James Johnson hadn’t made a single 3-pointer this season until Friday night against the Knicks, and it was perhaps the biggest shot of the year for the Sacramento Kings.
After blowing a 27-point lead in the third quarter, the Kings refused to quit and edged the Knicks 106-105 on Johnson’s buzzer beating 3-pointer in a thrilling finish.
It was an excellent first half for the Kings, who scored 71 points in the first half to take a 21-point lead into halftime.
But even without Carmelo Anthony, New York battled back, outscoring the Kings by 15 in the third quarter to put themselves within striking distance.
The fourth quarter was extremely tight, with the Knicks gaining the lead 95-94 with under six minutes to play on Jason Kidd 3-pointer.
It came down to crunch time in the final seconds, when the Knicks led 105-103 with the ball. With 15 seconds to play, DeMarcus Cousins stole a bad pass from Kidd, and back came the Kings with chance to tie or even win.
What ensued was one of the craziest, dramatic finishes you will ever see in an NBA game. Isaiah Thomas’ jumper for the tie was short, but Cousins was able to tip it out back to Thomas with plenty of time remaining. Thomas drove down the lane and dished to Tyreke Evans in the right corner. With time running down, Evans was tightly guarded and could not get a shot off. So he threw a pass that was nearly stolen, but caught by Johnson at the top of the arc, who nailed his first three pointer of the season as time expired.
We’ll have a full postgame recap, analysis, and quotes a bit later.