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J.R. Smith hits the step-back jumper at the buzzer to help Knicks beat Bobcats (VIDEO)

Dec 5, 2012, 10:23 PM EDT

The last few possessions of this game were pretty crazy, so it’s only fitting that things ended on a shot like this.

The Knicks beat the Bobcats on Wednesday in a game that was closer than expected, likely due to the fact that it was a look-ahead contest for them with a nationally televised game against the Heat in Miami on the horizon Thursday night.

But New York managed to keep it close enough to have a shot, and the youth and inexperience of the Bobcats ended up being their downfall in the game’s closing minutes.

And yes, there was this shot from J.R. Smith — a brilliant step-back jumper over the outstretched arm of Michael Kidd-Gilchrist that hit nothing but net as time expired.

Charlotte had its chances, with possession of the ball in a tie game with under a minute to play. Ben Gordon turned it over on a traveling violation up top, and then after Raymond Felton missed a jumper, Kidd-Gilchrist threw a brutal pass that was semi-cross court, and that had no chance of being received by his teammate.

Smith deflected it into Felton’s hands, and after Felton passed up a chance to go to the basket in a two-on-one situation, he kicked it out to Smith, and it was comic relief time as he couldn’t decide what to do next.

Smith first dribbled out toward the time line to reset the play, but with precious seconds ticking away, Jason Kidd nearly tackled the referee in calling for timeout before disaster struck, and the opportunity to win in regulation was lost.

Smith was able to compose himself once play resumed, and this beautiful game-winner was the result.

  1. Mr. Wright 212 - Dec 5, 2012 at 10:26 PM

    Absolutely lovely. And after a brutal stretch where he missed about 6-7 straight. But great steal, GREAT BLOCK, great ball denial on the 5 second call on Charlotte, and the loveliest shot in basketball, THE STEP BACK to win it.

  2. badintent - Dec 5, 2012 at 11:14 PM

    @Brett Pollakoff
    And best of all , we have you writing this story , instead of Laker homer Kurt and his lap dogs lakerwhatevernameweusetoday. nice

  3. fm31970 - Dec 6, 2012 at 12:14 AM

    J.R. Smith is the Tupac of the NBA. Brash, bold, always entertaining, but he knows how to step up and shine in the big moments…just wish he would tweet more. LOL!

  4. dko83 - Dec 6, 2012 at 12:32 AM

    This guy has drastically improved. I think it was on PBT (maybe not) where I read he gets to sleep earlier/parties less. This year is the best I’ve seen him so that has to have something to do with it. Bobcats nothing to be ashamed of. You finally made a great draft choice (MKG, regardless of his head scratcher pass), and you are on the upswing. Good to see the perennially shallow East improving. As for Knicks fans, you guys have to be overjoyed. What a shocker of a season they played so far, great team.

  5. limonadamas - Dec 6, 2012 at 2:26 AM

    That was fantastic defense… but there’s no defense against that. wow…

  6. nbascreed - Dec 6, 2012 at 3:35 AM

    I’ve argued that this guy is maybe too maligned for his antics and attitude (especially in Denver) and on the court is approaching a Top 5 2G in my book. I list my Top 5 below and remember Smith has never been featured like any of these guys (maybe for good reason). I would be interested to see others’ thoughts on JR, he’s really athletic, has B grade handle and has THE most important skill in hoops…scoring.

    ktgotgame.com

    1. Kobe
    2. Harden
    3. Wade
    4. Joe Johnson
    5. Manu

    gordon, smith, ellis…after which there is considerable drop off.

    • borderline1988 - Dec 6, 2012 at 1:38 PM

      Smith is nowhere near those guys, even Gordon and Ellis.

      JR Smith plays no defense whatsoever. He’s extremely streaky, doesn’t play within the flow of an offense, is completely unreliable, is a bad teammate, doesn’t drive hard to the rim (he likes fancier layup or floater moves while avoiding contact)..the list goes on and on.

      True, he does have a considerable amount of basketball skill. But you have to judge the whole package (or go by statistics, where JR Smith doesn’t shine nearly as much as Gordon or even Monta). You can’t go by potential or skills while alone on a basketball court.

      Smith is a guy who comes off the bench, and once in 5 games will get hot and help you win. Don’t get caught up just because he hit one shot!

      Monta Ellis and Eric Gordon are far, far better players than JR Smith is. If you’re talking about shooting guards, I’d take Demar Derozan, Ray Allen, Iguadala, OJ Mayo, Jason Terry, Kevin Martin, Paul George, and others before JR Smith.
      If you like flash and bling, he’s you’re guy. If you want a winning basketball player, he’s not.

  7. Foul Dwimmerlaik - Dec 6, 2012 at 6:00 AM

    That look in JR’s face after the shot says it all.

    Love it!

  8. fanofevilempire - Dec 6, 2012 at 6:50 AM

    I have to tell the Knicks look like a nice little team…………………..
    maybe the lights can stay on for along time @the mecca in June…………….
    Woody is a real good coach, I love how he get’s in the fellas face…………….
    they may lose tonight,especially after the heat was beat by the Wizzies…………

    as uncle Si(duck dynasty) would say, ” HEY “

  9. nokoolaidcowboy - Dec 6, 2012 at 6:58 AM

    Can’t be a basketball fan and not think was nice!

  10. dysraw1 - Dec 6, 2012 at 12:32 PM

    JR. was mr. big shot last night, but tonight is time for him to shine, he has to put it on Wade. that would be a welcome change. and could be key to a win

  11. yousuxxors - Dec 6, 2012 at 3:06 PM

    Denver smith i agree with you but knicks smith is different … Woodson his bastard dad has got him playing his best bball ever. Great defense, playimg in offense, passing and only taking two dumb shots a game. I wouldnt put him near top 10 yet but hes playing great. Shit hes second best of team … Shump is better.

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