How Each Knicks Starter Contributed to Improbable Game 2 Win

New York scored eight points in the final 27.1 seconds to stun the 76ers and take a 2-0 series lead.
Apr 22, 2024; New York, New York, USA;  New York Knicks guard Josh Hart (3) celebrates with
Apr 22, 2024; New York, New York, USA; New York Knicks guard Josh Hart (3) celebrates with / Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports
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In a playoff series that has been highly entertaining so far, the end of Game 2 was utter pandemonium. 76ers star Tyrese Maxey, who was listed as questionable before the game with an illness, sunk a deep three-pointer to give his team a four-point lead with just over a minute left, and it seemed like Philadelphia would tie the series.

With their backs against the wall, the Knicks tapped into the never-say-die attitude that led them to the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference. Down five points with 27 seconds remaining, the Knicks hit a three-pointer, forced a turnover on an inbounds pass, missed a go-ahead three-point attempt, got the offensive rebound, and then sunk the eventual game-winner from beyond the arc to set Madison Square Garden ablaze.

The Knicks snatched victory from the claws of defeat to take a 2-0 series lead in one of the most memorable playoff wins in franchise history, and it wouldn't have been possible without a total team effort. Every starter for the Knicks had a big moment during their 104-101 victory, so here's a look back at how they all contributed to an improbable win.

Donte DiVincenzo

The hero of Game 2, DiVincenzo hit the go-ahead three-pointer with 13 seconds left to punctuate an incredible sequence of events. DiVincenzo made the biggest shot of the game -- on his second attempt.

After the Knicks forced a turnover on the inbounds pass, Josh Hart kicked it out to DiVincenzo who had a wide-open look from deep but was off the mark. Luckily for the Knicks, Isaiah Hartenstein flew down the lane and snatched the offensive rebound. The ball then found its way to DiVincenzo again, who hit nothing but net this time to put the Knicks in front for good.

DiVincenzo's performance will mainly be remembered for his heroic shot, but he also made an equally important play moments before. Jalen Brunson had the ball late down the stretch and hit the deck while driving to the rim. The ball popped loose and if the 76ers fell on top of it, that might have been all she wrote considering they were already up five points with 36 seconds left.

With five players scrambling for the loose ball, DiVincenzo emerged from the pack and gave the Knicks a much-needed extra possession. This hustle play kickstarted New York's late rally and led to DiVincenzo hitting the eventual game-winner.