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NBA: Curry left cold by Knicks despite points haul

Stephen Curry scored the most points by an NBA player in more than six years, but his impressive performance was still not enough to stop the Golden State Warriors from losing.

Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry.
Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry.

Stephen Curry scored the most points by an NBA player in more than six years, but still ended up on the losing side as the Golden State Warriors went down 109-105 to the New York Knicks.

Curry claimed 54 points, more than half his side's total, adding seven assists and six rebounds during his 48 minutes on court.

But the Knicks, led by 35 points from Carmelo Anthony and 28 rebounds from Tyson Chandler, spoiled his big night as they went ahead in the closing stages and held on.

"I felt good all night," Curry told reporters.

"I obviously played the whole game so I was trying to keep my legs underneath me on the offensive end and stick to the game plan on the defensive end.

"Once I started to see that three ball going down in transition and all sorts of spots over the floor, I knew it was going to be a good night."

Curry's effort, which also contained 11 three-pointers, was the best in the NBA since Kobe Bryant scored 58 in December, 2006.

"Beautiful to watch," Mike Woodson, the Knicks coach, said of Curry's performance.

"We closed out. We made the defensive stops that we had to make coming down the stretch ... but boy, you got to tip your hat, Curry's pretty good tonight."

Kevin Durant bagged his third triple-double as the Oklahoma City Thunder overwhelmed the New Orleans Hornets 119-74.

Durant had 18 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists, while Russell Westbrook led the offence with 29 points for the Thunder's third straight win.

The Memphis Grizzlies extended their winning streak to eight in dramatic fashion, rallying from 25 points down in the second quarter to beat the Dallas Mavericks 90-84.

Zach Randolph scored 22 points and Marc Gasol added 21 for the Grizzlies, while Shawn Marion paced the Mavericks with 16.

Jermaine O'Neal scored 22 points as the Phoenix Suns derailed the San Antonio Spurs with a 105-101 win in overtime.

Brandon Knight scored 32 points and Greg Monroe added 26 points and 11 rebounds as the Detroit Pistons edged out the Washington Wizards 96-95.

Monta Ellis scored 27 points - including the winning three-pointer off balance from 27 feet just before the buzzer - and dished out 13 assists to lift the Milwaukee Bucks to a 110-107 win over the Houston Rockets.

The Cleveland Cavaliers shrugged off the absence of Kyrie Irving to beat the Toronto Raptors 103-92 and make it two wins out of two without their injured All Star.

The Sacramento Kings beat the Orlando Magic 125-101, the Atlanta Hawks saw off the Utah Jazz 102-91 and the Denver Nuggets were 111-109 winners over the Portland Trail Blazers.

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