J.R. Smith named player of the week

With all due respect to LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Kobe Bryant, J.R. Smith looked like the best player on the planet at times last week.

He had three straight games of 30-plus points. And he did so with an efficient approach.

"He’s dialed in," Carmelo Anthony said.

The NBA recognized Smith’s surreal week on Monday when it named him Eastern Conference Player of the Week.

Smith averaged 29.8 points (second in the league), 7.0 rebounds and 1.5 steals last week, leading the Knicks to a 4-0 record. His run of three straight games with 30-plus points off the bench was the first of its kind in more than 20 years.

Ricky Pierce was the last reserve to do accomplish the feat. He had four straight games of 30-plus points off of Milwaukee’s bench in 1990.

The most impressive aspect of Smith’s week was the way he scored. Instead of settling for contested mid-range jumpers, Smith got to the rim.

In his three-game stretch of 30-point games, an eye-popping 58 percent of his attempts came in the paint.

Prior to the Knicks' winning streak, Smith was taking just 25 percent of his shots in the paint, per ESPN Stats and Information.

"He’s starting to figure it out," Woodson said.

Now, he’s been recognized for it.

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