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On this Date: May 26, 1994


The Knicks take a 2-0 series lead over Indiana in the 1994 Eastern Conference Finals.

Trailing 62-57 with 3 minutes 39 seconds left in the third quarter, the Knicks went on a ferocious 18-2 run to put themselves in control of a Game 2 victory over Indiana. Patrick Ewing, who finished with 32 points and 13 rebounds, scored ten points during the 18-2 run, and twenty points during the second half.

On this Date: May 17, 1995

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.

Steve Mills set up the room for the “frozen envelope” drawing

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.

via Zach Lowe, ESPN

On this Date: May 6, 1990

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.

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