November 28, 1969: Knicks win 18th straight game with historic comeback against the Cincinnati Royals
The New York Knicks mounted an epic comeback to win their 18th consecutive game, a team record that still stands as of today.
Down 105-102 with less than 16 seconds remaining in the game, Dave DeBusschere stole the inbounds pass for a breakaway dunk. Down 1, the Knicks ran a tough halfcourt trap and Walt “Clyde” Frazier stole the ball with less than 10 seconds to go. Frazier missed the shot attempt, but was able to grab an offensive rebound and drew a foul with 2 seconds remaining. The Royals attempted to ice Frazier by calling a timeout before taking both FTs. However, Frazier hit both FTs to take the lead. Willis Reed stole the inbounds pass and the Knicks came out of the game as victors.
As an embodiment of the teamwork that permeated the roster, 5 Knicks scored in double figures. Frazier led the team with 27 points and Willis Reed scored 19 points.
It’ll be a long time before another Knicks team eclipses the 18 game winning streak set by the 1969-70 championship team.