On This Date: Knicks rout Warriors in team-wide effort

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December 21, 1971: The New York Knicks rout the Golden State Warriors in an embodiment of the team-first culture

The New York Knicks routed the Golden State Warriors 113-87. All five starters scored in double figures. Walt “Clyde” Frazier led the team with 27 points, 8 rebounds, and 5 assists. Bill Bradley and Dick Barnett scored 23 and 18 points respectively.

Additionally, both Jerry Lucas & Dave DeBusschere grabbed 19 and 18 rebounds respectively. The two players combined for 37 of the team’s 63 total rebounds.  Lucas had a productive season replacing Willis Reed, who was hobbled with left knee tendinitis the entire season.

In an embodiment of the team culture, the Knicks’ starting lineup combined for 22 of the team’s 26 assists. Three players (Clyde, Lucas, DeBusschere) each had 5 assists while Bradley dished 4 assists.  

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