NY crowd back but Garden silence is golden for Curry

Sports | ASSOCIATED PRESS 25 Feb 2021

There were 2,000 fans in Madison Square Garden, far fewer than would normally pack the place when Stephen Curry and the Warriors are in town. But in New York even a small crowd can make a big sound - until Curry quietens it.

He scored 37 points to lead the Golden State Warriors to a 114-106 win over the New York Knicks in the first NBA game this season with fans at the arena.

"You love silencing a crowd on the road," Curry said, back from a one-game absence to make a tie-breaking three-pointer late in the game against one of the best defensive teams.

It was the first Garden game with fans since the Knicks beat Detroit last March 8 - days before the coronavirus pandemic swept New York.

Governor Andrew Cuomo allowed arenas to open at 10-percent capacity, which meant 2,000 at the Garden. They greeted the Knicks with cheers, but there were groans in the third quarter when the Warriors opened a 13-point lead.

New York recovered and had it tied at 97 before Curry's three-pointer.

Julius Randle led the Knicks with 25 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists. But he was ejected in the final seconds.

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