JR Smith Video: Watch Knicks Guard Hit Game-Winner vs. Suns

Ian HanfordFeatured ColumnistDecember 26, 2012

J.R. Smith moved the New York Knicks to 21-8 with a crazy, buzzer-beating, off-balance jumper in the left corner to defeat the Phoenix Suns, 99-97, Wednesday night.

Watch the video once, and you will realize how amazing Smith's shot really was.

Not only is there just one second on the clock when Jason Kidd passes the ball in bounds, but P.J. Tucker managed to get a hand in Smith's face as well. Smith ignored the hand, contorted his body and made a breathtaking jump shot.

Sports Illustrated's Richard Deitsch had an odd take on the game-winning shot:

J.R. Smith just went Mona Lisa on a game-winner. Make sure you see the highlight.

— Richard Deitsch (@richarddeitsch) December 27, 2012

I'm not sure how to take that, but Mona Lisa just makes me think masterpiece. If that's what Deitsch was going for, then he hit the nail on the head, because Smith certainly painted a beautiful picture here.

The fact that he tied the game at 97 on the possession before makes it all the scarier.

Things like this are what makes Smith so valuable off the bench. He's long, athletic and he has a penchant for scoring because of his fearless attitude toward the game. 

Smith has never encountered a shot that he didn't like, and that notion only increases when Carmelo Anthony is out of the lineup like he was Wednesday night. He's a score-first player, and he knows what his role is at the end of games with Anthony out.

He finished the game with 27 points in just over 37 minutes. He also had six rebounds and five steals, but this is the one that everyone will remember. Smith's shot was cold-blooded, and he's a big reason why the Knicks are so dangerous moving forward in the Eastern Conference.

If you only watched the video once, watch it again. You won't see a much better shot all season.