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Smith continues to shine off the bench
From Elias: J.R. Smith registered 20 points and five rebounds off the bench to help lead the Knicks to a 100-83 victory over the Spurs at Madison Square Garden on Thursday night. Smith has now recorded at least 20 points and five rebounds in each of his last five games, the longest such streak for a player off the bench since the Suns' Eddie Johnson did it in five consecutive games as a sub from January 24th to February 1st in 1989.
Novak does all his damage from downtown
From Elias: Steve Novak shot 5-for-7 from three-point range accounting for all of his 15 points in New York's win over San Antonio. That marked the fifth time in his career that Novak has scored at least 15 points, with all coming on three-pointers. Only two other players have done that as many times as Novak since the league instituted the three-point shot in 1979: Damon Jones (10) and Matt Bonner (five).
Consecutive poor shooting performances for Iguodala
From Elias: Andre Iguodala shot 1-for-5 from three-point range and made only one of his seven free throw attempts in Denver's loss to Minnesota on Thursday night. That followed Iguodala's 1-for-5 performance from both three three-point line and charity stripe on New Year's Day. Prior to this season, there had been only seven instances in which a player made as low as 20 percent of his attempts from three-point range and the free throw line with a minimum of five attempts in each category in the same game, and no player had done that more than once. Iguodala has now done it in consecutive games.
Barea comes through in the fourth quarter
From Elias: Jose Juan Barea scored 12 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Timberwolves to a 101-97 win over the Nuggets in Denver on Thursday night. Barea has scored 39 percent of his total points in the fourth quarter this season, the sixth highest percentage among players with at least 250 points behind Eric Bledsoe (46.6%), Andre Miller (44.5%), Toney Douglas (42.6%), Isaiah Thomas (40.1%) and Jamal Crawford (39.9%).