On the final day of the regular season, the Knicks defeat the Pacers and advance to the playoffs on a three-way tiebreaker between them, Indiana, and Atlanta.
It marked the first of 14 consecutive playoff appearances for the Knicks.
By missing the playoffs, Indiana ended up in the lottery and jumped from 7th to 2nd to select Rik Smits. If there were tanking fans back in the day, boy, they would not have liked how that turned out.
However! The Knicks would later turn their 11th pick into Charles Oakley and Rod Strickland (drafted 19th) in a trade with Chicago.