NEW YORK — New York loves Stephen Curry. The media crowded around him before the game, asking what it was about Madison Square Garden that made him light up. Afterward, it was Stephen A. Smith congratulating him on another job well done.
Curry needed less than 30 minutes to notch a triple-double, and don’t forget that the timing of his performance one game after the Chicago setback certainly mattered.
After scoring five points at the United Center in an outing coach Mark Jackson said was “poor” and a 20-point loss Curry said “was just terrible,” Curry responded with 27 points at Madison Square Garden.
“This was an opportunity to come out and correct that, and we did from the start,” Curry said.
Curry picked up where he left off a year and a day ago at Madison Square Garden from the beginning, scoring 12 points and dishing out four assists in the first quarter. He had been cheered in pregame introductions and received an ovation once the crowd realized on a rebound he had gotten the triple double. It was a dominant performance, and he helped fellow Splash Brother get some of his 25 points as well with passes.
Last season, Curry scored 54 in a loss. Leading up to this game, it appeared that loss kept him relatively muted when talking about that ridiculous shooting performance. This time, the Warriors came out on top in a big-time Curry game.
“To get a win this year is bigger than any stats, but to play well and try to impact the game the way I wanted to definitely felt great,” Curry said.