Of all the crazy, controversial endings the Knicks and Heat have produced the best game ever they played in the 20 postseason meeting.
Rookie Anthony Carter's desperation floater from behind the backboard on the right baseline with 2.2 seconds left in overtime somehow fell in, giving the Heat a 77-76 victory and two games to one lead over the Knicks in the National Basketball Association Eastern Conference semi-finals.
The foul-plagued and low-scoring game turned to be the best and most challenging one, kept both sides tied nick-to-knick until the final whistle.
Last season, in the decisive fifth game of their first-round series with the Heat, Allan Houston's buzzer shot bounded in off the rim and the Knicks went all the way to the NBA Finals.
Patrick Ewing hit one of two free throws with 13 seconds left to give the Knicks a 76-75 lead. Miami worked around the ball on the ensuing possession and Carter got it on the right side.
Carter, playing the entire overtime, as Tim Hardaway was ineffective, drove along the baseline and faced such a tough angle that he had to launch the ball over the top corner of the background.
Rising 15 feet in air, the shot hit the front rim, bounced high to the ceiling before it fell through.
The Knicks fumbled away their final possession and the home-court advantage they had taken from the Heat by winning in Miami in Game Two -- NEW YORK (Agencies)
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