November 18, 1972: Knicks make history by ending game on 19-0 run to beat the Milwaukee Bucks 87-86
In one of the most memorable comebacks in NBA history, the New York Knicks scored the final 19 points of the game to beat the Milwaukee Bucks 87-86 at Madison Square Garden. The team was down by as much as 20 points and clawed back into the game in the middle of the 4th quarter. After a few key baskets by Earl Monroe and Dave DeBusschere and a few clutch defensive stops, the team was only down by 1 point with 47 seconds left in the game.
After the Bucks’ Lucius Allen missed two free throws, Earl Monroe hit the go-ahead basket to win the game.
Bob Wolff and former Knick Cal Ramsey called the game on the radio. Marv Albert called the game on television for the Knicks.
Not only was the comeback memorable, but it was noteworthy that it was against a Milwaukee Bucks roster that comprised of future hall of famers Kareem Abdul-Jabbar & Oscar Robertson. This game set the precedent for the Knicks’ style of play and it eventually led to their 2nd NBA Championship.
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