On This Date: Knicks face Maccabi Tel Aviv again in rematch

October 18th 2009: The New York Knicks face Maccabi Tel Aviv in a rematch of their 2007 exhibition matchup

The New York Knicks hosted Maccabi Tel Aviv for a second time in 2009. Unlike their previous matchup, this one was a matinee affair. It allowed for fans in Israel to watch the game in the evening.

The Knicks easily defeated Maccabi Tel Aviv 106-91. Nate Robinson scored 19 points and David Lee had a double double with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Wilson Chandler & Al Harrigton scored 11 points each for the Knicks.

Sparks flied during the 3rd quarter when the Maccabi Tel Aviv coach Pini Gershon was ejected from the game due to 2 technical fouls. Due to the heavily Israeli fanbase in Madison Square Garden, the fans booed the ejection. Fans were chanting “Maccabi” to support the coach. It became such a serious moment that Rabbi Yitchak Dovid Grossman pleaded with the referees to keep him in the game. The bizarre moment delayed the game for more than 8 minutes.

Another interesting moment was the return of Maciej Lampe in MSG. Lampe finished with 14 points. Lampe was largely cheered when the Knicks drafted him in 2003 with the first pick of the 2nd round, but he was traded mid-season in the Stephon Marbury trade. Darko Milicic, the 2nd overall pick in that draft, didn’t play due to an upset stomach.

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