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J.R. Smith has monster night... until the shot that matters most (VIDEO)

New York Knicks' guard J.R. Smith misses a shot over Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook at end of fourth quarter of their NBA basketball game in New York

New York Knicks’ guard J.R. Smith (R) misses a shot over Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook at the buzzer at the end of the fourth quarter that would have won the NBA basketball game for the Knicks in New York March 7, 2013. The Thunder won the game 95-94. REUTERS/Mike Segar (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)

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With Carmelo Anthony out, the Knicks needed points — enter J.R. Smith. The veteran swingman was firing away and hitting difficult, contested shots all night long. Smith ended the night with 36 points on 14-of-29 shooting.

But with the game on the line Knicks coach Mike Woodson called Smith’s number and he took one of those difficult, contested shots again. And the Thunder got the win. The lesson here, kids, is you don’t want to live by the low-percentage shot attempt.