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Best Game Ever: Jamal Crawford’s lights-out night at MSG

Best Game Ever: Jamal Crawford’s lights-out night at MSG
Jamal Crawford, driving around Heat center Udonis Haslem, scored 52 points for the Knicks during this game on Jan. 26, 2007. (Julie Jacobson / Associated Press)

Dan Woike asked NBA players to tell us about the best game in their basketball career. This week: Jamal Crawford.

Jan. 26, 2007: Knicks 116, Heat 96

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The three-time sixth man of the year used to pack gyms in Seattle as a high schooler and he’s put on some legendary performances in the city’s summer league, which he now runs. But Jamal Crawford says his best game ever came in New York City on one of basketball’s most historic stages, Madison Square Garden.

“There was a game I had 118 points, but that’s not it. Only a few people were there. My best game was at MSG against [Dwyane] Wade. I had 52 and missed my first four shots and scored 42 straight points without a miss — and I came out with seven minutes to go. If the game was a little closer, I would’ve easily had 65. It was the hottest night of my life. You don’t even see the basket. You just want space. You’re not even looking where you are at on the court. I hit 16 straight shots and eight of those shots were threes. And this [Miami] team had just won a championship. I could’ve easily had 65 without even changing anything. It was the hottest I’ve been in my life. Every 20 seconds, it felt like, I was scoring.”

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