J.R. Smith shoots an NBA-record 22 three-pointers in Knicks' loss
APR 06, 2014 5:32p ET
Knicks guard J.R. Smith launches an NBA-record 22 three-pointers, the Knicks still lose to the Heat, and New York's chances of making the playoffs get even slimmer.
In the 102-91 loss Sunday, the inscrutable Smith broke the previous record of 21 three-pointers taken in a single game, a mark set in 2005 by Damon Stoudamire.
True, Smith did make 10 of those 22 shots, setting a franchise record for the Knicks in the process and ending up with 32 points. So maybe he can take a little solace in that ...
J.R. Smith set an NBA record for most 3-point attempts in a game http://t.co/PVsRjpLiJR— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) April 6, 2014
... Or in the fact that by game's end, his name was already trending on Twitter -- although not everyone had nice things to say about Smith's performance:
JR Smith had 22 3-point attempts? Seriously???? Smh... #knicks— Sage Steele (@sagesteele) April 6, 2014
JR Smith took a fadeaway 3 point shot with a player in his grill with 20 seconds left on the shot clock...— NBA RETWEET (@RTNBA) April 6, 2014
I'm pretty sure JR Smith whispers 'YOLO' every time he touches the ball...— Rick The Ruler (@Rickonia) April 6, 2014
JR Smith 22 3 point attempts sets an NBA record. Probably most fitting record of all time for him...— Jorge Sedano (@SedanoESPN) April 6, 2014
JR Smith staying in to break the record for most 3s attempted in a game is the most Knicks record ever— Dan Le Batard Show (@LeBatardShow) April 6, 2014
“@SherwoodStrauss: JR Smith now just sees ballracks when he looks at his teammates”— Andre Dawkins (@dre_dawkins) April 6, 2014
JR Smith was 10 of 22 passing for 79 yards ... on his 3-point attempts.— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) April 6, 2014
Whatever Twitter thought about it, it would seem Smith himself was just fine with his new record ...
... Even if his own teammates seemed bemused and/or baffled by what transpired:
Stoudemire told Felton that JR Smith took an NBA-record 22 threes in the loss. Felton said in response, "Jesus Christ."— Chris Herring (@HerringWSJ) April 6, 2014
But perhaps Raymond Felton, Amare Stoudemire and other Knicks players should have seen this coming. After all, it's not the first time Smith has gone on such a spree. Smith laughed off a similar performance in December vs. the Milwaukee Bucks:
But he did make a vow after that one happened:
But trust me give me that chance again I'll shoot it again!— JR Smith (@TheRealJRSmith) December 19, 2013
So at least we know Smith can keep a promise.
The loss to Miami drops the Knicks further behind the Atlanta Hawks in the bid for the East's last playoff berth. The remainder of the Knicks' schedule isn't very favorable, either. Their final four games come against teams with winning records that have already secured playoff spots:
--At Toronto (Friday)
--Vs. Chicago (Sunday)
--At Brooklyn (Tuesday)
--Vs. Toronto (Wednesday)