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Knicks win 12th straight, 125-120 over Thunder

Monday - 4/8/2013, 12:20pm  ET

New York Knicks center Tyson Chandler (6) reaches for the ball after it was knocked away by Oklahoma City Thunder guard Thabo Sefolosha, right, in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City Sunday April 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

JEFF LATZKE
AP Sports Writer

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Driving to the basket in crunch time, Raymond Felton slipped to the floor and lost the basketball in the process. All he could do was lunge back at it and bat it toward J.R. Smith as the shot clock ticked closer to zero.

For the second straight possession, Smith beat the buzzer -- this time with a 3-pointer -- and the Knicks closed out a 125-120 victory against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday.

"He makes plays like that. He makes tough shots. Sometimes I think he likes to take the tougher shot than the easier shot. They still go in," said teammate Carmelo Anthony, who had 36 points and 12 rebounds while moving ahead of Kevin Durant to become the NBA's top scorer.

"That shot, it was a nail in the coffin."

Smith finished with 22 points, including the two biggest shots of the game. He connected on a 23-foot jumper from the right wing as the 24-second clock expired to put New York up 117-113 with 1:30 to play, then swished a 3-pointer with 56.8 seconds left that all but sealed New York's 50th win of the season.

"It was just a freak accident, a great play," Felton said. "I slipped, knocked the ball to him and he did the rest. He knocked down the big shot."

The victory was the Knicks' 12th in a row and put them at 50 wins for the first time in 13 years. They also moved 2
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