NEW YORK -- At some point, Warriors point guard Stephen Curry will get to relish the elite company he's joined: the 50 club at Madison Square Garden.
But presently, the sting of Wednesday night's 109-105 loss, the critical turnover that he made down the stretch, dimmed his historic performance at basketball's mecca.
The same can't be said for everyone else.
"Incredible by Steph," the Warriors' Jarrett Jack said. "I have never been a part of anything like that in my life. He was uncanny. Unbelievable."
Said rookie Harrison Barnes: "That was greatness what we saw. You look at the people that have scored 50 in this building, it's unbelievable. I'm glad I just had the pleasure of being this man's teammate."
Sure, the Warriors lost their second straight game. Yes, they shot themselves in the foot down the stretch. But that was on hold as Curry lit up the New York Knicks for 54 points, obliterating his previous NBA high of 42.
"You can't really put it into words," Curry said. "It's kind of a numb feeling. Every shot you take, you know it's got a good chance of going in. You're kind of surprised when it doesn't. It's just kind of one of those experiences where it seems like time stands still a little bit."
Curry said it was the most points he's ever scored in an organized game, topping the 44 that he had while at Davidson.
Against varying defenses, Curry went 18 of 28 from the field. He knocked down a franchise-record 11 3-pointers, missing only two.
It's the most points scored at the Garden since Kobe Bryant dropped 61 in February 2009. It was the most points scored by a Warrior since Purvis Short had 59 in November 1984.
"We had to hope he missed. There is nothing anybody can do," said Knicks star Carmelo Anthony, who finished with 35 points and eight assists.
Golden State needed a big game from Curry since All-Star David Lee was not in the lineup. Lee was suspended for one game for his role in the skirmish at Indiana on Tuesday, leaving the Warriors down two starters -- Andrew Bogut missed his fourth straight game (back).
Curry, though, did more than just pick up the slack. He scored 51.4 percent of the Warriors' points. He also had seven assists, six rebounds and three steals in 48 minutes -- all team highs.
"It's crazy because he doesn't get the credit he deserves, " forward Carl Landry said of Curry. "He's been a guy that has led us the whole season, him and David Lee. ... That's why it's called a team because he can't do it alone. He did his part tonight. Unfortunately, the rest of us had tough nights."
Curry hit all kind of shots: catch-and-shoot, off the dribble, in transition, with a hand in his face, well behind the 3-point line, runners, midrange, finger rolls, bank shots.
He did it against point guards, defensive specialists. Off pick-and-rolls, on isolations.
"He put on a clinic," said the Warriors' Mark Jackson, a former Knicks great who made his coaching debut in the Garden. "He knocked down shots in all areas. I've seen a lot of great performances in his building and his goes up there. That shooting performance was a thing of beauty."
Despite not getting a rest during the game, and after playing big minutes in Tuesday's loss at Indiana, Curry scored 16 points in the fourth quarter.
One of his more ridiculous shots came with just inside of five minutes left. He collected a loose ball and pushed it up court. Despite having a two-on-one advantage, Curry pulled up on the fast break and drained a 25-footer, giving the Warriors a 100-99 lead.
The Knicks' J.R. Smith, who had 26 points off the bench, answered with a 3-pointer at the 4:42 mark.
Curry put the Warriors back up 103-102 with another 3-pointer. Golden State had a chance to add to the lead, but Curry killed a fast break with an errant pass.
That proved to be critical as it turned into a 3-pointer by Anthony. The Warriors trailed 105-103.
Two Curry free throws tied it 105. But the Warriors came up empty on their last three possessions. Raymond Felton blocked Curry's pull-up jumper, and Jack and Festus Ezeli committed turnovers.
Anthony iced the game with a jumper.
But not even the loss could take away from Curry's night. He is now one of 13 players to score at least 50 points in the Garden. At some point, that's going to hit him.
"It's always fun to come play here, whether you score 50 or 10 just because of the atmosphere and history," Curry said. "But to fight the way we did, being undermanned, it's kind of frustrating to not being able to pull it out."
At some point.
"It is what it is. It's a big chunk of money, but I guess I deserve it," Thompson said. "It's unfortunate it spilled in the stands. ... If it was kept on the court, I think it would be a lot different."
Jackson said he didn't agree with the league's decision. "I'm sure the film doesn't, either," he said.
Warriors (33-25) at Boston (30-27), 4:30 p.m. CSNBA
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Excluding Wilt Chamberlain, who in a Warriors uniform had 102 games of 50 points or more, here are the top scoring games in Warriors history:
64: Rick Barry, 1974, Portland
59: Purvis Short, 1984, New Jersey
57: Short, 1984, San Antonio; Barry, 1966, Cincinnati; Barry, 1965, New York
55: Barry, 1978, New York; Barry, 1975, Philadelphia
54: Stephen Curry, 2013, New York
52: Joe Barry Carroll, 1983, Utah; Barry, 1967, Chicago
51: Antawn Jamison, 2000, L.A. Lakers (OT); Jamison, 2000, Seattle; Barry, 1977, Philadelphia; Phil Smith, 1976, Houston; Smith, 1976, Phoenix; Barry, 1974, Philadelphia; Barry, 1973, Houston
50: Jamal Crawford, 2008, Charlotte