Melo Delivers Late, Knicks Rise Above Warriors, 109-105

Jonah Ballow



How it happened:
The Knicks spoiled Stephen Curry’s explosive 54-point outing behind some late game heroics from Carmelo Anthony in the 109-105 victory over the Warriors on Wednesday night.

As seen most of the evening at MSG, Curry was unconscious from the 3-point line and he connected on a big long ball at the 3:39 mark of the fourth quarter to hand Golden State a 103-102 lead.  Curry was a ridiculous 11-of-13 from downtown.

Anthony answered by draining a 3-pointer of his own to shift the advantage back to New York. With less than two minutes to play, Raymond Felton blocked the scorching hot Curry and J.R. Smith buried a clutch jumper. The Knicks led by two points after Smith’s bucket.

With 45 seconds left on the game clock, Anthony delivered again with a 9-foot turnaround jumper to push New York’s lead to 109-105.

Felton stole an inbounds pass from Golden State, retrieved a huge rebound when he missed two free throws, and the Knicks came up with essential stops to secure their second straight victory.

Anthony finished with 35 points on 10-of-26 shooting from the floor and 13-of-15 at the charity stripe. Additionally, Anthony dished out eight assists, including a beautiful dime to Amar’e Stoudemire with 6:27 remaining in the contest.

Smith helped counter the huge night from Curry as he poured in 26 points off the pine in 35 minutes of court time.

New York improved to 34-20 on the season while Golden State dropped to 33-25.

“I go into every game trying to figure out how I can make an impact on my team.  Maybe I could have gotten to 30 rebounds if we had quieted Steph (Stephen Curry) down a bit.  Hopefully I can put together a string of 20 rebounds if the team can keep on winning.” -- Tyson Chandler

Knick of the Night:
Chandler was a beast on the glass tonight, compiling a career-high 28 boards. He also dropped 16 points in the win.

Statistically Speaking:
The Knicks registered 27 second chance points compared to just two points for the Warriors.

Looking Ahead:
New York will have a day off before a quick jaunt to Washington D.C. for another matchup against the Wizards on Friday night.

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