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The last time Stephen Curry was in Madison Square Garden, he turned in the third-highest scoring effort in the building's history at the time.

That memorable performance is now the fourth-best total at "The World's Most Famous Arena" thanks to Carmelo Anthony's record-setting output earlier this season.

These prolific scorers will duel Friday night when Curry's Golden State Warriors try to hand Anthony's New York Knicks a fifth straight defeat.

Curry created a major buzz in the NBA world Feb. 27, 2013. He scored a career-high 54 points and made a franchise-best 11 3-pointers on 13 attempts in a 109-105 loss at New York, shouldering the scoring load for a Warriors team without the suspended David Lee.

"Definitely cool to think about going back to the Garden and playing and enjoying the atmosphere," Curry said. "Different situation we were in last year with the lineup we were going to throw out there. So I am just ready to get a win and enjoy it even more."

There's no less an authority on New York City basketball than Golden State coach Mark Jackson, a Brooklyn native who also reminisced about the contest at Thursday's practice.

"He had an answer for everything they tried," said Jackson, who played his home games collegiately at MSG with St. John's before starting his pro playing career with the Knicks. "It was a special night. Without David, he put us on his back and gave us every chance to win. It was an incredible performance, an all-time great Garden performance."

Anthony scored 35 for New York (21-37) in that game and had never totaled more than 45 at the Garden until his record 62 points against Charlotte on Jan. 24.

He scored 29 on Thursday in a 108-82 loss at Miami. New York trailed by five at halftime before allowing the Heat to shoot 61.8 percent in a disastrous second half.

''We crumbled,'' Anthony said. ''It got out of hand.''

Raymond Felton, in his first game since being arrested on gun charges, went 1 for 7 from the floor and finished with two points and five assists.

The Knicks were grasping for positives afterward, and one may have been Shannon Brown's team debut. Brown, signed to a 10-day contract earlier in the day, had six points in nearly 16 minutes.

"I didn't know what to expect," coach Mike Woodson said. "It's his first outing and I thought he came in for the minutes he played, were very positive minutes for our ballclub."

Lee was a fan favorite during his time with the Knicks from 2005-10. He has only played at MSG once since he was traded to Golden State, finishing with 28 points and 10 rebounds in a 122-117 victory Nov. 10, 2010.

The Warriors (35-23) are 3-0 against New York with Lee in the lineup. He missed two games due to being hospitalized with the stomach flu before returning with 11 points and six rebounds in 20 minutes off the bench Wednesday as Golden State had its four-game win streak snapped with a 103-83 loss at Chicago.

''Timing was a little off,'' Lee said. ''I was definitely more winded quicker than I would have been. Twenty minutes felt like about 55 minutes tonight on the court, but that usually is going to happen the first game back. I'm glad I got that under my belt and I'm ready for the next one.''

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