The ESPN Stats and Information group, putting to use the resources of its video-review crew, Basketball-Reference.com, and the Elias Sports Bureau, took a deeper look at the numbers related to the Knicks Christmas Day win over the Bulls. Here are their best nuggets.
• The Knicks had four different players record double-doubles Saturday. They're the first team in the NBA this season with four different players recording double-doubles in the same game.
According Elias, this is the first time a team has had at least four players record double-doubles in the same game since the Washington Wizards had four players do it on Dec. 18th, 2009 of last season against the Warriors. Overall it happened only twice last season and four times the year before that.
• The Knicks utilized Mike D'Antoni's "seven seconds or less" style of offense style very effectively in this game . The Knicks shot 64 percent from the field and were 7-for-12 from 3-point range on possessions lasting seven seconds or less.
• Amar'e Stoudemire has now scored 20 or more points in 15 straight games. That is the longest such streak by a Knick since Patrick Ewing had a 17-game such streak in January and February, 1994. Stoudemire has 785 points through his first 30 games with the Knicks. From Elias: Only one player scored more points in his first 30 games with the Knicks than Stoudemire -- Dick Barnett, a starter for the 1969-70 Knicks championship team, scored 885 points over his first 30 games with New York in the 1965-66 season.
• Raymond Felton had his sixth straight game with double-digit assists. It's the longest such streak of his career.
• The 12 points in the fourth quarter are the fewest the Knicks have allowed in the fourth quarter of a game since D'Antoni took over as head coach.
• The Knicks prevented Derrick Rose from having a difference-maker sort of game. The Knicks blocked four of his shots in the first quarter and blocked six of his shots for the game (21.5 percent of his shots overall). Rose entered the game only having 7.1 percent of his field goal attempts blocked. The extra blocks helped contribute to a bad shooting day from in-close for Rose. He was 5-for-18 from 10 feet or closer.