I know that everyone who predicted the winner of this game most probably went with the Knicks because the Kings were truly struggling this season. However, with superstar Carmelo Anthony and starting point guard Raymond Felton out, someone needed to step up. The starting lineup for the Knicks in that game was Jason Kidd, Ronnie Brewer, James White, Kurt Thomas, and Tyson Chandler. I thought this lineup was going kill the Kings lineup, but I was all wrong.
The Kings started out beating the Knicks on every play and possession. Then the most embarrassing play of the whole game happened, but sadly it was not in the Knicks favor. Chris Copeland drove in to the basket very slowly and tried to bank it off the backboard and in to get 2 easy points. Then, when he placed it off the backboard 6 foot guard Aaron Brooks swatted it off the backboard for a rejection. He fell out of bounds, but saved the ball. Chuck Hayes got it and passed it to Jimmer Fredette for 3 and they got it in. Mike Woodson was not very happy at Copeland after that.
The Kings looked like they had it in the bag pulling off a 27 point lead in one part of the first half. However, Jason Kidd hit a buzzer beater at the end of the half to symbolize that a comeback would happen. And it did. J.R Smith was going insane with his jumpers and layups. Tyson Chandler got 21 points and 18 rebounds which is very impressive. Jason Kidd was great too. Then the 4th quarter was going down to the wire and the clock was ticking down 4 minutes, 3 minutes, 2 minutes, and kept going. Jason Kidd hit a 3 pointer to give us the lead 103-101. Chris Copeland then hit a jump shot making the score 105-101. Isaiah Thomas on the Kings hit a big shot to make to score 105-103, Knicks are winning. Then, Kidd tried an alley-oop to Chandler but it was stolen by Cousins. He passed it to Isaiah Thomas who took a clean jump shot but badly missed. James Johnson got the rebound and tried to power up a shot but that was an epic fail. He got the rebound again and passed it to John Salmons in the corner with 3 seconds to go. Salmons saw James Johnson, who was the one who kept getting the rebound, and passed it to him. The Kings did not want to take a 3 pointer during that possession, but with 1 second left, James Johnson had no choice.
Now, James Johnson before this shot was 0 for 11 on the season from downtown, but when he took the shot and the buzzer rang, the only 2 things you could here were the crowd cheering and the ball spiraling into the net. The Kings won the game 106-105.
It was truly a lucky shot. Now, I, myself, cannot call this a true loss for the Knicks. I mean, Carmelo Anthony and Raymond Felton were both out and we only lost by one point. It just shows how good of a team we are. I guarantee that if Carmelo had played in that game we definitely would have won, possibly even destroyed them.
My name is Mike V. I am an enormous basketball fan. I also am a die-hard Knicks fan. After graduating 5th grade, I started writing this blog at the age of 10 in the summer of 2012.