Five Takeaways: Melo Drops 40 Again, Knicks Win 11th Straight

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J.R. Smith Continues to Shine

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Over the past month, J.R. Smith has really been fantastic. His offensive game has evolved into a diversified repetoire featuring constant attacks of the rim. Not only has he been more efficient from the field, but he's getting to the line more than at any other point in his career.

As a result of his great play, Smith is in a great offensive rhythm, which showed in his hot outside shooting against the Bucks. He was 5-of-11 shooting from three-point land and scored 12 of his 30 points in New York's dominant third quarter. Smith continues to provide instant offense for the Knicks coming off the bench and was a big part of the win tonight.

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