The Knicks finally breakthrough and dethrone the first three-peat Bulls with an 87-77 Game 7 victory to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals. After a scoreless first half, Patrick Ewing added 18 points to an overall strong game of 17 rebounds and 6 assists.
A moment burned into Knicks fans’ hearts: Patrick Ewing misses a bunny in the closing seconds of Game 7 to allow Indiana to hold off the Knicks’ 3-1 series comeback attempt and advance to the Eastern Conference Finals with a 97-95 win over New York.
Despite playing in only 50 games due to injury, Patrick Ewing is named NBA Rookie of the Year after averaging 20 points, 9 rebounds and 2 blocks over 35 minutes per game.
Patrick Ewing’s jumper with 1.8 seconds to play temporarily saves the Knicks season and forces a Game 6 back in Indiana.
Knicks fans held their collective breath when Reggie Miller hoisted a prayer three after Ewing made his shot. Once Miller missed, the Knicks won, and their 3-1 series deficit was reduced to 3-2 in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.
Other lottery nostalgia, going back to the very first drawing and its infamous conspiracy theory: Steve Mills, the current Knicks president, worked for the league in the 1980s and 1990s, and said Tuesday that he set up the room where the so-called “frozen envelope” drawing happened (granting the Knicks the right to draft Patrick Ewing). A half-decade later, the league switched from envelopes to ping-pong balls. Mills and Joel Litvin, the NBA’s former president of league operations, were in charge of testing out the new balls, they both recalled.
They started by numbering them. Some teams complained that balls with double-digit numbers would weigh more, perhaps impacting the odds somehow. Mills and Litvin switched to team logos. Teams objected that a logo-based system might bring the same issue. Never let a team executive tell you fans are nuttier about conspiracy theories than they are.
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The New York Knicks win the NBA’s first ever draft lottery, earning the right to select Patrick Ewing.
Knicks survive a 46-point effort by Michael Jordan to defeat the Bulls 102-99 in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.
Jordan scored eight of his 46 points over the game’s final 77 seconds to force overtime, where the Knicks were able to gut out the win. Patrick Ewing finished with 22 points, 13 rebounds, and 3 blocked shots.
Patrick Ewing plays his first home game since injuring his wrist back in December and leads the Knicks to a Game 3 victory.
Ewing scored a team-high 19 points and the Knicks’ bench outscored the Pacers’ bench, 37-14, en route to the win. The Knicks cut the series deficit to 2-1.
The Knicks complete one of the most stunning series comebacks in NBA history, overcoming an 0-2 series deficit, and defeating the Celtics 121-114 in Game 5 of their 1990 First Round series.
After allowing a record 157 points in their Game 2 loss which put them two games down in the best-of-five series, it seemed as if the Knicks were left for dead. They then won Games 3 and 4 in New York to force a decisive Game 5 in Boston.
New York had lost 26 consecutive games in Boston Garden dating back to 1984, before winning this historic game.
Patrick Ewing led the way with 31 points, eight rebounds, 10 assists, and made only his second career three-pointer to help seal the victory, a play that will forever stay in Knicks (and Celtics) fans minds.
Only two teams (Fort Wayne Pistons 1956 and Golden State Warriors 1987) had previously rallied from an 0-2 deficit to win a best-of-five playoff series.
The Knicks defeat the Bulls 94-89 in Game 1 of the 1992 Eastern Conference Semifinals.
The win snapped a 14-game losing streak against Chicago and a 17-game drought at Chicago Stadium dating back to 1987.
Patrick Ewing scored 34 points, including 28 points in the second half.
Patrick Ewing leads the Knicks with 44 points, 13 rebounds, 7 steals, 3 assists, and 2 blocked shots to a 135-108 victory over the Celtics in Game 4 of the 1990 First Round playoff series.
After starting in an 0-2 hole, the win forced a decisive Game 5 back in Boston.
It appears it wasn’t a serious gesture, but it’s interesting to note that the Knicks reached out to Patrick Ewing during their coaching search.
Some could argue it’s window dressing, although if that was the case, you would think Perry + Mills would leak that information to a friendly source, instead of it coming from Isola.
Even Patrick Ewing was called because the Knicks wanted to cover all their bases. It was a quick phone conversation and nothing else.
Knicks defeat the Pistons 94-87 in a decisive Game 5 of the 1992 First Round playoff series.
Patrick Ewing led the way with 31 points and 19 rebounds, outdueling Isiah Thomas who scored 31 and grabbed 10 rebounds of his own. The Knicks advanced to meet the Chicago Bulls in the second round.
“There was a lot of doubt in people’s minds about whether we could do it or not,” Ewing said after the game. “But we showed that we have what it takes, that we weren’t going to give up. I haven’t felt this good in a long time.”
The Knicks beat New Jersey 90-81 in Game 2 of the 1994 Quarterfinals, despite Patrick Ewing being ejected in the first half.
Ewing was tossed with 5 minutes and 21 seconds remaining in the first half after a collision with Derrick Coleman. Ewing and Coleman jostled into double technicals, and since Ewing already had one technical from earlier in the game, he was ejected.
The refs seemed to be calling the game extra tight after a brawl had broken out the previous night between Atlanta and Miami.
Patrick Ewing leads Knicks to Game 3 victory in Detroit.
Patrick Ewing scored 32 points, including the Knicks’ final 8 points in regulation and 4 points in overtime. Ewing tied the game with 13 seconds left, and then Mark Jackson played stellar defense on Isiah Thomas to prevent the game-winning shot. The win gave the Knicks a 2-1 series lead.