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Friday, March 2, 2012
Novakaine has most NBA 3s since Feb. 6

By ESPNNewYork.com

It must have been an omen.

In the 12 games since Jeremy Lin joined the Knicks' starting lineup on Feb. 6, Steve Novak has played at least 15 minutes in every game, connecting on a league-high 41 3-pointers (47.7 percent). Before that, Novak played in only 11 of the Knicks' first 24 games, logging 15-plus minutes only once.

Steve Novak This Season

Before Feb. 6 | After Feb. 6

Points per game -- 3.4 | 12.7
Field goal percentage -- 42.4 | 49.5
3-point field goals -- 12-for-27 | 41-for-86
Plus-minus -- +7 | +100

Of Novak's plays this season, 82.3 percent have been catch-and-shoots. Novak is shooting 52.0 percent on such plays, most being 3-point attempts.

Most Points Per Play In Catch-And-Shoots This Season*

Brandon Rush (Warriors) -- 1.56
Steve Novak (Knicks) -- 1.51
Mike Miller (Heat) -- 1.49
Mario Chalmers (Heat) -- 1.43
*Minimum 50 field goal attempts

Source: ESPN Stats & Info

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