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Video: Kings’ Johnson hits game-winning three to beat Knicks

Dec 29, 2012, 8:08 AM EDT

Now that is drama.

The Knicks almost completed an amazing comeback win — down 27 in the second quarter they came all the way back to lead by two points with less than 20 seconds to play. One basket probably seals the win but DeMarcus Cousins reads the Knicks play — Jason Kidd and Tyson Chandler run a pick-and-roll and Kidd thinks he has room for the alley-oop lob but Cousins sees it and goes up and grabs the pass then outlets to initiate a break.

There is no set play for the Kings, out of the initial fast break Isaiah Thomas shows he is no Tim Duncan and misses the 8-foot bank shot from the wing.

Then the James Johnson show begins. First Johnson tips the loose ball rebound back out (announcer Mike Breen credits Cousins but it was Johnson), Thomas chases it down, starts to drive the paint, draws the defense and kicks it to John Salmons in the corner but the defense rotates so Salmons passes to Johnson who has moved out to the top of the arc and he takes the three and drains it.

Heartbreaking loss for the Knicks, who were again without Carmelo Anthony as well as Raynond Felton (and Amar’e Stoudemire) but outscored the Kings 55-35 in the second half. While they got 28 points from J.R. Smith he took 25 shots to get it.

Johnson finished with 17 for the Kings and you just saw his only three of the night.

  1. brianspider - Dec 29, 2012 at 8:50 AM

    It was actually James Johnson’s 1st three of the season. Crazy!

    • saint1997 - Dec 29, 2012 at 11:30 PM

      he was 0-11 before that shot from 3

  2. bmoreballer023 - Dec 29, 2012 at 9:18 AM

    He traveled on that but refs never call it so, if you can get away with it why not. Great shot tho

    • somekat - Dec 29, 2012 at 9:30 AM

      If you are talking about Johnson, no, he didn’t travel. You are allowed to set your feet. His right foot never leaves the floor, so it would be impossible to be called for travelling (at least rightly so)

  3. norcaldeportes - Dec 29, 2012 at 12:03 PM

    You’re down 2 and you’re best players are Isaiah Thomas (who missed bad on that easy first attempt), Demarcus Cousins, Francisco Garcia, John Salmons, and James Johnson. That’s just sad.

    • cosanostra71 - Dec 29, 2012 at 1:28 PM

      well, it worked.

  4. dysraw1 - Dec 29, 2012 at 1:22 PM

    well good for the Kings, they manage to stop such a strong come back,by a really short handed team [ no excuses]. i gotta say it says a lot about both teams make up

  5. Mr. Wright 212 - Dec 29, 2012 at 4:37 PM

    They got away with so many blatant fouls early in the game that when you couple their otherworldly shooting in the 1st half, there was no wonder they were up 27. We were up 5 with 90 seconds left, but Kidd had nightmares with turnovers, including that inbounds pass to Chandler. We don’t make excuses, but 4/5 of our starting lineup is out with injuries. Our guys never quit, and I don’t mind it, despite counting this as an automatic win going in, despite injuries.

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