The New York Knicks entered Game 2 of their Eastern Conference Semifinals series against the Indiana Pacers in need of an inspired performance after Sunday's Game 1 home loss. On at least one play Tuesday night, they got just that.
With just under 8:30 remaining in the first half, Chris Copeland launched a three-pointer from the wing that rimmed out back towards the paint. While the shot initially appeared to deflect far enough from the basket to result in a long rebound, Iman Shumpert had different ideas. Shumpert timed his jump perfectly, reached back to grab the ball with his right hand, and threw down a massive tomahawk follow-dunk in one movement. It was a massive highlight, and it also gave the Knicks a 38-26 lead.
After the jump, check out a GIF of Shumpert's incredible slam.
Although the Pacers cut that lead to 47-42 at halftime, the Knicks were able to bounce back in the second half with an overwhelming 30-2 run from 3:28 in the third quarter to 4:48 in the fourth to put the game out of reach. The Knicks ended up with a 105-79 win, with the Pacers effectively conceding the game and subbing in their bench near the midpoint of the fourth quarter. Game 3 is Saturday, which gives both teams plenty of time to think about what worked, what didn't, and what requires adjustments.
(Video via The Point Forward)
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