There has been a history of incredible performances at Madison Square Garden. Michael Jordan, LeBron James and Kobe Bryant have all thrived at the World’s Most Famous Arena, as I’m sure many others did before my time.
Despite the appreciation of greatness, these instances usually ended in frustration.
On Wednesday night, the Knicks were able to accomplish something they haven’t been accustomed to doing. Warriors guard Stephen Curry captivated the crowd by dropping 54 points and hitting 11 threes, but New York was able to come away with a 109-105 victory.
Since 1985-1986, according to Basketball-Reference.com, only six times has an opponent tallied 50 points or more at the Garden, before Curry.
The Knicks couldn’t keep the winning vibes going, dropping their second game of the season and first of a three game West Coast trip to the Golden State Warriors, 92-78.
This was a game of two halves for the Knicks. In the first half, the ‘Bockers shot 45.7% from the field, while holding the Warriors to 35.1%, shooting to take a 43-37 lead. Just as they did in the first quarter against the Celtics, the Knicks were very active on defense. They harassed the Warriors into turning over the ball six times in the first quarter.
The Knicks did something on Sunday they couldn’t do on eight separate occasions last season: beat the Boston Celtics. But, despite the win, there are some things the team needs to clean up, in order to contend for a championship this season.