The Golden State Warriors (4-1) travel to Madison Square Garden on Friday to take on the New York Knicks (1-4).
Each Warriors star has a history of big games at MSG, shining brightly under the New York City lights. Take a look at the top performances from Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson's trips to The Mecca of Basketball...
Curry lights up New York for 54 points in a loss
The date was Feb. 27, 2013 when Curry suited up for his second career start at Madison Square Garden. The Warriors and Knicks were evenly matched at the time, boasting 33-25 and 34-20 records, respectively.
The Warriors got off to a slow start, trailing 27-18 after the first quarter, and Steph had only scored four points on six shots. In the second quarter, Curry caught fire, shooting 7-for-10 from the field and knocking down four of his five 3-point attempts to bring Golden State within three at the half. His 23 points in the quarter brought him to 27 midway through the contest.
Halftime couldn't cool off Curry, as he only missed one shot in the third, shooting 3-for-3 from beyond the arc, including a deep triple to bring the Warriors within three going into the fourth. The final period went back-and-forth, as the Knicks tried to contain Steph and the Warriors tried to stop Carmelo Anthony and J.R. Smith. Curry scored 16 points in the final frame including four more 3-pointers, but it was not enough to secure the win for the Warriors.
Steph finished with 54 points (18-28 FG, 11-13 3PT, 7-7 FT), seven assists, six rebounds and three steals. His 54 points were good for a career-high and the 11 made 3-pointers were one shy of tying the NBA single-game record that Curry would go on to break later in his career.
Melo's 35 points, J.R.'s 26 points off the bench and Tyson Chandler's monster double-double of 16 points and 28 rebounds played spoiler in stopping Curry from picking up the win in one of his top career performances to date.
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Durant goes for 44 points in an overtime win
On Jan. 26, 2016, Kevin Durant made his final appearance at MSG as a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder. Durant was no stranger to big games in New York, scoring 30 points in a win his rookie year, but no performance he's had at The Garden was bigger than this one.
In a game that remained close through its entirety, it took a 44-point performance from KD and a 30-point, 10-assist night from Russell Westbrook to get past the Carmelo-less Knicks. Durant had 13 in the first to get off to a hot start but only had two points in the second quarter. With 15 points at the half, trailing by two, KD used a big second half to keep the Thunder's chances alive.
He scored a modest nine points in the third and OKC still trailed by three heading into the fourth. Down 104-101 with just under six minutes remaining, Durant rattled off five straight points to give the Thunder a two-point lead. He knocked down a clutch 3-pointer to give them a three-point lead with two minutes left and also buried the game-tying jumper with 16 seconds on the clock to send the game into overtime.
In OT, he had seven points including five clutch free throws to seal the victory for the Thunder. He finished with 44 points (12-26 FG, 4-7 3PT, 16-18 FT), 14 rebounds, five assists and a steal to allow OKC to maintain the league's third-best record of 34-13.
Klay's 34, Draymond's triple-double leads to blowout
Five days after Durant lit up MSG for 44, the Golden State Warriors came into New York City with a league-best 44-4 record. The Warriors trailed by two after the first quarter and Thompson failed to get on the board, missing his sole shot attempt. Green had two points, three rebounds and one assist.
The second quarter is where Klay began to catch fire the way we know best, lighting up the Knicks for 17 points. He shot 7-for-8 from the field and Draymond assisted him on all but one of his shots. Thompson went into halftime with 17 points while Green had 11 points, five rebounds and eight assists after a seven-assist second quarter; the Warriors went into the half with a seven-point lead.
Klay stayed hot after the half, scoring 12 points on 5-for-6 shooting from the field. Draymond added seven points, three rebounds and an assist to inch closer to a triple-double as Golden State maintained a commanding 17 point lead.
On limited playing time in the fourth quarter, Thompson scored five more points and Green tallied two points, two rebounds and one assist to secure his triple-double as the Warriors blew out the Knicks in New York City 116-95.
Thompson finished with 34 points on an efficient 14-for-18 from the field and 5-for-6 beyond the arc and Green had 20 points without missing a shot (9-9 FG, 2-2 3PT), 10 rebounds and 10 assists, sharing their top performances at The Mecca of Basketball.