Watch: Top Knicks in-game dunks
January, 4, 2013
By Jared Zwerling | ESPNNewYork.com
J.R. Smith pulled off a ridiculous reverse dunk on Thursday night, catching the ball below his waist and then cocking it back for the finish in the fourth quarter.
Here are eight other dunks that also became the talk of the town (in chronological order):
1. In Game 2 of the 1993 Eastern Conference Finals against the Bulls at the Garden, John Starks had what has become famously known as "The Dunk." He faked out B.J. Armstrong, drove down the right baseline and threw down a one-handed jam -- with his left hand -- over Michael Jordan and Horace Grant.
2. In Game 7 of the 1994 Eastern Conference Finals at the Garden, Starks drove baseline and missed the layup, but Patrick Ewing was there for the two-handed tip-in dunk, which gave the Knicks the lead to win the game, and series.
3. In one of the early games of the Knicks-Hawks second-round playoff matchup in 1999, Marcus Camby took off from about eight feet away from the basket and finished a one-handed dunk over Dikembe Mutombo. The memorable call on the play at the Georgia Dome was "How high can you fly?" The eighth-seeded Knicks won the series and eventually made it to the Finals that year.
4. In Game 5 of the 1999 Finals against the Spurs at the Garden, Latrell Sprewell had a two-handed dunk in transition over Jaren Jackson. While the Knicks ended up losing the game, and the series, Knicks fans still cherish the big moment.
5. In March 2005, against the the Celtics at the Garden, Jamal Crawford was about to pull up for a jumpshot on a breakaway, but when he realized his timing was off to release, he made a quick decision to still score. He threw the ball off the backboard to himself and finished with a two-handed dunk.
6. In November 2010, against the Wizards at the Garden, Wilson Chandler drove baseline and threw down a reverse one-handed dunk over the out-stretched arms of Javale McGee.
7. In March 2012, against the Pistons at the Garden, Smith pushed the ball on the fastbreak and then passed to Iman Shumpert for what was going to be an alley-oop finish. But the pass was a little too far away from the rim, so what did Shump do? While in mid-air, he dished the ball back to Smith to complete the rare double alley-oop play.
8. On May 3, 2012, at the Garden against the Heat in first round of the playoffs, Smith drove on LeBron James and in the paint, he performed a double-pump one-handed dunk with his body falling away from the basket.
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