Ranking the most memorable performances at Madison Square Garden

Madison Square Garden is considered to be the greatest basketball arena in the world and there are many superstars, past and present, who have taken centre stage under the bright lights in New York.

Visiting players tend to step their game up when they enter the garden and New York Knicks fans have had to endure many greats coming into their house and exploding.

New Orleans Pelicans power forward Anthony Davis became the latest player to leave his mark in the world’s most famous arena as he torched the Knicks with a dominant display on Sunday to put himself among an elite group.

Here are the five best performances at MSG by an opposition player:

Anthony Davis – 48 points and 17 rebounds

With this display fresh in the memory, it’s only right to place AD’s huge night on this list.

His numbers were made even more impressive by the circumstances in which they came in. The Pelicans went into the third quarter with a 19-point deficit and needed something special to overcome it.

Davis obliged and put on an offensive clinic that saw them secure a win in overtime. He shot 17-of-30 from the field and put the team on his back to become the latest player to shine in the Big Apple.

Stephen Curry – 54 points

The Golden State Warriors superstar announced himself as one of the best players in the NBA as he was red-hot in a memorable night.

He did most of his damage from three-point range as he connected on a ridiculous 11-of-13 shots and was unconscious.

It incredibly only took Curry 28 shots to get to 54 points and there was nothing the Knicks could do to stop the baby-faced assassin. The only sour note for the point guard was that it came in a losing effort.

Kobe Bryant – 61 points

At the time, Bryant set a scoring record at MSG and it was the fifth time he broke the 60-point barrier but this was certainly the most memorable as it came in a historic building.

He shot 19-of-31 from the field and was a perfect 20-of-20 from the free-throw line and left the crowd stunned as he was locked in all night.

It’s still the highest scoring game of any opposition player at the garden.

LeBron James – 54 points

Just two days after Kobe’s extraordinary night, James stole the spotlight as he produced a phenomenal game of his own against the Knicks.

As well as his huge scoring outburst, LeBron almost had a triple-double as he added 11 assists and nine rebounds and was more productive than Bryant as he dominated the contest in so many ways to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to a win.

Michael Jordan – 55 points

No list is ever complete without the GOAT and it’s no surprise that he made his mark in New York.

The game’s best ever player had returned from hist first retirement just nine days earlier, and this was only his fifth game back in a Chicago Bulls uniform.

He shot 21-of-37 and provided a touch of genius in putting the ball in the basket as always and it was like he’d never left.

Reggie Miller – 31 points

The Hall of Famer may not have enjoyed the type of scoring that the aforementioned players did but his performance was certainly the most dramatic and arguably the most memorable in the 1995 Eastern Conference Finals.

It’s still considered one of the biggest collapses in NBA history as the Knicks threw the game away and allowed Miller to somehow score eight points in just nine crazy seconds.

It’s still a loss that’s incomprehensible to fans in New York to this day.

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