JR Smith hits Bargnani-mode in Houston

JR Smith kept his name in the headlines on Friday night, hitting Bargnani-mode late in a two-point loss to the Houston Rockets in Texas. Having just come off a stunning win over the Spurs in San Antonio, the Knicks almost let themselves look competitive … almost.

With just 43 seconds left in this one and the score tied at 100 apiece, the Knicks used their full 24 second quota before Beno Udrih took a three from the corner. Udrih missed the shot but Tyson Chandler was able to grab the offensive rebound and flick the ball back out to Udrih, who in turn passed to a wide-open J.R. Smith.

It all seems like it’s going to end well at this point, right? With 22 seconds remaining in the game, the smart money was on New York holding the ball for the final shot.

But… Udrih passed the ball to JR Smith, didn’t he.

Smith immediately launched from beyond the arc, missed and then Udrih fouled Aaron Brooks a full court-length away from his basket. Brooks made both free throws before the Knicks squandered their final possession and New York once again found a creative way to lose.

Enjoy the train wreck below.

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And for those who want a quick-hit, enjoy another angle of the play from our mates at Got ‘Em Coach.


Never one to leave things without having the final word, Smith took to Twitter to respond to the backlash.

Well, at least he owns it.


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