Golden State Warriors star guard Stephen Curry delivered a big performance against the New York Knicks in his return to the lineup and earned a praise from head coach Steve Kerr. Curry, who missed the Charlotte Hornets game over the weekend after feeling unwell before the tip-off, returned to the lineup on Tuesday and scored a game-high 37 points to lead the Warriors past the Knicks 114-106.
Curry, who has had big games at Madison Square Garden throughout his career, had another big performance in New York on Tuesday night. "Steph was tremendous," Kerr said after the game, per ESPN. "Just amazing.
He was moving beautifully, obviously there were no ill effects from his illness the other night. Moving really well right from the start. New York is a great defensive team. They're big and physical, so they make it tough, but Steph found a way to score.
It was not easy, but he found a way and hit some huge shots and created a lot of offense for us."
Curry explains decision to sit out the Hornets game
Without Curry in the lineup, the Warriors lost to the Hornets 102-100.
"I was trying to give myself a chance to play up until the last second," Curry said. "I was just disoriented, and the room was spinning a little bit, so at the end of the day it wasn't smart to go out there and put myself in jeopardy of doing some more harm.
We were communicating all pregame, making sure I was thinking straight about the decision to play. That was a tough call, but the right one." Meanwhile, rookie center James Wiseman also had a good performance against the Knicks as he scored 14 points.
"James was great," Kerr said. "It was really fun to watch him play out there. It was so great to have him back. He brings a lot of energy to the floor, obviously he's immensely talented. And so to have him out there to really impact the game, and at the same time learn, he's getting a lot thrown at him ...
everything's moving pretty fast for him, but he is just an incredible athlete and an incredible young, mature guy. He's going to have such a great career. It was so fun to see him out there, and we're just trying to bring him along at the right pace to help him develop, to make sure he's learning properly as well."