J.R. Smith shoots an NBA-record 22 three-pointers in Knicks' loss

J.R. Smith shoots over Mario Chalmers of the Miami Heat on Sunday. It was one of Smith's NBA-record 22 three-point attempts of the game.

Nathaniel S. Butler / NBAE

Want the Cliffs Notes for the New York Knicks' lackluster season? Just read the box score from Sunday's game vs. the Miami Heat. In summation:

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 ...

... 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:

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:

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:

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)

(H/T to For the Win for the story)

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