Where were you when Josh Hart pulled off an epic NBA street ball move? On what was an otherwise disappointing night for the New York Knicks in a 114-98 loss to the Celtics, Hart had the play of the game in the third quarter.
Hart started in his third game of the season, with RJ Barrett being a late scratch due to a migraine. He played decently, shooting 3-of-6 from deep for 15 points with seven rebounds. Hart made a few costly mistakes in the second half but gave himself an assist on a corner three.
With a little less than nine minutes to play, Jalen Brunson passed the ball to Hart in the corner. He went up for the shoot with Jrue Holiday flying in, prompting Hart to throw the ball off Holiday’s back as he landed on one foot before going up for the shot again.
Josh Hart pulls off amazing NBA street ball move in loss to Celtics
Josh Hart couldn’t have pulled that play off any better if he tried. Should he have been credited for the assist or Jrue Holiday? Hart technically passed the ball to himself, but he used Holiday’s body to get the ball back. Instead, it went down as a non-assist.
When a ball is going out of bounds, players will try to throw it off the body of an opposing player so their team won’t lose possession. Hart took that strategy to a different level to create an open look for himself. He also made one of the best defenders in the league look silly (whom the Knicks could’ve traded for over the offseason).
Unfortunately, Hart won’t look back on the shot with fond memories as it happened in a loss to a hated rival.
The Celtics got the last laugh as they snapped the Knicks’ three-game winning streak. New York dominated Boston in the second half of the season in 2022-23, but to start 2023-24, the Celtics are 2-0 over the Knicks.
New York will have to wait three months to get revenge on Boston as the two teams won’t play against one another again until Feb. 24.