Knicks 99, Suns 97: Smith's late buckets win it for Knicks

2012-12-27T00:00:00Z 2012-12-27T06:29:42Z Knicks 99, Suns 97: Smith's late buckets win it for KnicksThe Associated Press The Associated Press
December 27, 2012 12:00 am  • 

PHOENIX - Without Carmelo Anthony and Raymond Felton, the New York Knicks still had enough to eke out a 99-97 victory in Phoenix, thanks to a pair of very late, very tough jumpers by J.R. Smith.

The first was a 15-foot, fadeaway shot from just inside the key to tie it with 10.6 seconds left. The second was a 21-footer from the baseline at the buzzer.

"I don't know whatever words you want to use, but he loves that moment," Knicks guard Jason Kidd said.

The game-winner came on an inbound pass from Kidd after the Suns turned it over with a second left.

"It was premeditated," Smith said. "I was walking around the court going, 'You are going to make it, you are going to make it.'"

Jared Dudley had a career-high 36 for Phoenix, including two free throws that put the Suns ahead 97-95 with 34.5 seconds to go.

New York was without the NBA's No. 2 scorer, Anthony (hyperextended knee), and Felton (finger). Both were hurt in a Christmas day loss to the Lakers.

The Knicks said X-rays on Felton's right fifth finger revealed a fracture, and the next course of action will be determined after his return to New York.

The Suns lost Goran Dragic in the final seconds of the first half when he was undercut by Smith on a layup and fell hard to the floor. Dragic had bruises to his hip, back and wrist. Smith was called for a flagrant foul on the play.

Phoenix coach Alvin Gentry knew there was no intent to injure on Smith's part.

"J.R., he's not that kind of player," Gentry said. "He plays hard, and he competes like crazy. It was an accident. It was one of those things that happens."

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• What: Suns at Pacers

• When: 5 p.m. Friday


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