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Carmelo Anthony: Stephen Curry taking it to another level

Carmelo Anthony #7 of the New York Knicks

Carmelo Anthony #7 of the New York Knicks greets Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors before a game at Madison Square Garden on Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016. Credit: Jim McIsaac

OAKLAND, Calif. — Carmelo Anthony doesn’t like to compare players, but he basically said Stephen Curry is incomparable.

The Warriors guard has been the NBA’s best player this season. Curry is headed for his second straight MVP award and he’s doing it in a way that hasn’t been seen often, if ever.

“He’s definitely a top player,” Anthony said before the Knicks faced the Warriors Wednesday night. “What he’s doing right now this season nobody has ever done. We haven’t seen that type of player. Even when (Allen Iverson) was on that roll, it wasn’t the same type of game. Not too many people have the same type of game that Steph has. He might be the only one who has that type of game.”

Curry came into the game leading the NBA in scoring, averaging 30.4 points. He’s also set an NBA-record for three-pointers in a season (322), is third in three-point shooting (45.9) and is making 51.2 percent of his shots overall.

He has been as indefensible and unstoppable as any player, with his ability to hit pull-up three-pointers from just about anywhere. Curry doesn’t need much space to get the shot off either. If you play him too closely, he’s a prolific dribbler who can get buy you and score inside.

“This didn’t just start with him,” Anthony said. “You watch him in college, he was playing the same way. Right now he’s just taking it to another level. It’s video game, the things he does out there on the court. Where he shoots it from, it’s in the rhythm. It’s in the flow of the offense. In transition, he’s just pulling up. It’s hard to guard somebody like that.”

Many have tried to stop or slow Curry and the Warriors this season. Few have succeeded. At home, that number is zero. The Knicks were trying to be the first Wednesday night to beat the NBA champs in Oracle Arena.

The Warriors have won an NBA-record 49 straight at home, including all 31 games they played this season. The Spurs are 33-0 at home, but are 3 ½ games behind the Warriors overall. Golden State came in with a 60-6 record, and shooting for the NBA’s all-time best record of 72-10 set by the 1995-96 Bulls.

It’s a rare thing when Curry doesn’t have it going. But when he doesn’t, he usually has help. Curry only scored 13 against the Knicks at the Garden on Jan. 31. But his All-Star backcourt mate Klay Thompson was 14-for-18 and scored 34, and Draymond Green shot 9-for-9 and had 20 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in a Golden State rout.

“You think there’s a way to beat them, but there really isn’t,” said Kristaps Porzingis, who returned after missing Sunday’s win over the Lakers with a stomach virus. “You got to do everything good on that day.”

If the Warriors have any weaknesses, it may be getting up for every single game, even though they’re focused on breaking the Bulls’ mark.

The Warriors haven’t lost to any of the top NBA teams. Their six defeats have come against three teams who began Wednesday a combined four games above .500 — the Blazers, Mavericks and Pistons — and three that were 62 games under — the Bucks, Nuggets and Lakers.

The Knicks were hoping to become the first to beat the Warriors at home.

“For me personally, it’s more of the competition and getting out there and competing against these guys, knowing how well they’re playing and knowing they’re at the top of their game in all aspects,” Anthony said. “Me, as an individual and as a competitor, this moment right here, we all look for those moments.”

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