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J.R. Smith borrows Victor Cruz's salsa dance

J.R. Smith reacts after shooting the game-winning shot

J.R. Smith reacts after shooting the game-winning shot as time expires to defeat the Charlotte Bobcats, 100-98, in a game at Time Warner Cable Arena. (Dec. 5, 2012) Credit: Getty

The salsa is spreading.

On Wednesday night, J.R. Smith of the Knicks hit the game-winning shot at the buzzer and celebrated by doing the same dance that Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz has become famous for performing after touchdowns.

Smith and Cruz are good friends and even played AAU basketball together when they were in high school. So of course Cruz was watching the game. And when he saw Smith swinging his hips, he knew what was coming next.

“I was waiting for my phone to blow up,” Cruz said on Thursday from the Giants’ locker room, “and literally four seconds after that my phone started going crazy.”

One of those buzzes was from Smith, who called Cruz later in the evening as the Knicks were boarding their plane (Cruz had texted him almost immediately after the game-winner). One of the things they discussed was the dance and Smith asked Cruz for a critique.

“We’ve got to go to the drawing board a little bit,” Cruz said on Thursday. “It was a little stiff at the end, but we'll get that squared away.”

Below is the video of the game-winning shot, and the salsa dance comes in at around the 1:23 mark.

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