Each week throughout the season, we'll take a closer look at the Knicks' performance from both a statistical and analytical perspective, with help from tools such as Basketball-Reference.com.
Elias Sports Bureau Stat of the Week
How amazing was Tyson Chandler's 12-for-13 shooting on Monday?
Chandler shot 92 percent from the field while his Knicks teammates were only 21 of 72 (29%).
It was the first time in nearly 56 years that a player made at least 90 percent of his shots, while taking at least 10, and his teammates made less than 30 percent of their shots.
The previous instance was on Jan. 25, 1957, when Walter Dukes made 9 of 10 and his Minneapolis Lakers colleagues were 29-for-99 (29 percent) against the Boston Celtics.
What the shot chart shows
The consistently inconsistent version of J.R. Smith is alive and well.
J.R. Smith has gone from shooting like this ...
Smith has run into his first funk of the season after shooting the ball very well in the early going.
The two shooting zone charts on the right show the change in Smith's performance.
Of note is that in his last three games, Smith has not just struggled on the left-side 3-pointer and in the paint, he's also temporarily abandoned the straightaway jumper, both from 2-point range and 3-point range.
To shooting like this.
In the first 10 games of the season, Smith took shots from the top of the key, and beyond about three times per game. He hasn't taken any in his last three games.
One positive for Smith: Even though he hasn't shot it well from the field, he's maintained his early success at the free throw line, netting 16-of-18 in the last three games.
Smith is 36-for-41 from the free throw line this season (88 percent). He hasn't shot 80 percent or better for a full season since 2006-07.
He has been a 73 percent free-throw shooter over the last five seasons.
Notes and numbers from the past 3 Games
Friday’s loss: The Knicks went the first 10 games of the season without allowing a player to score 30 points on them, a streak that ended with the loss to the Houston Rockets and the big games from James Harden and Chandler Parsons.
This marked the first time since the 1998-99 season that the Knicks did not allow a 30-point scorer within their first 10 games of the season.
Sunday’s win: The Knicks were 17-for-33 from 3-point range in their win over the Pistons.
It marked the fourth time that the Knicks made at least 17 3-pointers and hit them at a 50-plus percent rate in the last two seasons. The rest of the NBA has combined for one such game in that span.
Most 3-Pointers in NBA
The Knicks scored 121 points against the Pistons, the fifth time they’ve scored that many against them since December, 2006.
Prior to that they went more than 18 years without scoring that many against a Pistons team that was typically of a higher caliber than Sunday’s foe.
Monday’s loss: One more note on Chandler's 12-for-13. He was the first Knick to shoot that well in a game (92 percent) in which he took at least 10 shots since Tony Campbell did so against the Utah Jazz in March, 1993. Campbell was 12-for-13 in a 125-11 Knicks win.
Carmelo Anthony scored 35 points in the game. Coincidentally, the last time the Knicks lost a regular-season overtime game to the Nets (1992), Patrick Ewing scored 35 points in defeat.
This was a game to forget for point guard Raymond Felton. It’s an odd stat combo, but one that reflects just how bad this game was for Felton- 16 percent shooting from the field, five turnovers and five fouls.
The only other player in the last 25 regular seasons to hit that combination in a game, while taking as many shots as Felton’s 19 was Knicks nemesis Reggie Miller for the Indiana Pacers against the Portland Trail Blazers in March of 1996.