An Impressively Smoove Line

Wednesday, December 8, 2010
By Jon Newberry

Josh Smith’s line from last night’s game (34 pts on 14-of-16 shooting) has turned some heads, especially among those number crunchers over at Elias Sports Bureau.

Smith became the first Hawks player with a game of that many points (34) and that high a FG pct (87.5 pct) in more than 55 years, since Hall-of-Famer Bob Pettit scored 34 points while making 12 of 13 shots (92.3 percent) on March 14, 1955.

Pettit’s performance came in a 99-84 win over the Philadelphia Warriors, in a neutral-site game played in Albany, New York. What made the game especially noteworthy is that it was the final game played by the Hawks while representing Milwaukee.

Less than 2 months later, it was announced that the team would move from Milwaukee to St. Louis for the 1955-56 season; it then moved to Atlanta in 1968.

Smith was a perfect 7-for-7 in the second half and scored from all areas of the court throughout the night. Here is a breakdown of his night:

1st quarter – 9 pts, 3/4 FG
2nd quarter – 10 pts, 4/5 FG
3rd quarter – 8 pts, 4/4 FG
4th quarter – 7 pts, 3/3 FG

Smoove finished nine shots at, or near the rim. Two of them were dunks and two of them were “And 1’s”.

He missed his first shot of the game, which was a fadeaway from the left elbow, so he finished the game hitting 14-of-15.

According to, Smith is just the fourth player in the past four seasons to score at least 34 points on at least 14-0f-16 shooting. Also of note, Josh’s two 3-pointers raises his average to 47% from behind the arc.