Knicks' J.R. Smith Sets NBA Single-Game Three-Point Attempts Record

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Knicks' J.R. Smith Sets NBA Single-Game Three-Point Attempts Record
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New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith entered Sunday's game against the Miami Heat with plenty of confidence, having made 14 of his 28 three-point attempts over the past two games.

Still, what came next was rather unexpected, as Smith hit 10 of his 22 attempts from beyond the arc Sunday to set a new NBA record for the most three-pointers attempted in a single game, per NBA.com.

The previous mark was held by retired point guard Damon Stoudamire, who converted just five of his 21 long-range attempts for the Portland Trail Blazers on April 15, 2005, per Erik C. Anderson of The Oregonian.

According to a tweet from SportsCenter, Smith also achieved two more records during Sunday's contest: most three-pointers made in a three-game stretch in NBA history (24) and most three-pointers made in a single-game in Knicks' history (10). 

With New York trailing late and looking to close the margin Sunday, Smith was afforded additional shot opportunities, resulting in his making five of his 10 three-point attempts during the fourth quarter.

Including Sunday, the offensive-minded Smith has now knocked down at least five treys on 10 occasions this season, per Basketball-Reference.com, and is shooting 39.1 percent from deep during a campaign that has seen him average more than six three-point attempts per game.

Further, after averaging only 11.7 points in November, Smith has increased his scoring output in each month since, bringing his season average to 14.2 per game.

However, with the Knicks currently two games back of the Eastern Conference's final playoff spot, Smith may want to avoid becoming too one-dimensional during the team's four remaining games.

To add perspective, Smith finished Sunday's game with 32 points on 11-of-28 shooting, leaving him with just one make from inside the arc. Perhaps more concerning, Smith has failed to attempt a free throw in four straight games.

Nonetheless, following a poor start to the season, Smith has caught fire lately, enabling him to claim a piece of history in both the Knicks' and the NBA's respective record books.

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