On This Date: Patrick Ewing scores 43 to withstand Dominique Wilkins and the Atlanta Hawks in Double Overtime

December 7, 1991:  Patrick Ewing & Dominique Wilkins face off in a head-to-head matchup, but Ewing comes out victorious in a 137-128 thriller in double OT

December 7th 1991 marked a head-to-head duel between two of the top scoring phenoms in the league: Patrick Ewing & Dominique Wilkins. Ewing dominated inside the paint with a variety of low post moves and a reliable midrange shot. Dominique dominated the game with an array of dunks, spin moves, and midrange jumpshots.

On this date, both players combined for 95 points in the Knicks double overtime thriller. Ewing scored 43 points with 14 rebounds, 2 steals, and 2 blocks on 55% shooting. Dominique scored 52 points shooting 57% from the field and 16-18 from the free throw stripe.

Additionally, Dominique’s younger brother Gerald Wilkins scored 26 points on 11-18 from the field to complement Ewing. Despite scoring exactly 1/2 the amount of points, the younger Wilkins came out victorious.

Unlike previous seasons, the Knicks showed an ability to persevere and mount timely comebacks. The team was down by 10 with 5 1/2 minutes left in the 4th quarter and were able to tie the game and send it to overtime.  The victory was equally impressive as it came off the 2nd game in a road back-to-back, of which the team lost the first game 103-92 to the Boston Celtics.

The victory put the Knicks at a record of 11-6.  The game was also their 3rd comeback victory of the season.

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