Smith comes out firing in first bow at MSG

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He came mostly because of Carmelo Anthony, partly because of Mike D’Antoni’s offense and partly to be back in the region where he was raised.

 

Back from a stint playing in China, J.R. Smith, the former Nuggets shooting guard out of Freehold, N.J., made his Knicks debut in yesterday’s giant 104-97 victory over the Mavericks without so much as a single practice. He made a big impact in 29:43 of playing, scoring 15 points after hitting three of his first four shots, all 3-pointers, and invigorating the club early as it built a 32-20 lead after one quarter.

 

Smith got a little too shot-happy after his first-quarter burst and finished 6-of-16 (3-of-9 on 3-pointers), but proved he can add to the Knicks’ firepower.

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Smith comes out firing in first bow at MSG