Reggie Miller single-handedly crushed the hearts of Knick fans multiple times. But it was the 1995 Eastern Conference Semifinals that solidified Miller as Public Enemy #1 in New York City. With moments to go in Game 1, and facing a seemingly insurmountable deficit of 105-99, Miller scored eight points in 8.9 seconds to give his Indiana Pacers an astonishing victory. This career-defining performance, combined with his give-and-take with Knicks fan Spike Lee, made Miller and the Knicks a highlight of the 1995 NBA playoffs. Peabody Award-winning director Dan Klores will explore how Miller proudly built his legend as "The Garden's Greatest Villain".
Led by a determined and aggressive Michael Jordan, the Chicago Bulls defeated in the New York Knicks, 110-81, in game seven of the 1992 eastern conference semifinals. Jordan scored 42 points in 42 minutes played. Scottie Pippen added 17 for Chicago. The Bulls' win ended what was one of the most physical and memorable playoffs series in NBA history.
To a man, the Indianapolis Pacers could not recall ever witnessing anything like the finish to their 107-105 victory over the Knicks at Madison Square Garden yesterday -- in which Pacers guard Reggie Miller hit back-to-back 3-point shots in the span of 3.1 seconds to tie the score and then provided the margin of victory with two free throws with 7.5 seconds remaining.
Famous dunk Pippen over Ewing
Larry Bird 39 points 12 reb
(Bernard King 43 pts)
The Series Situation: Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks tied, 3-3 The Play: Uncertain whether Willis Reed would be able to play through the muscle tear in his right thigh, the New York Knicks get an emotional rush when their captain hobbles onto the floor against the Lakers, hits two jump shots and boosts his teammates' confidence and performance for their first NBA championship.
Bernard King scored 60 points last night, more than any player in the National Basketball Association in more than six seasons, more than any Knick in any season and more than any player in the history of the current Madison Square Garden. But the personal glory was not enough to prevent a 120-114 loss to the Nets.
Bernard King 44 points
Reggie Miller of the Indiana Pacers was in such a zone in Game 5 of the 1994 Eastern Conference Finals against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. Where some players might have been intimidated, Miller thrived, wearing his role as New York's No. 1 villain with ease. With the series tied 2-2, Miller unleashed the game of a lifetime, scoring 39 points. It was in the fourth quarter that Miller truly was in the zone, hitting five three-pointers and tallying 25 points as the Pacers rallied to upset the Knicks 93-86.
Picking up where the 1989 documentary, New York's Game: History of the Knicks, left off, features the heroics of Pat Riley and Jeff Van Gundy's New York Knicks.
Shortly before a Bulls-Knicks game in January 1997, New York Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy called Michael Jordan a "con man," among other things. "He really doesn't care about [young players].... He sucks them into thinking he wants to see them develop. He talks about young players, invites people to be in his movies -- and it's all a con. His way is to befriend them, soften them up, try to make them feel like he cares about them. Then he goes out there and tries to destroy them. The first step as a player is to realize that and don't go for it." Van Gundy said he meant it as a compliment, but Jordan didn't take it that way. The payback? After hearing what Van Gundy said, MJ scored 51 points to lead to the Bulls to an 88-87 win over the Knicks.
Dominique Wilkins - 52 Points Patrick Ewing - 43 Points, 14 Reb
The Knicks defeated the Bulls, 112-75 in late November 1992, but Michael Jordan poured in 42 points in an 89-77 Chicago win to exact some revenge on his bitter rival in this game. The Bulls went on to eliminate the Knicks from the playoffs for the third straight season, this time in the Eastern Conference Finals
Michael Jordan 54 points
This video features more than 40 years of rarely-seen footage of the New York Knickerbockers, with a special focus on the championship teams of 1970 and 1973.
Michael Jordan #45 of the Chicago Bulls shoots against the New York Knicks on March 28, 1995 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Michael Jordan scored 55 points during the game.
Melo career high 62 points