A season-high 60 points from Steph Curry could not prevent a 141-134 overtime loss to the Atlanta Hawks for the Golden State Warriors on Saturday night.
Trae Young led the way for the Hawks, contributing 35 points, while Curry is the 10th player in the NBA to have more than one 60-point game.
“It sucks to not have something to show for it,” he said after the defeat which leaves the Warriors, 12th in the Western Conference, with a 21-25 record.
“It’s frustrating, obviously, not coming away with the win knowing a couple plays here, a couple plays there could have been a different outcome. It just adds to our frustrating season.”
Coach Steve Kerr described his player as “incredible,” but lamented that, “we competed like crazy but just couldn’t get over the hump.”
Young said he was inspired by coming up against the best.
“They’re a lot more fun when you win,” he said. “You always want to battle, you always want to compete, you want to show your best off against the best. … Steph was obviously going in that second half.”
The Los Angeles Lakers ended a nine-game win streak for the New York Knicks with a 113-105 victory.
The Lakers have struggled for much of the second half of the season, but an upset win over the Celtics at the end of last week perhaps said as much about their determination to come back as it did about Boston’s readiness to challenge for a championship.
The Knicks were missing Julius Randle, OG Anunoby and Quentin Grimes, while the Lakers had brought in Rui Hachimura to start ahead of Taurean Prince.
The New Yorkers held an 86-80 lead after three quarters, but the Lakers showed steely defence to ride things out. (Eurosport)