Rarely has a slam dunk that didn't involve JaVale McGee caused this kind of controversy.
The New York Knicks saw a seven-point third-quarter lead evaporate on a Roy Hibbert hook shot at the 5:24 mark of the period, then faced a two-point deficit after Indiana Pacers guard George Hill dropped a three-point bomb two minutes later.
But a driving layup from Carmelo Anthony breathed some life back into Madison Square Garden and his ferocious flush over (or through) Jeff Pendergraph on the ensuing possession brought the Knicks faithful to their feet.
As for what happened next, well, that depends on your perspective.
Raymond Felton swiped the ball away from Hill, then raced down the court for an uncontested fast break. So far, so good.
Then he spotted a trailing Kenyon Martin storming down the floor behind him, and thought why not send the crowd into a frenzy. Perhaps drawing a page out of teammate Jason Kidd's playbook, Felton tossed the ball off the glass setting up a thunderous throwdown for K-Mart:
Two more points on the scoreboard, a now five-point lead for the home team.
All good, right? Quentin Richardson and Iman Shumpert sure seemed to enjoy it.
But the Twitter world didn't quite see it that way:
Woodson can't be happy by Felton not going for the simple breakaway layup for the showtime play. Not the time, place, game.— Marc Berman (@NYPost_Berman) May 8, 2013
Time and place indeed.
Delicious dimes are fun to watch, but maybe not as much late in the third quarter of a closely contested Eastern Conference semifinal matchup:
Oh, don't like the off the backboard stuff in the playoffs. Not a good idea.— Hardwood Paroxysm (@HPbasketball) May 8, 2013
No harm no foul, though, I suppose.
A teaching point for Mike Woodson in the next film session, one that's shaping up to be quite the spectacle with the Knicks now enjoying a 27-point lead, 103-76, late in the fourth quarter.
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