Stephen Curry has a tough act to follow.
He is the toast of the NBA following his 54-point performance in a 109-105 Warriors loss to the Knicks at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday and in the midst of one of the best shooting streaks the league has ever seen.
In the last two games, Curry has connected on 18-of-23 three-point attempts and, in the process, became the first Warrior ever to score 30 points and hit at least seven threes in back-to-back games.
He’s in such rare air that his father, former NBA sharp-shooter Dell Curry, felt the need to make sure he understood the scope of what he did.
“He wanted to make sure I realized what exactly had happened with it being at Madison Square Garden, obviously one of the legendary arenas in NBA history and a lot of great individual performances have gone down there,” said Curry in an interview on the Fitz and Brooks Show on KNBR 680 Thursday. “He wanted to let it sink in that it actually happened and that it’ll be something I can remember for a long time.”
After the team flight touched down in Boston Thursday afternoon, Curry went to YouTube to see all 54 points in one package.
“It was fun to watch, obviously we wanted to get that win,” Curry said. “That would have made it even more special. Especially with us being undermanned without (David Lee) and (Andrew) Bogut.”
Lee’s absence due to a one-game suspension for his part in Tuesday’s fight with Indiana likely contributed to Curry’s abundance of shots, but it also made life easy for New York’s Tyson Chandler, who finished with a career-high 28 rebounds.
The all-star forward will be back in the lineup Friday as the Warriors (33-25) take on the Celtics (30-27) at TD Garden, where they’ve lost seven of their last nine games. Golden State won the first between this season -- a 101-83 win in Oakland on Dec. 29. Curry led the way with 22 points and nine assists.
“We have to find different ways to be effective and (Boston) will be another challenge, you got a guy like Avery Bradley, who is a great on-ball defender and you just got to be creative,” Curry said. “Use my change of speed. My teammates have done a great job of setting screens, especially when D-Lee is out there running that pick-and-roll. We have a good combo going on out there.”
Following Friday’s game in Boston, the Warriors will wrap up their five-game road trip Saturday at Philadelphia. After that, the team is home for a seven-game stretch and for 16 of the final 22 games of the regular season.
New York will make its return trip to the Bay Area on March 11 and there promises to be a lot of Curry fans in the crowd. In a symbol of appreciation for the Warriors fans, Curry provided 54 tickets for KNBR to give away to callers -- one of each of his points at the Garden.