J.R. Smith's Top 5 Games of the First Half

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4. Buzzer Beater No. 1 in Charlotte


December 5, 2012: Knicks 100,  Bobcats 98

His overall numbers weren't pretty -- 13 points on 6-of-16 from the field, including 1-of-9 from beyond the arc -- but that just made the way J.R. finished this game all the more beautiful.

With the score tied at 98, Smith secured a huge steal and dribbled up the court before the Knicks called timeout with just 3.4 seconds to go. Carmelo Anthony wasn’t available (he had hurt his finger diving into the stands earlier in the game), but his right-hand man was ready to take center stage; Smith caught the inbounds pass, took three dribbles to his left, and launched a well-defended, signature step-back jumper that splashed the net at the buzzer, giving the Knicks the 100-98 victory.

He then proceeded to honor his good friend, New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz, by dancing a celebratory salsa at the Bobcats' midcourt.

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