Monday, January 13, 2014
Key to victory: Knicks make 3s, Suns don't
By ESPN Stats & Information
What were the statistical keys to the New York Knicks' overtime win over the Phoenix Suns on Monday night?
The Suns shot a season-worst 33.5 percent in losing to the Knicks.
This was the first time in six tries that they won a game decided by three points or fewer. And the number three was a big factor in this game.
Suns couldn’t buy a ‘3’
The Suns continued a trend that has been consistent of Knicks opponents recently. Phoenix was 7 for 30 from 3-point range.
In this five-game winning streak, the Knicks have held opponents to 24 percent shooting on their trifectas (28 for 115). Prior to this stretch, opponents were shooting 38 percent on their 3-pointers against the Knicks.
The Suns entered the game shooting 37 percent from 3, eighth-best in the NBA.
The Suns missed their final 12 shots of the game, including 0 for 7 shooting in overtime.
Anthony made his 3s, got his rebounds
Carmelo Anthony struggled with his mid-range shots, making only 3 of 14, but made up for that by making three 3-pointers and grabbing 16 rebounds.
Anthony finished with 29 points, marking the fourth time he’s had at least 29 points and 16 rebounds in a game. Two of those have come this season.
Anthony is 17 for 35 from 3-point range since Jan. 1.
Shot of the Game: Felton’s Corner 3
Raymond Felton played a key role in getting the game into overtime, draining a go-ahead 3-pointer from the right corner with 53 seconds to play in regulation.
It was good timing for Felton to make his first 3-pointer from that corner all season. He was 0 for 4 on those shots entering the day.
Felton had missed nine of his 11 3-point attempts over a three-game stretch prior to that make.
Stat of the Day
The Knicks have four wins against teams with records of .500 or better this month. They had a total of two in November and December, both against the Hawks.