Mar 31, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks small forward Steve Novak (16) shoots over Boston Celtics shooting guard Terrence Williams (55) during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Knicks won 108-89. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

New York Knicks set NBA shooting record

The 2012-13 season started with the New York Knicks shooting lights out from behind the arc.

There were some rocky patches at times, but the Knicks have lived and died with the three-point shot. Because they have shot the ball well pretty much all season long, these Knicks have carved out a spot in NBA history.

Apr 3, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) shoots against Atlanta Hawks small forward Josh Smith (5) in the second quarter at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mike Muszynski-USA TODAY Sports

In Thursday night’s game against the Chicago Bulls, J.R. Smith knocked down  three-pointer that broke the single season record for three-pointers made by a team, passing the 2010 Orlando Magic team that made 841 shots from behind the arc. the Knicks have now made 847.

The Knicks lead the NBA this season with 10.9 three’s made per game and also leading the league with 28.9 attempts per game. In addition, at 37.6 percent per game, the Knicks ran fifth in the league.

With sharpshooters like Steve Novak, Smith, and Carmelo Anthony it’s hard to argue that the Knicks wouldn’t be a decent shooting team. But I’m not sure anyone expected the Knicks to be this lethal from beyond the arc, especially when you look at the career percentages from most of the Knicks shooters coming into the season.

There are still four games left to be played, so expect the Knicks to be firing from behind the arc and pad their record even more.

You live by the three and die by the three.

Let’s hope come playoff time that the shots continue to fall.

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