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J.R. Smith sets single-game NBA record for most three-point attempts in loss to Heat

Apr 6, 2014, 5:00 PM EDT

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J.R. Smith set an NBA record during Sunday’s loss to the Heat, and it’s one that most casual observers may have been surprised to hear that he didn’t already hold.

Smith has been known as a shoot first, ask questions later type of player throughout his career, and shot himself into the record books by attempting 22 three-pointers, the most ever attempted in a single game in NBA history.

The previous record was held by Damon Stoudamire, who attempted 21 threes while with the Blazers back in 2005.

Smith wasn’t just chucking for the sake of it, however, at least before his last couple of record-breaking attempts. He set a team record by making 10 of those attempts from three-point distance, and it was his scoring that kept the Knicks within striking distance in this one, with his 32 points leading the team in scoring for the second straight game.

The problem for the Knicks, just as it was in Friday’s loss to the Wizards, was the subpar play of Carmelo Anthony, who is obviously feeling the effects of a shoulder injury. Anthony had 10 points against nine turnovers in Friday’s loss, and against the Heat, he managed to shoot just 4-of-17 from the field to finish with 13 points in over 44 minutes of action.

Anthony didn’t attempt a field goal in the entire fourth quarter, despite playing all but 20 seconds of it.

The Heat were without Dwyane Wade for the sixth straight game as he continues to rest a sore hamstring, but LeBron James picked up more than his share of the slack, finishing with 38 points on 13-of-22 shooting, to go along with five rebounds and six assists.

The loss puts the Knicks already-slim playoff hopes into even more serious doubt. New York trails Atlanta by three games in the loss column, and in order to make the postseason, must now finish 4-0 against teams who are all a part of the Eastern Conference playoff picture, while hoping that the Hawks stumble to a 3-4 regular season finish.

  1. sportsfan18 - Apr 6, 2014 at 5:13 PM

    For Smith, a very good 3 pt shooting game. 10 of 22 for .454%

    Of course, Kyle Korver is shooting .481% from 3 pt range this season and that lowly .454% would have brought his season average down…

    Back to the positive for the Knicks though. .45% from 3 pt range IS fantastic and at least Smith showed up to play as the Knicks need EVERY game down the stretch to make the playoffs…

    Smith’s day wasn’t enough to make up for Melo’s 4 or 17 performance from the field though…

    • antistratfordian - Apr 6, 2014 at 5:25 PM

      It was a very good 3 pt shooting game for anybody.

      • sportsfan18 - Apr 6, 2014 at 11:31 PM


        I said the following above… “.45% from 3 pt range IS fantastic”

      • adamsjohn714 - Apr 6, 2014 at 11:44 PM

        Sportsfan…… you also said, “For Smith, a very good 3 pt shooting game.”

        I’m not a doctor, but you just might be implying that it wouldn’t be a very good 3 pt shooting game for someone else.

      • sportsfan18 - Apr 7, 2014 at 12:55 PM

        no, I was saying it WAS a very good game for HIM as he’s not a good 3 pt shooter or even a good shooter overall…

        by the time one shoots around 37% or so, one is a good 3 pt shooter so of course shooting 45% in a game IS very good, except for one who shoots better than that like Korver.

      • antistratfordian - Apr 7, 2014 at 2:32 PM

        People might buy that excuse if the first adjective you used to describe the .454% wasn’t “lowly.”

  2. jaydm84 - Apr 6, 2014 at 5:45 PM

    Didn’t make a difference.

    • mytthor - Apr 8, 2014 at 1:03 AM

      Actually, it made quite a difference. Just not enough of one.

  3. cruzan80 - Apr 6, 2014 at 5:58 PM

    Smith did have a good game today & definitely showed up…..too bad its only his 2nd…maybe 3rd good game of the entire season.

    Had he been playing at the same level Melo has been playing at since November….the Knicks wouldn’t be in this position to begin with. Melo is statistically having a better season than he did last year when the team won 54 games….unfortunately his teammates (J.R. Smith & Raymond Felton in particular) have spent most of this season untying shoe laces, having twitter beefs & pulling guns on their girlfriends.

    Like Phil Jackson pointed out last week, Melo has had the burden of carrying this pathetic squad all year. Now…in April….J.R. Smith has suddenly morphed into Kobe Bryant….Knick fans would like to applaud his performance today…..but they would’ve much rather have as reason to applauded him in December, January, February & March.

    • adamsjohn714 - Apr 6, 2014 at 6:53 PM

      It really wasn’t a particularly good game. Very good 3 point shooting was offset by 1-6 from inside the arc and no FTs. He took 28 shots to score 32 points, which is below average scoring.

      • cruzan80 - Apr 7, 2014 at 7:16 AM

        Your right….but my point was the fact that he was actually productive in this game compared to the previous 60 something games he’s played this season.

  4. bballhistorian - Apr 6, 2014 at 5:59 PM

    Why attempt 17 shots if you arent healthy enough to play? Because Carmelo “gotta get his”….

    • sportsfan18 - Apr 6, 2014 at 11:33 PM

      MeHog 17 shots while injured.

      MeBrick only going 4 for 17

      • mytthor - Apr 8, 2014 at 1:06 AM

        Would you like a third attempt at a dumb, hacky nickname? You’re 0 for 2…

    • mytthor - Apr 8, 2014 at 1:05 AM

      If Carmelo were someone else you’d be singing his praises for toughness and playing hurt.

      • bballhistorian - Apr 8, 2014 at 1:47 AM

        No i would say he’s putting himself before the team…trying to tough it out a la Kobe style

  5. j0esixpack - Apr 6, 2014 at 6:24 PM

    That’s up there with Crash Davis setting the minor league HR record

    though actually I give him credit – that was the only thing that was going to keep them in the game, and it still wasn’t enough

  6. jzone954 - Apr 6, 2014 at 6:40 PM


    • genericcommenter - Apr 6, 2014 at 6:53 PM

      Really? Did he get them from Juan Dixon, Lindsey Hunter, or Rashard Lewis?

      • jimeejohnson - Apr 6, 2014 at 8:22 PM

        He got them from CantonPeaBrain!

  7. ProBasketballPundit - Apr 6, 2014 at 6:53 PM

    He made 10 threes, missed 12 and it seems like at least 4 of those misses hit multiple parts of the rim before bouncing out. Plus they were mostly 28 foot off-balance bombs. When you consider some of the unlucky and/or artificially difficult aspects of JR’s night…. he did pretty good.

  8. eugenesaxe1 - Apr 6, 2014 at 7:24 PM

    45% from is no joke.

  9. slate91 - Apr 6, 2014 at 7:58 PM

    once again it doesn’t matter if he 10 threes here. they still lost and he is a irrelevant player on an even more irrelevant team, no love for the Knicks here NONNE

  10. 22yearsagotoday - Apr 6, 2014 at 8:20 PM

    Some of those 3’s were sick, and sick is good!

  11. nykfanwakemeupin2015 - Apr 6, 2014 at 8:29 PM

    He has been wet but when JR is hot his shot selection goes out the window. The misses he had today were atrocious. While he kept them in the game at times he also shot them out of it on important possessions. 4-17 and Lebron is covering Jr Melo is probably better off on the bench.

    The positive IMO is that JR becomes much more tradable as does Amare. Tyson and his rotations on defense are AWFUL. This pretty much sealed our playoff fate.

    • miamatt - Apr 6, 2014 at 9:54 PM

      You are spot on about shot selection. He took some deep ones and drilled them, but on possessions when the Heat did manage to close out on the catch, he held the ball, dribbled a bit, and forced at least a few god-awful attempts in critical moments. If Smith had kept moving the ball when he was covered, it might have made a difference in this game.

      • nykfanwakemeupin2015 - Apr 7, 2014 at 10:32 AM

        I agree. Anyone with half a basketball IQ knew JR’s day was not beneficial to the team. It was all about him and hopefully he is boosting his trade value.

  12. 1972wasalongtimeago - Apr 6, 2014 at 11:35 PM

    It seems that every team’s best play against the Heat is the one when the shot clock is less than a second, and the guy throws up a falling out of bounds prayer that ALWAYS goes in swish. It’s incredible.

  13. 93warchant - Apr 6, 2014 at 11:43 PM

    Big f-ing deal Smith and Stoudemire are the biggest waste of money the Knicks have had since hiring Isaiah Thomas. One in j.r. smith isn’t a team player, and amar’e can’t stay healthy for any significant stretch to help any team let alone can he play any defense. I guarantee you Phil Jackson is about to cut weight in about 2 to 3 months.

  14. bronx77 - Apr 7, 2014 at 12:38 AM

    Don’t talk about the best play for every team against the heat is a last second heave that somehow goes in. You won a ring last year because of a last second heave that somehow went in.

    • 1972wasalongtimeago - Apr 7, 2014 at 7:01 AM

      Best 3 point shooter in league history, sets his feet, and makes the same shot he’s practiced and made thousands of times over almost 20 years isn’t the same as a career 25% 3pt shooter hoisting one up from the parking lot.

      But that being said, that you for reminding me of the greatest moment in my entire 40+ years of being a sports fan. Think I’ll start my Monday by heading over to YouTube and watching “The Big 3” a few dozen times (I dubbed it “The Big 3” but it hasn’t caught on yet.

      • nykfanwakemeupin2015 - Apr 7, 2014 at 10:29 AM

        Skip you tube and head over to Phonics.

  15. knightrider1755 - Apr 7, 2014 at 4:47 PM

    So what?His team lost so who cares what he shot. Losers.

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