The Hawks outlasted the Knicks, 142-139, in an epic quadruple-overtime thriller at Philips Arena Sunday, only the 11th game in NBA history that has gone at least four overtimes.
Had Carmelo Anthony not fouled out in the second overtime, the game might still be going on.
Anthony extended the game twice, with a driving layup to tie it with 2.6 seconds remaining in regulation and again with an 18-foot jumper with 6.9 seconds left in the first OT.
Anthony, who the Knicks seem desperate to trade, dropped a season-high 45 points on 18-of-36 shooting, but his stellar offensive performance wasn’t enough to overcome what Paul Millsap did for the Hawks.
The would-be East dynasty in Cleveland appears ready to join the list of great teams that crumbled before their time. First, there was the bizarre handling of David Griffin and the front office by owner Dan Gilbert, and now, there is the ego of Kyrie Irving tugging the already frayed fabric of this bunch apart. Irving, tired of playing second fiddle to James in Cleveland, wants to be Online Cheap Jerseys traded somewhere where he can be “The Man.”
The caveat, of course, is that Irving had that role once with the Cavaliers, before the arrival of James. He was younger then, just 19-21, but things did not go well: Cleveland was 78-152 in three years with Irving as the leader. Irving averaged a career-best 25.2 points per game last year, an NFL Cheap Jerseys Nike indication he is more ready to take on a lead-player role, but his desire now to put personal glory over the chance to get back to the NBA Finals one more time raises questions about how seriously he takes winning.