On This Date: Anthony Mason posts historic line off the bench

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December 5, 1992: Anthony Mason comes off the bench to post a historic statline as the Knicks beat the Milwaukee Bucks 111-98.

In 30 minutes of action, Anthony Mason became the first Knick to come off the bench and score 25 points, grab 8 or more rebounds, and shoot better than 75% from the field

Mason led the Knicks with 25 points (10-12 from the field) and 10 rebounds. Charles Smith had an all-around effort with 23 points, 8 rebounds, and 6 assists, while Patrick Ewing had 20 points and 4 blocked shots.

Amazingly, Mason stood as the only Knick to have a bench statline this good until undrafted rookie Allonzo Trier hit that mark in a November 23rd matchup against the New Orleans Pelicans. Trier scored 25 points, shooting 9-12 from the field and 3-3 from three.  He also grabbed 8 rebounds and dished out 4 assists in that game.

Trier – like Mason – was ignored in the NBA Draft and jumpstarted his career with the Knicks. While Mason had short stints with other teams and leagues, Trier made his mark in the Summer League and preseason to warrant a rotation spot with the team.

Although Trier and Mason are two completely different players, they both provided the same spark of energy to the Knicks.