In a basketball game with 71 total made field goals, 158 field goals attempted, 39 personal fouls and 31 turnovers, it is hard to say that any single play -- or player -- wholly determined the outcome of the Heat's historic win over the Knicks.
Of course, that didn't stop people on Twitter from blaming Knicks shooting guard J.R. Smith for the team's come-from-ahead loss.
With the Knicks trailing, 97-93, with less than 30 seconds remaining, Smith threw a crosscourt pass intended for Carmelo Anthony that was anticipated by LeBron James, who swooped in for the steal and coasted for the game-icing dunk. This play provided the exclamation points to an impressive comeback and stretched the Heat's winning streak to 14 games.
After the after the buzzer sounded on the Heat's 99-93 win at Madison Square Garden, @TheRealJRSmith responded to a few of the less than complimentary messages about his performance. Although the mercurial 27-year-old finished with 13 points, 12 rebounds (tying a career high), 2 assists and 3 steals, that late turnover and a few ill-advised three-point attempts soured more than a few (but surprised none) on his contribution. Smith responded to a couple of these critics, retweets ensued.
WARNING: As is frequently the case with Smith's tweets, some of these contain adult themes and language.
So anyway off to Cleveland!
With the Knicks squandering a 16-point lead in the first half against the Heat, Smith could understand why fans were not pleased with the final score. That just didn't stop him from chirping back at those anonymously blaming him on Twitter.
While battling and retweeting the naysayers, Smith also found a few fans with supportive comments. One of those fans referenced a recent direct message of Smith's that garnered quite a bit of attention.
Whether or not the fans love him tomorrow they should follow him on Twitter.