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Sometimes the Knicks and the NBA makes Gothamist scratch its head. That's what happened during the Knicks' 105-103 victory Detroit at the Garden Friday. A team that could be bound for its third straight NBA Finals lost to a team that would be bound for the lottery had it not traded its pick away unprotected to the Chicago Bulls. With a loss to the lowly Bobcats in the rear-view mirror, the Knicks knocked off the league's best team.

Several things helped them out, but the Knicks helped themselves. In a rare moment of productivity, Jamal Crawford knocked down the game winning basket with 2 seconds remaining, the last of his 15 points in the fourth quarter. The Knicks enjoyed that quarter in part because Detroit's Rasheed Wallace and Richard Hamilton had been ejected. Gothamist doesn't want to detract from the Knicks' night by saying they won because Detroit's stars had been ejected. Still, what is most maddening about the Knicks is that they could play this well on one night and put forth such lackluster efforts against the NBA's worst.

Photo by Adam Pantozzi