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.