In the debut of Tracy McGrady, Sergio Rodriguez and Eddie House, the Knicks came out strong from the beginning. They were leading by five at the half, with T-Mac already having scored 19 points. By the start of the fourth quarter, there were already chants of “We Want T-Mac”.
With one minute to go, the Knicks trailed by six. After a miraculous three pointer by Thunder forward Jeff Green which cut the Knicks lead to 3, McGrady had a two free throw attempts. Both of them went in and out, and the Knicks drama continued.
On the next posession, up by three and with a foul to give, coach Mike D’antoni made a mistake which is quite common these days for coaches to make. He did not foul the Thunder. If he were to have fouled them, it would be impossible for a three point shot to go up. Instead, he let the ball go to Durant, who subsequently hit a three.
The overtime started out with Eddie House hitting a three, something which he did it seemed at ease tonight. Up two with two minutes to go, it seemed the Knicks would escape. But poor defense proved to bring the Knicks down as the game ended. With no big man to stop the ball in the center of the floor, the Thunder took it in at will. With 30 seconds left and the Knicks down one, Eddie House hit a quick shot to bring them back up by one. But once again, Kevin Durant got free and hit what proved to be the game winning shot. After a crossover on Wilson Chandler, he was free. He shot from fifteen feet and it was pure. The Knicks got the ball back with one last chance with sixteen seconds to go, but failed to get a good shot up.
Coaching mistakes and missed free throws brought the Knicks down in a game where they really hoped to perhaps start their way back into the playoff picture. But it was not to be on this Saturday night in New York City.