May 11th 1984: Bernard King scores 44 points to defeat the Celtics and force a Game 7
The New York Knicks needed a 44 point effort from Bernard King as they withstood Larry Bird’s 35 points and defeated the Celtics 106-104. The Knicks avoided elimination and forced a pivotal Game 7 in Boston. King scored 44 on a hyper-efficient 16-25 from the field and 12-15 from the free throw line.
The Knicks had a 13 point lead midway through the 4th quarter, but Boston clawed back into the game to be down 2 with less than 30 seconds to play. The Knicks’ defense pressured the Celtics into missing several game-tying shots.
King’s effort to will the Knicks remains one of the most clutch moments in Knick playoff history.
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