Amar'e Stoudemire missed his first game of the season with a sprained right toe, but the New York Knicks did not miss a beat as they used three-point shooting to make up for their missing All-Star center in a 105-95 win over the New Jersey Nets.
The Knicks took 34 three-pointers and hit 47.1 percent of their attempts from behind the arc. It was the most three-pointers attempted by the Knicks in a regulation game this season. Saturday was also the first time they attempted at least 34 three-pointers in a regulation win since January 26, 2010 when they attempted 40 in a 132-105 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.
The fact the Knicks took so many three-pointers should come as no surprise. Entering Saturday, the Knicks were second in the NBA with 8.9 three-point field goals made per game. With Stoudemire on the floor, the Knicks averaged 8.1 three-pointers made per 48 minutes. With Stoudemire off the floor, that average jumps up to 11.2 made.
Their attempts go up even more, jumping from 21.9 with Stoudemire on the floor to 32.8 without him per 48 minutes. So Saturday's performance fell pretty much in line with their three-point averages with Stoudemire off the floor.
It's just the second time the Bobcats won with a shot made with no time remaining in the game. Gerald Wallace had the other game-winner at the buzzer in franchise history on January 9, 2010 when the Bobcats won 89-87 over the Memphis Grizzlies.
JacksonIt's the third time this month a game in the NBA was won at the buzzer and Jackson is the third player to hit a buzzer-beater for a road win this season joining Derek Fisher of the Los Angeles Lakers and Antonio McDyess for the San Antonio Spurs. Jackson's 32 points are the most this season by a player who made a game-winning buzzer-beating shot.
The fact that this game went down to the wire is pretty amazing when you consider what happened during the second quarter. The game was tied 27-27 after one period when the Hawks began the quarter scoring 18 straight points and with 2:50 remaining in the second, the Hawks had outscored the Bobcats 24-2.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the 18 straight points allowed by the Bobcats were the second-most they've given up in a game in team history. The only run which was larger against the Bobcats was a 20-0 run by the Celtics on October 28, 2009.