In the end, it came down to Mario Hezonja against LeBron James.
And you’d never guess who won.
Hezonja, playing in his first game since Feb 13, blocked James’ potential game-winner in the final seconds of the Knicks’ thrilling victory over the Lakers on Sunday afternoon, 124-123.
After Emmanuel Mudiay’s free throws with 22.3 seconds left put the Knicks up for the first time in the fourth quarter, Hezonja picked up James full-court for the final possession.
James let the clock click down until about five seconds remained, then drove and was blocked by Hezonja as he descended on his jumper.
As a result, the Knicks (14-56) snapped an eight-game losing streak and won at the Garden for just the third time since Dec. 1.
James finished with 33 points and eight assists but missed 15 of his 26 field-goal attempts. He failed on four shots in the final 90 seconds, and his missed his last 12 total.
The Lakers fell to 31-39. Hezonja had 17 points in 36 minutes for New York. Damyean Dotson (25 points) and Mudiay (28) led the comeback.