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J.R. Smith hits the game-winner to give shorthanded Knicks win over Suns (VIDEO)

Dec 27, 2012, 12:22 AM EDT

Say what you want about J.R. Smith. The man simply gets buckets.

The Knicks were down two starters in Phoenix on Wednesday, playing without Carmelo Anthony due to soreness in his left knee, and Raymond Felton due to a sprained pinky finger on his shooting hand.

Both injuries were sustained in New York’s loss to the Lakers on Christmas day, but the team was able to recover the very next night on the road thanks to Smith’s heroics.

With the game tied and just one second on the clock, Smith caught a pass from Jason Kidd who was inbounding, and turned and fired an acrobatic, fading jumper over the outstretched arm of P.J. Tucker that somehow went down, and gave his Knicks the 99-97 victory.

Smith finished 11-of-27 from the field for 27 points, to go along with six rebounds, five assists, and five steals.

He also took out Suns starting point guard Goran Dragic with this flagrant foul near the end of the first half, but Smith’s 10-point final period and clutch shooting down the stretch likely had more to do with the game’s ultimate result.

  1. gd200799 - Dec 27, 2012 at 1:37 AM

    Those last two shots were just absolutely incredible. The degree of difficulty on both was tremendous. Just WOW

  2. Mr. Wright 212 - Dec 27, 2012 at 2:07 AM

    JR is the best bad-shot maker in the league and it’s not close. I literally called for a JR game winner the minute Telfair stepped out of bounds. No joke. The shot before the game winner was just as tough.

  3. nbascreed - Dec 27, 2012 at 5:06 AM

    I know he’s much maligned but can anyone name 5 better 2 guards in the league this year than JR Smith? I say no….

  4. fanofevilempire - Dec 27, 2012 at 7:05 AM

    I loved to watch JR, he has a non stop motor and is always moving and not just a shooter either.

  5. fanofevilempire - Dec 27, 2012 at 7:09 AM

    Woody has done a good job with JR and building him up as a player and has confidence too.
    Knicks looked good again while short handed.
    We had a lot of injuries so far, especially Melo.
    Be careful fellas.

  6. football58 - Dec 27, 2012 at 8:57 AM

    What a tough shot. Love watching Jr Swish!

  7. zerole00 - Dec 27, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    Wow that was an amazing shot. He slipped on the way in getting into position, had almost no time to even face the basket (pretty much shot it in motion), and had to shoot it from an awkward stance. Luck or not it was a good shot.

  8. lemfaxx - Dec 27, 2012 at 1:34 PM

    That’s simply amazing!

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