Actually yesterday after the little tussle, I told D-Lee I was happy to be on the same side of the tussle form the last time we were here, instead of him coming at me. I forgot about that. Every time you come to the garden its special.
(Note: In his rookie season, coach Don Nelson benched Curry during his MSG debut. He didn’t get to play until the final minutes when the game was already decided. In that garbage time, Curry got into with David Lee, then a Knick, after Curry blocked Lee’s shot and told him to “get that outta here.” Lee took exception and chased down Curry at the other end and had some words from Curry.)
Do you get any extra motivation knowing a guy like Carmelo is on the other side?
“You don’t think about that. Obviously, him and J.R. (Smith) hit big shots and we were still in the game. We still had an opportunity to win. So you’re just trying to make plays. You don’t really think about who is on the other side. Just trying to get stops, trying to make plays. You know, just the last two minutes didn’t go our way.”
Will you be able to relish what you did considering how it ended?
“I think eventually. Right now, to fight the way we did, being undermanned without DLee and without Bogut, it’s kind of frustrating not to be able to pull it out. Giving that much effort and having a chance to win on the road … but looking back at the end of the year, maybe. Next time you come here, you remember the rims do look good and it was fun to play in this kind of game.”
You also led the team in rebounds and assists. Does that mean anything to you?
“Nah, man. I played 48 minutes. I better have a full stat sheet. Gotta be able to make plays the whole game if coach keeps me out there.”
You’re the type that will fret over Raymond Felton block?
“Not the Felton block, the turnover I had two possessions before that. I kind of was feeling like I had a good chance to get a 3 off. I left my feet before I saw where I was going to pass it to and threw it to Shumpert. That’s a play I want back. The Felton play, guys are going to play good D. Obviously, he was keying in on trying to stop me. I thought I made a pretty good move and had a window to get that shot off, but he closed in pretty quick. I’m not going to worry about that play.”
You feel like you guys are playing better?
“We’re playing better. But we’re still making bonehead mistakes. Throughout the course of the game on the road, you’re not going to win games if you turn the ball over like we did.”