J.R. Smith’s 18-foot jump shot at the buzzer gave the New York Knicks a 100-98 win over the Charlotte Bobcats.
The Knicks improved to 13-4, the best in the National Basketball Association’s Eastern Conference, with their fourth straight win.
Trailing 98-92 with three minutes, 31 seconds to play at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina, the Knicks rallied as Raymond Felton, Carmelo Anthony and Smith scored the last eight points of the contest.
Anthony scored all but three of his 23 points in the first half, Tyson Chandler added 18 and grabbed 17 rebounds, and Felton tallied 17 points for the Knicks.
Anthony left the game with 2:10 to play when he cut his hand chasing a loose ball into the Knicks’ bench. Coach Mike Woodson said Anthony needed five stitches in the middle finger of his left hand.
“I was hurt, but J.R. made it feel better,” Anthony told reporters.
Kemba Walker led the Bobcats (7-10) with 25 points and 11 assists followed by reserves Gerald Henderson with 18 points and Ben Gordon with 17.