Mar 30, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; New York Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (5) reacts against the Golden State Warriors in the fourth quarter at Oracle Arena. The Knicks won 89-84. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

New York Knicks' Tim Hardaway, Jr. beats the buzzer (video)

With the New York Knicks entering Wednesday night trailing the Atlanta Hawks by one game for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference and only seven games left to play in the season, every game becomes even more important.

Every break or bounce that can go your way could now become the difference between making the postseason or preparing for the draft lottery (or in the Knicks’ case, watching the Denver Nuggets or more likely, the Orlando Magic, make your lottery pick in the 2014 Draft).

That’s why Tim Hardaway, Jr.’s buzzer beater was a huge for the Knicks.

With the Knicks leading the rival Brooklyn Nets by six with time in the first quarter running down, the Knicks forced Deron Williams to turn the ball over. J.R. Smith gets the ball in transition and finds Tim Hardaway, Jr. Hardaway, Jr. buries a corner three-pointer to push the lead to 29-20 as the buzzer sounds in the first quarter.

Hardaway is having a fine rookie season, averaging 10.1 points and 1.6 rebounds per game.

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