Add Stephen Curry’s name to the list. There are probably multiple lists you can add Curry too – including many V.I.P. lists in New York City – but of course, I’m talking about the list of players that have caught fire in Madison Square Garden for 50 or more points. Scoring fifty points in general is quite the feat, but under the lights of MSG makes it only more imposing. Since 1986, only four players had been able to record 50 or more points at the Garden, as a member of the away team – until last night that is. Stephen Curry etched his name in alongside LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan.
Curry’s ridiculous scoring total may not have even been his most impressive. Steph shot 11-13 from 3-point range – one triple away from tying the mark for most threes in a game, shared by Kobe Bryant and Donyell Marshall. Curry added seven assists, six rebounds, three steals and also shot 64% from the field. His total dominance of the stat line solidified his night among some of the greatest performances ever at MSG. Even though Golden State ultimately lost the game, it should also be noted that Curry was able to put up the numbers he did without the Warriors all-star David Lee – who was suspended one game after an altercation with Roy Hibbert the night before.
Since the all-star break, Curry is averaging 29.7 points, 6.2 assists, 4.2 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game. Maybe Steph is trying to send a message after not being selected to the all-star ballot, because he’s flat out annihilating defenses. In his last two outings alone, Curry has dropped a ridiculous 18 three-pointers – on an astounding 78% from beyond the arc. At only 24 years old, Stephen Curry is only beginning to scratch the surface of the player we may see a few years down the road. If his recent play is any type of foreshadowing as to what we’ll see in the future, opposing teams beware.