Fans expected a Carmelo Anthony vs Kobe Bryant matchup at the end of the game, but Jose Calderon at the right spot made the game winning shot.
It was kind of a weird situation,” Calderon said after his only 3 of the game according to Yahoo Sports. ”The play was supposed to go to Melo, but he couldn’t get free. I grabbed the ball and there weren’t too many options out there, so I kind of got open for a minute and that was it. Sometimes when you’re struggling a little bit, you make that important one.
The New York Knicks squeeze out a 90-87 win in the final seconds on the 4th quarter, ruining Bryant’s final moment on having the last laugh. It was a back and forth game after starting out slow for both teams. Knicks had control going into the 3rd quarter up by 16, but the Lakers bench closed the gap.
They took the lead in the 4th up by five and the Knicks respond with Anthony making clutch shot after clutch shot, finishing the game with 26 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists. Bryant only had 14 points in his 29th final matchup against Anthony. It was much more than basketball between both of them despite their final meeting.
It was a very emotional situation, from the standpoint of competing against one of the greats, a friend and brother, for the last time,” Anthony said. ”This isn’t just a basketball relationship. I mean, basketball brought us together, but this goes way beyond the court and we’ve taken it to another level.
The Knicks currently are 28-40, playing games to gain more experience as oppose to making the playoffs. Lakers the same, but have a 1st round draft pick to be set for the future of the franchise. Bryant is retiring at the end of the season. Anthony still has a few years left on hoping for a championship in New York once his career is over.