J.R. Smith ties franchise record for 3-point shots in win over Kings

Harris Decker

There was only one constant in last nights game: J.R. Smith was dominant from outside the arc. Aside from that, the rest of this game was another nauseating ride on the ’13-’14 Knicks express.

J.R. SmithIn the win, Smith came within a single point of his season high in points, reaching 29 on a remarkable 10 for 19. What made things even better for Smith were his nine 3-pointers. He only missed threetimes from behind the arc all night and tied a Knicks record for 3-point shots made in a game.

Carmelo Anthony was also brilliant in the win. He scored 36 and shot over 57 percent from the field (63 percent from behind the arc). Things weren’t all great for Anthony. He came down hard in the fourth quarter and rolled his ankle. It was noticeable and as the game ended, he was clearly in pain, despite helping lift the Knicks over the Kings.

This was a game that almost got away for the Knicks. After leading by 24 points, they saw that lead evaporate and nearly disappear as DeMarcus Cousins destroyed the Knicks over and over. He finished with 32 points, 15 rebounds and 8 assists, just two short of a triple-double.

In the end, Anthony hit a few clutch shots and Smith continued to fire away from behind the arc, leading the Knicks back into the win column. They pulled to three games back in the loss column as the Hawks lost on Wednesday to the TImberwolves.

While the season seems to be drifting to a close, it was a hard fought battle and a nice win for the Knicks. On Friday, the Knicks continue their west coast trip against the Phoenix Suns at 10:00pm from the US Airways Center.




16 comments
kidrobot
kidrobot

This team reminds me alot of the '99 team.  Not saying we are getting to the finals, but just get in and see what happens.  We have too much talent to not scare the shiz out of Indy.  I don't think we are scared and if we somehow manage to sneak in there, a loose team with nothing to lose is a dangerous team

Seth Nadler
Seth Nadler

Phil clearly has no interest in the team making the playoffs this year, I'm sure he just wants the season to end to get to work

Seth Nadler
Seth Nadler

I have to say this has been the longest season ever. When the Knicks stunk with Isaiah and Larry Brown, the team didn't have the talent, but coming off a season with 54 wins, this year has been a long never ending nightmare. The team has done so little right, that so little is enough to give you a glimmer of hope to not end the nightmare. To me with the Knicks remaining schedule, 5-5 is being optimistic, then the hawks would need to go 3-9 for the Knicks to get in, which isn't impossible.

hosket
hosket

I need them to keep winning.   Could care less about the playoffs.  In fact want them to win and not make Woodson look good....kinda like last night...... It's complicated.

I need to have the Denver pick as far away from the lottery as possible......as close to the mediocre range of the first round as possible.....I hate we don't have a #1 pick.  More salt in this open wound.....

KnickelusKnickleby
KnickelusKnickleby

i couldn't even comment on that Laker Loss but i'm glad we redeemed ourselves, we can still shock the world...it's still in reach 

just sucks that we'd be tied for 8th spot yesterday if we didn't lose 2 straight 

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

JR is one of the best catch and shoot players in the NBA. It's when he dribbles the ball, the bad JR emerges.


Hawks magic number is holding at 9. Hawks have 12 games left and we have 10.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@Seth Nadler I don't buy that. Phil wouldn't mind seeing guys play in a playoff situation.  Just more info for help to help make his decision on players.  I'm sure he's watching who has heart and will fight and who will just lay down.  

Woody is gone no matter what.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@Knixtradamus @Biggie  Before the season started, Biggie had entered the land of the make believe!  Doesn't look like he's leaving anytime soon either!  

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@Seth Nadler I think he would like to see the younger players like THjr and Shump play in the playoff atmosphere especially since if we were to make it, we would be up against Indy or the Heat. 

Phil knows those are the teams he has to get by first int he East and it proably would be nice to observer what we have against the best inthe East.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@Kiyan Carter Dude, Kobe is a winner. It's not about the  overal pct or the pt avg. It's abut when you score and when you get stops and when you make good decisions and etc. 

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@Knixtradamus @akamarb Yep that is it.  Some like Kiyan can attack and see the flaws in THJr game and yet they see nothing wrong in Melo's

THJr is a rookie and he should improve hopefully and good coaching should help as well.

Melo has been in this league for 10 years making huge money and some like Kiyan keep thinking that it's only a matter of time before Melo gets the environment worthy of him because that's the only thing holding him back!  

Kill the rookie and worship the overpaid 10 year superstar that hasn't won anything. SMGDH