November 24th 1984: Bernard King scores 52 to defeat the Indiana Pacers
Before the days of Reggie Miller, Mark Jackson, the Davis duo, and Rik Smits, the Knicks & Pacers had drama-free games. For most of the 1980s, the Pacers mired themselves in the bottom of the standings while the Knicks made the playoffs for several seasons.
In this matchup, King scored 52 points, which marked a then-career high for him, along with 7 rebounds and 7 assists to defeat the Pacers 119-100. He scored 52 points on 19-31 FGs and was 14-17 from the free throw stripe. This was the first of three 50 point games for him that season, including a 55-point effort the following February and a legendary 60-point outburst on Christmas day.
King forever remains one of the greatest scorers in NBA history. He possessed an uncanny explosiveness to drive to the rim, get to the foul line1 and punished defenders with a deadly midrange shot. King was also able to do this with extreme proficiency, averaging more than 53% from the field during his Knicks tenure.
Even though King suffered a devastating ACL injury later in the season, his 1984-85 season – along with his Knicks tenure – was one of the greatest offensive performances seen in Knicks history.
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