Stephen Curry loves Madison Square Garden.
A year and a day after scoring a career-high 54 points, Curry returned to the “World’s Most Famous Arena” Friday night and posted a triple-double in a 126-103 victory over the New York Knicks. Curry finished with 27 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists.
“It is one of those arenas with history and you look forward to play here,” said Curry, who joins LeBron James as the only visiting players with both a 50-point game and a triple-double at MSG since it was renovated in 1968.
Despite Curry’s electrifying performance last season, the Warriors lost 109-105.
“To get a win this year is bigger than any stats,” said Curry, who was not needed in the fourth quarter. “To play well and impact the game the way I wanted to definitely felt great. I am glad we got the win.”
It was Curry's fourth career triple-double and third this season.
“He is an incredible basketball player,” said Warriors coach Mark Jackson on Curry. “He is unselfish. He showed his versatility. Tonight he did an outstanding job of running the show, picking and choosing his spots and making his teammates better. Something he has been doing all year long.”
Klay Thompson had 25 points for Golden State (36-23), who bounced back in a big way after losing to the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday. Jermaine O’Neal continued his renaissance play with 15 points, including eight in the second quarter. Andrew Bogut grabbed seven rebounds and Andre Iguodala added three steals.
Curry and Thompson combined to shoot 18 of 35 from the field, including 10 of 21 from the 3-point line. Golden State shot 47.8 percent and converted 22 points of 18 New York turnovers.
Carmelo Anthony had 23 points and 16 rebounds for New York (21-38). Timothy Hardaway Jr. had 22 points off the bench. J.R. Smith added 17. The Knicks shot just 37.9 percent from the field. Anthony and Smith were a combined 14 of 45.
The Warriors have won nine of 13 and are sixth in the Western Conference. The Knicks have lost five straight, 11 of 13 and are 11th in the East.
Golden State took command of the game early.
The Warriors scored 10 straight points to take a nine-point lead with 7:30 left in the first quarter and extended the lead to 16 early in the second.
New York managed to cut the lead to nine a few minutes later, but Golden State closed the first half on a 22-10 run to lead by 21 at halftime. The Knicks never got closer than 16 points in the second half. The Warriors rested their starters in the fourth quarter.
Golden State tied a season-high with 38 points in the first quarter and set new highs with 73 points in the first half and 126 for the game. The Warriors shot 55 percent and committed just five turnovers in the first half. The Knicks shot 40 percent and committed 10 turnovers.
Curry picked up his triple-double on a rebound with 2:44 left in the third quarter.
Tyson Chandler was ejected after picking up two technical fouls late in the game. The first one was picked up when he and Marreese Speights got into a shoving match with 6:46 left. Chandler picked up his second technical minutes later when he did not attempt to play the ball on a hard foul to Speights.
Chandler had six points and 12 rebounds at the time of his ejection. Speights finished with 12 points, including 10 after the first altercation with Chandler.
Golden State improved to 2-1 on their current six-game road trip, with the upcoming two games being most difficult.
The Warriors face two division leaders in Toronto (32-26) and Indiana (44-13). The Raptors lead the Atlantic by four games over the Brooklyn Nets. The Pacers have the best record in the NBA and lead the Central by 12.5 games over the Bulls.
“It felt great to put up 126 points,” said Thompson. “We played well defensively. I thought we got back to what we do well and it is huge going into playing a good Toronto team.”
Former Warrior Jeremy Tyler recorded six points and five rebounds in 19 minutes of action.