Video of New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony hitting the game-winning jump shot to defeat the Memphis Grizzlies. Posted by Ben Golliver.
This, right here, makes all those months of trade rumors worth it. Sort of.
New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony, who was acquired from the Denver Nuggets in a pre-deadline trade, made his biggest splash yet in a Knicks uniform when he sent the Memphis Grizzlies home on Wednesday night by nailing a game-winning jump shot with less than a second to play.
The Knicks began the final possession with the game tied at 108 with under 10 seconds to play in regulation. New York inititated the possession by feeding Anthony on the left side of the court; Knicks forward Amar'e Stoudemire flashed towards the ball like he was looking for a pick and roll but later retreated to the block to allow Anthony to work one-on-one against the undersized Tony Allen.
After turning to face, Anthony jab-stepped with his right foot before taking an escape dribble to his left, pulling up and shooting over Allen's solid contest. Anthony's jumper hit nothing but net and, after it went in, he looked at the Grizzlies bench as he jogged back to his team's huddle. The basket provided the winning margin, 110-108.
After the game, Newsday reported the following details regarding Anthony's exchange with the Grizzlies bench that followed the game winner: "Asked Carmelo about the trash talking at the end. Memphis players yelled "That ---- is off!" on his game-winner. His reply, "I DO this!"
Here's video of the play courtesy of YouTube user nbafufu.
Anthony led all scorers with 31 points. He also added five rebounds, six assits, and one steal in 40 minutes. Stoudemire chipped in 26 points, six rebounds, three assists and two steals.
With the win, the Knicks improved to 34-29. The loss dropped the Grizzlies to 36-30.