Dec 6, 2012; Miami FL, USA; New York Knicks point guard Raymond Felton (2) looks on during the second half against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

New York Knicks off to historical statistical start

After Thursday night’s victory over the Los Angeles Lakes, the New York Knicks sit at 17-5.

That is certainly impressive enough, but it has been the way the Knicks have been doing it all season that has been the most impressive part- light’s out shooting and taking care of the basketball.

Dec. 13, 2012; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks point guard Jason Kidd (5) dribbles the ball against the Los Angeles Lakers during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Knicks won 116-107. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

Against the Lakers, the Knicks knocked down 12 shots from behind the arc, right at their average per game. They also committed only six turnovers the entire night, which is well below their 10.6 average per game.

Through 22 games of the season, the Knicks have hit more three-pointers than they have committed turnovers, something the crew at TNT mentioned has never been done before.

So far the Knicks have drained 264 shots from behind the arc and have committed only 226 turnovers as a team, ranking No. 1 in the NBA in both categories.

Having Raymond Felton and Jason Kidd playing together is a big part of that.

They take care of the basketball and are outstanding decision makers. They are always making the right pass to an open shooter or the guy with the hot hand. With Felton and Kidd in the backcourt together, the ball isn’t going to be thrown around and things aren’t going to be forced.

Add to that the barrage of shooters that Mike Woodson runs out on a nightly basis, there is always a guy getting an open shot from behind the arc.

The Knicks are shooting 45.1 percent from the floor, but they are shooting 41.2 percent from behind the arc, which is the third best mark in the league. This coming from a team that shot only 33.6 percent from long-range (21st) a season ago and committed the second most turnovers in the league.

Who knows if this can keep up, but a quarter of the way through the season, it certainly has been a recipe for winning.

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