March 5th 1992: The New York Knicks’ defense stifles the Los Angeles Clippers in MSG
When Pat Riley arrived in New York, his main goal was to bring the Detroit Bad Boys defensive culture to Madison Square Garden. The same style of basketball that stymied both the Chicago Bulls and Riley’s Lakers. Gone was the Showtime fast break styled offense trademarked in Los Angeles and in came a tough grind-it-out style of basketball personified by defense.
March 3rd 1990: Maurice Cheeks hits the go-ahead bucket to help the Knicks defeat the Bucks
Maurice Cheeks stepped up in the end of the 4th quarter to lead the Knicks to a 106-105 victory against the Milwaukee Bucks. Cheeks entered the game with 4:22 left replacing Mark Jackson, who struggled mightily from the field and on the defensive end. Cheeks hit the go-ahead basket with 39 seconds left to put the Knicks up 102-101 and clinch victory.
February 27th 2011: Chauncey Billups strikes against the Miami Heat
Mr. Big Shot1Billups struck again, this time with the Knicks, on a 91-86 nationally televised victory against the Miami Heat in Florida.
Billups scored 16 points, but it was his clutch go-ahead three over Dwyane Wade with just over a minute remaining that made the difference in the Knicks thrilling victory. On the next possession, Billups stole a pass from Chris Bosh that led to two free throws for Shawne Williams.
January 12, 1974: Red Holzman sets club record in head coaching victories
The New York Knicks defeated the Golden State Warriors 96-80. In the victory, Red Holzman set a club record with 327 regular season victories. He surpassed the record held by Joe Lapchick. Lapchick coached the Knicks for eight seasons between 1948-1956.
December 8, 1987: Bernard Kings makes his first visit to MSG as a member of the Washington Bullets
Bernard King returned to Madison Square Garden for the first time as a Washington Bullet. The Knicks got the last laugh in a 116-92 blowout victory. King came off the bench to score 19 points in 32 minutes. Continue reading →
December 3, 1990: Knicks fire Stu Jackson and hire John Macleod as head coach
The Knicks fired Stu Jackson and hired John MacLeod to take over as head coach. Jackson was an assistant on Rick Pitino’s staff dating back to his days coaching the Providence men’s basketball team. Once Pitino left the Knicks for the University of Kentucky, the Knicks hired Stu Jackson as head coach, marking him the third youngest coach in Knicks history, at the time.2Vince “Moose” Boryla (29 years old) & Carl Braun (32 years old) were younger. The NBA website seems to think Stu Jackson is the then-2nd youngest coach in NBA History for some reasonContinue reading →
November 23, 1988: Knicks utilize half-court trap and three pointers to shock the Detroit Pistons 133-111 in the Palace of Auburn Hills
The road to the championship for the Detroit Pistons, who went into the game 9-1, approached a bump in the road against Rick Pitino & the New York Knicks. The combination of aggressive half-court traps and 3-point shots stifled the Pistons, who came into the game limiting opponents to only 98.6 points per game, a mark 2nd in the league. Continue reading →
November 8th 1988: Knicks win 1st game of the regular season to officially begin the “Bomb Squad” era
After losing the first two games of the regular season on the road, the Knicks got back into control in the friendly confines of Madison Square Garden. Johnny Newman scored a then-career high 35 points in a 126-117 home victory against the Chicago Bulls in Madison Square Garden. Newman scored 35 efficiently, shooting 12-15 from the field, 2-3 from three, and 9-10 from the free throw line. Continue reading →
November 6, 1992: Knicks open 1992-1993 season with 106-94 win on the road against the Atlanta Hawks
Patrick Ewing led the Knicks with a double-double, scoring 22 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. The trio of Anthony Mason, Charles Oakley, & John Starks each scored in double figures with 15, 10, & 18 points, respectively. Continue reading →