NEW YORK -- To Stephen Curry, the most memorable play he made in a 54-point outburst at Madison Square Garden last season wasn't a successful shot.
The Warriors guard instead recalled running an isolation play with the score tied in the fourth quarter, only to get his shot blocked by New York's Raymond Felton with 1:28 left. That served as Curry's final field-goal attempt as the Knicks went on to score the go-ahead points and win 109-105.
"Those possessions down the stretch were the only things I can remember, really," Curry said.
"It was just that one play. When you don't win the game, it's hard to say that's the best you've played."
Thursday marked the anniversary of Curry the perfectionist scoring 54 on the big stage of The World's Most Famous Arena, raising national consciousness about just how entertainingly accurate of a shooter he could be.
Curry returns Friday to the scene of what he considered to be his best 3-point shooting performance after setting a franchise record by making 11 shots from beyond the arc.
Because the Warriors lost and he didn't come through in crunchtime, Curry said he didn't consider a night when he was 18 of 28 from the field to be the best game of his life.
The game was still deeply meaningful to Curry, who visited Madison Square Garden once as a child to see his father, Dell, play and grew up watching games played there just like any other fan.
"You knew that NBA on NBC when that came on it was like Knicks-Bulls, Knicks-Pacers or Knicks-Heat, Knicks-Magic," Curry said. "That was something you looked forward to. Especially like Sunday afternoon games, you knew Madison Square Garden was going to have a show."
On Feb. 27, 2013, childhood fantasy became reality as Curry caught fire. He was 11 of 13 from 3-point range and 7 of 7 from the free-throw line while adding seven assists, six rebounds and three steals in playing all 48 minutes.
"It's in the discussion (for Curry's best game) because the defense tried everything, and he had an answer for everything that they tried," coach Mark Jackson said. "It was a special night.
"It was an incredible performance, an all-time great Garden performance."
Curry at one point used a behind-the-back dribble to get separation from a defender and make a 3-pointer. Later, he stopped behind the arc on a fast break, pulled up and hit another one. On his way back down the court celebrating after a timeout was called, he was in such a zone that he completely missed teammate Draymond Green extending a hand to congratulate him.
"He just did his little Mark Jackson shake right past me," Green said with a laugh. "He was definitely locked in. He was coming off screens inspired.
"I was just as amazed as anybody that was there watching or watching on TV. It was a great show he put on."
Curry said that when he thinks about the game now, he considers it a fun night to be a part of because, "Every shot I took, it seemed like it was going in." He recalled how he was dissatisfied with his "awful" pregame warm-up session that was delayed because the team bus was pulled over on the way to the arena.
The Warriors' losing the game stuck with Curry, who had a previous forgettable shooting performance at Madison Square Garden but perhaps a better memory.
His first game there came in 2008 with Davidson College in the Jimmy V Classic when Curry had 27 points and 10 assists in 40 minutes against West Virginia. He was only 4 of 16 from 3-point range and missed 12 of his first 13 attempts from beyond the arc before getting hot and leading the Wildcats to a 68-65 win.
"That was probably my worst shooting game for 35 minutes, and then I went crazy the last five minutes and we won," Curry said.
"That can erase a whole lot of bad memories if you play well in crunchtime."
Now Curry gets another chance to shine in New York. Last time, he erupted one night after hanging 38 points on Indiana. Friday, he enters the game after matching a season-low of five points in a 103-83 loss at Chicago on Wednesday.
"Obviously, it's nice to (score 54) in The Garden and have your name on a list with some greats, but most of them won, so hopefully we'll try to redeem that this year," Curry said.
OH, WHAT A NIGHT
A look at Stephen Curry's 54-point night at Madison Square Garden on Feb. 27, 2013:
Min FGM-A FG% 3PM-A 3P% FTM-A FT%
48 18-28 64.3 11-13 84.6 7-7 100.0
Warriors (35-23) at New York (21-37),
5 p.m. CSNBA, ESPN