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Steph Curry has an effect on the Knicks and their fans


Stephen Curry is the one that got away from the New York Knicks. During the 2009 NBA draft, Mike D’Antoni was licking his chops at the prospect of drafting Curry eighth overall and incorporating his abilities into a hypersonic, perimeter-oriented offense. Instead, the Golden State Warriors pounced on Curry with their seventh pick and both franchises have drifted in antipodal directions since.

Almost every time Curry’s paraded into Madison Square Garden since his 50-point detonation in 2013, Knicks faithful stick needles between their fingernails to watch Curry shred their woeful team. There’s no better representation of how much New York anticipates a Curry appearance than a young Knicks fan who high-fived the 2-time MVP as he jogged out of the player’s tunnel.

Following his brush with greatness, the kid immediately lost his bearing, facetiously spun around and fainted in front of the courtside seats. The Knicks were equally disoriented during the third quarter of the Warriors’ 125-111 win on Monday night.

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry laughs with teammates during the second half of an NBA basketball game, against the New York Knicks, Monday, Feb. 26, 2018 in New York. (AP)

The Warriors have turned the third frame into an art exhibition. Against New York, Golden State shelled out a little corporal punishment, spanking New York 39 to 18 in the third quarter. It was the seventh time this season Golden State outscored an opponent by 20 or more in the period.

Curry, who leads the entire NBA in third quarter scoring with 9.9 per game, scored 14 of his 21 point and the Knicks assisted Curry by facilitating his four-point play late in the period.

Even Javale McGee caught some of the jump shooting magic by osmosis and left comedian Jon Stewart questioning reality after drilling a turnaround fadeaway.

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DJ Dunson is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at dunsnchecksin@yahoo.com or find him on Twitter or Facebook.

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