Playing without the services of the injured Carmelo Anthony and Raymond Felton, even the Atlantic Division-leading New York Knicks seemed a legitimate underdog on the road against the lowly Sacramento Kings on Friday night. And with the Kings roaring out to a 71-point first half against New York on the strength of 12-18 shooting from long range, it appeared as if the lottery-destined Kings would have their day, and 10th win in 29 tries.
Then the Knicks started getting stops, the team began to line up behind Jason Kidd and J.R. Smith offensively, and nearly doubled-up the Kings in a 31-16 third quarter. With 18 seconds left in the contest the Knicks were up two and with the ball. A failed attempt at yet another Kidd-to-Tyson Chandler alley-oop was picked off by DeMarcus Cousins, and then … this happened:
We’re still not sure what to call “this,” but we do know that James Johnson hit the game-winner for Sacramento. A three-pointer that was his first made three-pointer of the season, after he missed his first 11 tries.
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Bruce Arthur of the National Post summed it up thusly:
The Sacramento Kings just beat the Knicks at the buzzer with a play that was painted by a toothless, bearded man in a lunatic asylum.
— Bruce Arthur (@bruce_arthur) December 29, 2012
Or, “two missed shots, one bad drive, one bad skip pass intercepted by the wrong guy, shot taken by a person who hasn’t hit a three-pointer in nearly eight and a half months.”
Just like Kings Keith Smart drew it up, as probably influenced by the Harlem Globetrotters.
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