New York Knicks: 15 greatest individual performances of all-time

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Jamal Crawford, New York Knicks
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10. Jamal Crawford catches fire

Jamal Crawford has always been one of the more underrated shot makers in league history.

A wiry 6-foot-5 guy who barely crosses the 200-pound threshold, “J-Crossover” could break opponents down with his handles, pull up from just about any spot on the court or take it all the way to the bucket.

Similar to J.R. Smith, Crawford would go through some cold spells at times during a given season and even mid-game. But if his shot was falling, it became very difficult to slow him down, usually requiring multiple defenders.

There must be something about Knicks players when they match up against the Miami Heat because, in January 2007, Crawford was having one of those nights where the defensive coverage simply didn’t make any difference.

In a 116-96 victory inside Madison Square Garden, the three-time NBA Sixth Man of the Year went off for a career-high 52 points on a scorching 20-of-30 shooting, including 8-of-10 from beyond the arc.

Coming off an NBA title, Miami was no scrub team. Dwyane Wade — a terrific defender in his prime — was likely tasked with slowing down No. 11, but even he couldn’t do anything to slow down the hot streak. It was just one of those nights where all the opponent can do is tip their cap and move on.

With a career shooting percentage of 41 percent, Crawford won’t be remembered for his efficient bucket-getting abilities, but there’s an entertainment factor he brought to the table as someone you knew could explode at any minute and put up points in bunches.

Those in attendance at MSG got to witness one of his trademark games. Boy, was it worth the price of admission to watch him put the moves on anyone brave enough to challenge him.