On This Date: Knicks celebrate Bernard King’s Birthday with a game-winning basket


December 4th 1984: Darrell Walker hits the game winning basket to help the Knicks win on Bernard King’s birthday

Future Knick assistant coach Darrell Walker hit the game-winning basket with 3 seconds remaining as the Knicks came back from a 15 point deficit and defeated the Denver Nuggets 100-98 in Madison Square Garden. Walker had a rough shooting night with 12 points from 4-12 from the field, but his baseline jumper was the most crucial basket for the Knicks.

With the score tied at 98 and 26 seconds remaining in the 4th, the Nuggets lost the ball in the paint and the Knicks immediately recovered and called a timeout. Coach Hubie Brown drew up a “Fist Play” on the ATO play. Initially, the Nuggets forced the Knicks to burn a 20 second timeout. However, Rory Sparrow ultimately found Walker cutting to the basket. Walker threw up the shot, which bounced off the backboard and went in the hoop for the win.

The win snapped a 3 game losing streak for the Knicks and put the team at 9-12 for the season. The team fell behind early by 15 and was behind for most of the game until they embarked on a furious comeback in the 2nd half. The victory put the Knicks at 9-12.

The victory was celebratory in nature due to Bernard King’s 28th birthday. A groin pull sidelined King for the previous 4 straight games, including this victory. This was the first time the Knicks won without King in the lineup. Before the game, King received an 8 foot birthday card signed by 1,500 fans as they entered MSG. One of those fans was our own Greg Armstrong, a lifelong Knicks fan and season ticket holder. MSG Network featured Armstrong as part of a commercial in October to commemorate 50 years of the network. He fondly reminisced on the moment, as described in the tweet above.


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