New York Knicks

By The Numbers: RJ Barrett's career-high 35 points propels Knicks to road win vs. Pelicans

With a 123-117 victory over the Pelicans in New Orleans, the Knicks improve to 5-1 for the season and are tied with the Washington Wizards for the best record in the Eastern Conference. The 5-1 start is the Knicks' best six-game record since the 2012-13 season.

The team had six players finish in double figures but rode the career-night of young Canadian guard RJ Barrett especially down the stretch in crunch time, playing out one of the best games of his career so far.

Here's a deeper look at the numbers from a special night for the Toronto native:

35 - career-high points tally

Barrett exploded for a career-high 35 points on an incredible 12-of-18 shooting efficiency. Here's a look at his shot chart from the game.

He did most of his damage in the second half when he scored 25 (8-of-11) of his game-high points tally. In fact, despite being a wire-to-wire victory for the Knicks, the Pelicans did threaten, but the Canadian shut out their run each time.

Over the final 8:51, when Barrett checked into the game in the fourth quarter, he scored or assisted on 18 of the team's last 29 points including this late dagger.

6 - career-high for made 3-pointers

En route to scoring 35, Barrett knocked down a career-high six 3-pointers on just eight attempts. This is just the third time he has knocked down six 3-pointers in his career, with the previous instance coming against the Charlotte Hornets in April 2021 on 11 attempts.

Coming into this game, he shot 26.9 percent from beyond the arc for the season and 36.5 percent for his career, so the 75 percent super efficiency is a case of the 'hot-hand'.

The six 3-pointers take Barrett's career tally to 200, making him the sixth player from the 2019 Draft class to reach that tally.

5 - Joins elite list to record 35/8/6/6

Along with his points tally, Barrett also stuffed the stat sheet with eight rebounds and six assists as he recorded a game-high plus-minus of +8 through 36 minutes of action.

Those numbers along with his six 3-pointers put him alongside an elite company of players.

It made him only the fifth player in NBA history to record 35/8/6/6 (points/rebounds/assists/3-pointers) in a single game at an age of 21 or younger after LeBron James, Stephen Curry, Luka Doncic and Trae Young.

At 21 years and 138 days, he also becomes the youngest Knicks player ever to score 35 points on 65 percent shooting efficiency or better.

1 - Best game of his career?

If those numbers weren't enough, even with all that ball-time, Barrett only turned the ball over once. That combined with his shooting efficiency in this game has to make this one of the best games of his young NBA career right? Wrong.

"It was definitely a good game overall offensively," Barret said postgame." I was terrible on defense today. Not good."

In his third season, Barrett's numbers have taken a leap but with the additions of Kemba Walker and Evan Fournier, the focus for the young guard was going to be to contribute heavily on the defensive end of the floor.

This offensive outburst comes just a couple of days after Barrett didn't fall for DeMar DeRozan's pump fake and put up a hard contest on his potential game-winner in Chicago.

Five games is a short sample size but coming into this contest in New Orleans, Barrett had a league-best defensive field goal percentage of 31.3 among NBA wings who defend at least 12 shots per game.

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