NEW YORK – Stephen Curry became the NBA’s career leader for 3 points and scored 22 points, leading the Golden State Warriors to a 105-96 victory over the New York Knicks on Tuesday night.
Curry scored his 2,974th 3-point goal with 7:33 left in the first quarter, followed by a long celebration inside Madison Square Garden where he hugged his parents, teammates and record-breaking Ray Allen. was 10 years old.
Curry’s mark could last a lot longer because he takes and does 3s better than anyone in basketball. He averaged a career-high 5.4 per game and went 5 for 14 on Tuesday, giving him a league-leading 145. No one else had made 100 appearances on Tuesday.
“I’ve had great support here,” Curry said in TNT’s post-game interview, “This arena, I can’t express how honored it has been for the reaction here on the road and appreciation for that milestone. And obviously it was great to get the win on top of that. So a very, very, very special night.
Curry, who set the record at the same Madison Square Garden field where he played a 54-point game in 2013 before becoming the two-time NBA MVP, has already led the league by three points six times.
His team showed why that could make him a quadruple champion with another lockdown defensive effort, limiting the Knicks to 36% on shots while improving the NBA’s best record to 23-5. Jordan Poole had 19 points and nine rebounds, 13 for 13 on free throws to overcome a 3 for 11 night on the field. Draymond Green added eight points, 11 rebounds and seven assists.
Julius Randle scored 31 points for the Knicks, who have lost four in a row and seven of eight. They were without RJ Barrett, Obi Toppin and Quentin Grimes due to NBA health and safety protocols
Curry and the Warriors weren’t particularly keen, perhaps exhausted with the emotion of the early celebration or a delayed arrival in New York City due to flight issues from Indiana, where they played on Monday night.
But they made sure the failing Knicks couldn’t do anything, gradually pulling out after a tight first half.
By the time Curry made his last 3 of the night, Golden State took a 97-85 lead with around 2:40 remaining and had taken control long before that.
By BRIAN MAHONEY AP Basketball Writer