Ten stats to know from the Knicks' win over the Heat on Thursday, with the help of vast resources, including the Elias Sports Bureau and Basketball-Reference.com.
1. The Knicks are 14-4, their best 18-game start since going 14-4 in 1993-94, a season in which they lost to the Houston Rockets in seven games in the NBA Finals.
2.Via Elias: The Knicks are the third team in NBA history to go on the road and beat a defending NBA champ by at least 20 points, while playing without their leading scorer. The other two are the 1998-99 Orlando Magic and Boston Celtics, each of whom beat the defending champion Chicago Bulls.
The Knicks have a pair of 20-point wins over the Heat. It’s the second time in Knicks' history that they’ve beaten a defending champ by 20-plus points twice in a season. They also did so against the Heat in the 2006-07 season.
3.The Knicks made 18 3-pointers in Thursday’s win. Their 218 3-pointers this season are 56 more than any other team. They are on pace to make 993 3-pointers, which would shatter the Orlando Magic’s NBA record of 841, set in 2009-10.
4. The Elias Sports Bureau reports that the Knicks, who made 19 3-pointers in their first meeting with the Heat, are the first team in NBA history to make at least 18 3-pointers in each of two straight games against the same team.
The Knicks, who attempted 41 3-pointers against the Charlotte Bobcats and 44 against the Heat, also joined the 1995-96 Dallas Mavericks as the only teams to attempt at least 40 3-pointers in consecutive games.
5. The two Knicks starting guards had outstanding games. Raymond Felton tied a career-high with his six 3-pointers. Jason Kidd finished a +31 (meaning the Knicks outscored the Heat by 31 points with him on the floor) in his 31 minutes.
Kidd’s +31 was the seventh-highest for him in 1,329 career regular-season games and the highest mark he’s ever had in a road game. His previous road best was a +30, also against the Heat, while a member of the Phoenix Suns in February, 2001.
6. Speaking of plus-minus, the Knicks outscored the Heat by 33 points with Dwyane Wade on the floor, handing him the worst plus-minus for a single game in his NBA career.
7. The Knicks most effective five-man unit on Thursday was that of Felton, Kidd, J.R. Smith, Steve Novak, and Tyson Chandler. In just over six minutes on the floor together, they outscored the Heat, 21-8 and combined for five 3-pointers.
8. The Knicks took greatest advantage of the Heat’s five-man unit of Wade, Ray Allen, LeBron James, Mike Miller and Joel Anthony. That group was on the floor together for just over two minutes. In that span, the Knicks were 4-for-4 from the field, 3-for-3 from 3-point range and 2-for-2 from the free throw line.
9. Going back to Novak, in two games against the Heat, he is 13-for-23 (57 percent) from the field, including 7-for-13 (54 percent) from 3-point range. He’s shooting 39 percent from the field and 41 percent from 3 against other opponents.
10. The Knicks finished with 20 assists and only seven turnovers, a season-low for a team against the Heat. The Knicks are turning the ball over on only 11 percent of their possessions this season, the best rate in the NBA.
For more on why the Knicks match up so well with the Heat, check out Stats & Info's blog post on Truehoop