Was Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry’s sensational 11 of 13 three-point display in February the best shooting performance of all-time in Madison Square Garden? To answer this question, we present the Top 10 Shooting Performances in Madison Square Garden.
In one Bernard King’s epic scoring games in Madison Square Garden, December 24th 1984 against the Indiana Pacers, King led the Knicks to a 119-100 victory. Brooklyn product and hometown hero King added 7 rebounds and 7 assists to his 52 points.
Bernard King’s best scoring game as a Knick was the very next day December 25th, 1984 against the New Jersey Nets. The Nets won the game 120-114, but King put on a shooting display for the ages, scoring 60 points on 19 of 30 from the field. He added 7 rebounds and 4 assists in a losing effort.
King Scores 60:
In February of 2009, 2-time Finals MVP Kobe Bryant released his epic 61-point game in Madison Square Garden. Down oft-injured center Andrew Bynum during a stretch of crucial road games, Bryant made sure that the Lakers would get their much-needed win, 126-117. Despite having only 3 assists, Bryant devoured the Knicks with a shooting barrage of: 19 of 31 from the field, 3 of 6 from three point range, and a perfect 20 of 20 from the free throw line.
23 years ago, March 24th 1990, Patrick Ewing scored a career-high 51 points in a 115-110 loss to the Boston Celtics. Ewing shot 20 of 29 from the field and grabbed 18 rebounds, the most of any 50-point game in Madison Square Garden.
In his most-impressive and most efficient scoring output ever in Madison Square Garden, Wilt Chamberlain shot 29 of 43 from the field and 15 of 19 from the free throw line to lead his Warriors to a 127-111 victory over the Knicks in 1962.
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Knicks guard Jamal Crawford had one of the greatest shooting performances in Madison Square Garden in December of 2007. Crawford shot 20 of 30 from the field and 8 of 10 from beyond the arc, only slightly less amazing than Stephen Curry’s great shooting game in MSG game earlier this season. Crawford’s brilliant shooting led the Knicks to a 116-96 win.
San Francisco Warriors Hall of Famer Rick Barry was a force in his Madison Square Garden premier in December of 1965. Barry scored 57 points on 18 of 29 shooting and 21 of 22 from the line. He even gathered 15 rebounds, but the Knicks won the game 141-137.
Stephen Curry’s epic shooting performance from earlier this season comes in at #3. Curry earned it by making 11 of 13 from down town, an amazing 84.6%. Curry added 7 assists, 6 rebounds, and 3 steals, but the Knicks won 109-105. About his son’s historic game, Dell Curry told SB nation, “there’s zones and there’s zones in New York City. I was never in a zone like he [Stephen Curry] was last night.”
In a blowout win over the Charlotte Hornets, Hall of Fame center Patrick Ewing led the Knicks with 50 points on 22 of 31 shooting. Ewing drilled the Hornets with his patented floating jumpers and finished the game getting some easy ones—dunks, layups, and follow-ups.
New York Knicks guard Richie Guerin owns the #1 spot due to new December decimation of the Syracuse Nationals. In 1959, Guerin scored 57 en route to a 152-121 win. Guerin was an incredible 18/21 from the field.