The scenario is almost too good to be true. As a symbol, it is in “the mecca of basketball” that Stephen Curry will have the opportunity to become the most prolific 3-point shooter in history. Under the eyes of his father, Dell, and most likely in front of those of Ray Allen, while Reggie Miller will be at the microphone for TNT.
It’s hard to imagine a better context for this evening, which promises to be historic in every way, in the most emblematic venue in the country and in the city of all possibilities. Where the Golden State point guard has simply taken the opportunity to make a name for himself in the past. First at university, under the colors of Davidson, but especially in the NBA, during the 2012/13 fiscal year.
More precisely on February 27, 2013.
A 3-point record that still stands
At this time, Mark Jackson’s Warriors, reinforced by Andrew Bogut, are one of the surprise teams of the season. Around his trio Stephen Curry – Klay Thompson – David Lee, with Jarrett Jack, Harrison Barnes, Carl Landry, Festus Ezeli and a certain Draymond Green as main “role players”, the franchise of the Bay is well launched towards the playoffs, which ‘she has not played since 2007 (“We Believe” period).
And that evening, just after planting 38 points on the nose of the Pacers, the day before (hey, hey), against whom he was also fried, Stephen Curry will mark the history of the Garden, with a performance legendary, no doubt motivated by his recent clash with Roy Hibbert. But unfortunately marred by a defeat, paradoxically his only one inside Gotham.
In 48 minutes (out of 48 possible!), And in addition to compiling 6 rebounds, 7 assists and 3 steals, the future double MVP thus scores 54 points, his career record (climbed to 62 since), to 18/28 on shots , 11/13 3-point and 7/7 free throws! Before that, he had never done better than 42 points in a game.
To date, the non-All-Star’s 11 3-point baskets remain a record at Madison Square Garden, while only ten other players have also scored at least 50 points in the modern version of the Garden, either since 1968: Bernard King (x3), Patrick Ewing (x2), Michael Jordan (x2), Richard Hamilton (2006), LeBron James (x2), Kobe Bryant (2009), Allan Houston (2003), Jamal Crawford (2007) ), Carmelo Anthony (2014) and James Harden (2019).
His only defeat in New York …
At the time, we wrote that Stephen Curry had ” cracked the screen “In front of the New York public, offering him a” legendary match “, a “ incredible performance “, a ” rarely seen show “In the” basketball mecca “. Eight years later, this description is obviously still relevant today, when we admire the highlights of this meeting.
With the difference that the leader of Golden State has become accustomed to this kind of offensive cards, filled with serenity and relaxation, sometimes insolence, as well as spontaneity in the shoot. The most impressive in this performance being perhaps that he scored 51 of his 54 points in the last three quarters, after a failed start.
Unfortunately, far too “Curry-dependent” (their four other holders have accumulated 13 points, 6/22 on shots …), the Warriors were not able to snatch victory at the finish. The fault, in particular, with a huge Tyson Chandler under the panels (16 points, 28 rebounds!), Without forgetting the 61 points of the pair Carmelo Anthony (35) – JR Smith (26).
And today, Tuesday, December 14, 2021, Stephen Curry will very likely enter a little more into the legend of his sport and into the legend of Madison Square Garden.
A room where he has averaged 25.9 points, 5.6 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 1.5 interceptions, in ten games. All of this at 49% on shots, 51% on 3-points and 87% on throws, without ever scoring less than two 3-points, when it was not limited to only three short minutes of play, as during his rookie season, in November 2009.