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.
The Knicks couldn't maintain that lead before the break. The Pacers went on an 8-0 run over the last 3:20 of the first half, cutting the margin to 47-42 as the teams headed into the locker room. New York will need a strong performance in the second half to avoid falling into a 2-0 hole as the series shifts to Indianapolis.
(Video via The Point Forward)