Eighth Place Is Good for Nostalgia but Little Else

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As the final seconds of overtime ticked away, as Tyson Chandler twice saved the misfiring Knicks on the offensive glass, as the ball found its way into Carmelo Anthony’s hands on the far right wing, the thought had to occur to the returning Larry Johnson sitting at courtside and anyone else who was in the building on a particular tension-filled night in June 1999.

 

If only in the dramatic sense, it was an L. J. sort of Madison Square Garden party, regular-season style.

 

After sending the game to overtime with a tying 3-pointer over Taj Gibson, Carmelo Anthony won it with 8.2 seconds left on a 25-foot pull-up 3 over Luol Deng.

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Eighth Place Is Good for Nostalgia but Little Else