This Date in Knicks History: May 4

(1964)  Knicks select Texas Western center Jim Barnes with the first overall pick in the NBA Draft and then take Grambling’s Willis Reed with their second selection, eighth overall.

(1970) New York overcomes a 13-point halftime deficit, without the services of Willis Reed who suffered a thigh injury eight minutes into the game, to pull off a dramatic 107-100 win over the Lakers in Game 5 of the NBA Finals to take a 3-2 series lead. The Knicks trail 25-15 when Reed departs with3:56 to play in the opening quarter, and by 13 at the break, before outscoring the Lakers 67-47 in the second half, behind a 32-18 fourth quarter. Walt “Clyde” Frazier leads the way with 21 points, 12 assists and seven rebounds and Cazzie Russell adds 20 points, eight rebounds and five assists. 

(1984) Knicks defeat Boston 100-92 in Game Three of Eastern Conference Semifinals to cut the series deficit to 2-1. Bill Cartwright leads the way with 25 points and Bernard King scores 24 points.

(1988) Knicks stave off elimination with a 109-100 win over Boston in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference First Round at the Garden. Johnny Newman, making his first career playoff start, scores a team high 34 points and Patrick Ewing adds 31 points.

(1990) Patrick Ewing scores 44 points to lead the Knicks to a 135-108 win over Boston at the Garden, forcing a decisive Game 5 in the Eastern Conference First Round. The 135 points are the most scored by the Knicks in a playoff game.

(1995) Derek Harper scores a game high 30 points, including a Knicks playoff record seven three-pointers, in 93-80 first-round clinching Game 4 win at Cleveland.