Video: Knicks' Smith hits game-winning buzzer-beater to top Suns
By Ben Golliver
Wednesday was a busy night for J.R. Smith.
The Knicks guard caught the attention of referees just before halftime with a sneaky flagrant foul against Suns guard Goran Dragic. But before the night was over, Smith would rewrite those headlines with a walk-off game-winner.
With the Knicks and Suns tied at 97 with one second on the clock, Jason Kidd inbounded the ball to Smith from the sideline. After using a Tyson Chandler screen to try to free himself from P.J. Tucker, Smith stumbled and nearly fell before collecting himself to launch a fall-away, off-balance jumper at the buzzer. The shot, from just inside the three-point line in the left corner, gave the Knicks a 99-97 road win.
The shot marked Smith's second game-winner of the month. He beat the Bobcats in Charlotte with a jumper on Dec. 5.
Smith finished with a team-high 27 points, six rebounds, five assists and five steals on 11-for-27 shooting in 37 minutes. Kidd added 23 points, eight assists and and six rebounds. Jared Dudley led the Suns with 36 points, five rebounds and three assists. Video via YouTube user OUOutreach and EyeOnBasketball