This Date in Knicks History: April 27

New York inks local hero Bradley in 1967
by Charlie Widdoes

(1966) Knicks win a coin flip over the Detroit Pistons for the number one pick in the NBA Draft, which they later used on Cazzie Russell.

(1967) Knicks sign 1965 NBA Draft pick (territorial choice) Bill Bradley to a four year $500,000 contract.

(1970) Knicks lose to Lakers 105-103 at the Garden in Game Two of NBA Finals, tying series at 1-1.

(1984) Knicks defeat Pistons 127-123 in Eastern Conference First Round for a 3-2 series win.

(1995) Knicks open the playoffs with a 103-79 win over Cavaliers at Madison Square Garden. New York shoots a blistering 63% from the floor (46-73 FG) and outrebounds Cleveland 41-28.

(1996) For the first time in history, the Knicks win the first two games of a playoff series on the road with an 84-80 win over the Cavaliers at Gund Arena. Anthony Mason leads the way with 23 points and 12 rebounds.

(2012) Carmelo Anthony named Eastern Conference Player of the Month. Anthony led the Knicks to a 9-4 month, averaging 29.8 points.  He compiled seven 30-point and two 40-point performances to go along with his second career triple double.