Stats & Info: J.R. Smith

Top stats to know: Heat 102, Knicks 91

April, 6, 2014
Apr 6
The story of the Miami Heat win over the New York Knicks on Sunday afternoon can be told in a series of shot charts that illustrated the difference in the performance of the two teams.

Anthony vs James: One-sided matchup
The matchup between Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James went to James in a big way.

James outscored Anthony, 38-13, and became the fourth player in the last 25 seasons to post four 30-point games in a season against the Knicks.

Anthony is shooting 29 percent from the field in his last two games. This marks the first time all season that Anthony failed to score 20 points in consecutive games.

James' teams has now beaten Anthony's in 14 of 26 meetings, including playoffs.

Heat dominate paint in 2nd half

Dwyane Wade and Chris Andersen -- who were both out Sunday -- are the Heat's second and fourth leading scorers in the paint this season.

Without those two, James had to carry the load early and accounted for 12 of the Heat's 14 paint points in the first half. James went 10 of 11 inside the paint overall Sunday.

The Heat were 11 for 12 in the paint in the second half, outscoring the Knicks 22-12 in the keyafter entering halftime even in paint scoring, 14-14.

Smith sets a record

Knicks guard J.R. Smith attempted an NBA-record 22 3-point field goals, making a team-record 10 of them.

Smith was quick to pull the trigger, with 17 of his 22 attempts coming on catch-and-shoots (a shot within 2 seconds of receiving a pass). Smith was 9 of 17 (53 percent) on these attempts, with the rest of the Knicks going 4 of 17 (24 percent).

When Smith shot off the dribble, he was only 1 of 5 on 3-pointers.

Fourteen of Smith's 22 attempts were contested. Smith was 6 of 14 on contested 3-pointers (43 percent) and 4 of 8 on open attempts.

Entering Sunday there were a combined 1,200 instances of a team playing a game this season and attempting fewer than 22 3-point field goals.

That means teams have elected to shoot fewer 3-pointers than Smith did Sunday 52 percent of the time this season.

Smith's 28 field goal attempts were the most with no paint attempts in the 18 seasons for which we have shot-location data.

He also joined George McCloud and Mike Miller as the only players to make at least six 3-pointers in three straight games.
Stats & Info insights into this morning's top sports stories

1. WORKING OVERTIME: The Phoenix Coyotes beat the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 in OT to take a 2-1 series lead. FROM ELIAS: All three games in the Chicago-Phoenix series have been decided in overtime. It’s the fifth series in NHL history in which each of the first three games were decided in overtime. The other four were Boston-Toronto in 1933, the Montreal-Toronto Stanley Cup Final in 1951 in which all five games went to OT, Edmonton-Los Angeles in 1991 and Colorado-Minnesota in 2008.

Jamie Moyer
2. HISTORIC WIN: Jamie Moyer gave up two runs (both unearned) in seven innings to get the win as the Colorado Rockies beat the San Diego Padres 5-3. Moyer is the oldest pitcher to win a MLB game at 49 years, 151 days old. Jack Quinn was the oldest pitcher to win a MLB game at 49 years, 70 days old on September 13, 1932.

3. PANTHERS COME BACK: FROM ELIAS: The Panthers trailed 3–0 after only 6:16 had been played in Game 3 of their series against the New Jersey Devils but Florida made a goaltending change at that point and Scott Clemmensen blanked his former team the rest of the way while the Panthers rallied for a stunning 4–3 victory. It was only the second time in the last 25 playoff years that an NHL team won a playoff game in which it trailed by three goals in the first seven minutes. The Flames did that in Game 3 of their first-round series against the Sharks in 2008. San Jose scored three goals in the first 3:33 but Calgary came back to win 4-3.

Carmelo Anthony
4. 'MELO GETS HELP: Carmelo Anthony recorded his second career triple-double as the New York Knicks beat the Boston Celtics. Tyson Chandler, J.R. Smith and Steve Novak each had 20-point games with Smith and Novak doing so off the bench. FROM ELIAS: The last time an NBA team had a player score 30 points in a triple-double while three of his teammates scored at least 20 points in a non-overtime game was on January 15, 1991 when the Trail Blazers did it in a 132-117 win at Minnesota. Clyde Drexler had the 30-point triple-double while Mark Bryant, Jerome Kersey and Terry Porter all scored at least 20 points.

5. RED SOX HAMMERED: The Texas Rangers hit six home runs on their way to an 18-3 rout of the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. FROM ELIAS: It was the 10th time in Red Sox history that they lost a game by 15 or more runs in a game played at Fenway Park, with the last such embarrassment coming on June 19, 2000, when they lost 22-1 to the Yankees.