In Wednesday's game against the Charlotte Bobcats, the Knicks couldn't knock down anything. They wound up shooting 42 percent from the field and 32 percent from three-point range on a season-high 41 attempts. But because the Knicks are the Knicks, and the Bobcats are the Bobcats, New York came out on top.
But it was never free of doubt. Halfway through the fourth quarter the Knicks were down by eight—their largest deficit of the game. With two minutes left, and the Knicks trailing by two, Carmelo Anthony decided to dive after a lose ball (that's kind of his thing now), even though the Bobcats' shot clock had already expired.
According to Newsday, 'Melo lacerated his hand and needed six stitches. New York would have to close out the game sans their Option A for the first time this season. Jason Kidd was finally back, would they turn to him? What about Felton—he had 17 points? Maybe lob it to Tyson Chandler who had shot 8-for-10?
Definitely not J.R. Smith, who was shooting 5-of-15 at that point, right? Wrong.
And, in predictable J.R. Smith fashion, he knocked it down for the thrilling win on the road. He then broke out the mean mug as Steve Novak did the celebrating for him, and the Knicks will head to Miami for a rematch with the Heat on Thursday night.
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