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Curry scores 54 in loss to Knicks
Stephen Curry rose for another jumper, and by then even the Knicks probably figured it would go in. Curry had hardly missed in a scintillating...
NEW YORK — Stephen Curry rose for another jumper, and by then even the Knicks probably figured it would go in.
Curry had hardly missed in a scintillating second half of the NBA's most electric performance this season, the crowd cheering even before the ball left his hands.
This time, Raymond Felton jumped with him, making the play New York needed to finally withstand Curry.
Felton's blocked shot led to J.R. Smith's tiebreaking basket with 1:10 left, and the Knicks overcame Curry's NBA season-high 54 points to beat the Golden State Warriors 109-105 on Wednesday night.
Curry was 18 of 28 from the field, finishing one shy of the NBA record with 11 three-pointers in 13 attempts, in a performance that had the crowd hanging on his every shot. But the Knicks and Felton finally stopped him with 1:28 to play and the score tied at 105.
Carmelo Anthony followed Smith's basket with another one and the Knicks hung on. Anthony finished with 35 points and Smith had 26.
Playing all 48 minutes, Curry finished with seven assists and six rebounds while passing his previous career best of 42 points.
"I felt good all night. Obviously played the whole game, so was just trying to keep my legs underneath me on the offensive end, and you know, just stick to the game on the defensive end," Curry said. "Once I started seeing that three-ball go down in transition, all sorts of spots on the floor, I knew it was going to be a good night."
• Andre Miller scored the go-ahead layup with 24.9 seconds left and the Denver Nuggets held off the host Portland Trail Blazers 111-109 for their third straight victory.
• Jermaine O'Neal had 22 points and 13 rebounds, Wesley Johnson hit a three-pointer at the end of regulation to force overtime and the Phoenix Suns beat San Antonio 105-101 to snap the Spurs' 18-game home winning streak.
• Russell Westbrook scored 29 points, Kevin Durant recorded his third career triple-double and the Oklahoma City Thunder finished a perfect three-game homestand by routing the short-handed New Orleans Hornets 119-74. Durant had 18 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists. New Orleans was without starters Anthony Davis (shoulder) and Eric Gordon (knee).
• Zach Randolph scored 22 points and Marc Gasol added 21 as the host Memphis Grizzlies matched their largest comeback in franchise history, rallying to beat the Dallas Mavericks 90-84 after trailing by 25 points in the second quarter. Former Husky Quincy Pondexter finished with 12 points for Memphis.
• Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert and Warriors forward David Lee were each suspended a game for starting an altercation during their game Tuesday that drifted into the stands. Former Cougar Klay Thompson was one of three players fined $35,000 for escalating the fight.