This Date in Knicks History: May 8

Frazier, Reed Lead Knicks to First NBA Championship

(1961) Eddie Donovan named sixth head coach in franchise history, replacing Carl Braun who was a player/coach for parts of two seasons.

(1970) Knicks win first championship, defeating the Los Angeles Lakers 113-99 in Game 7 of the NBA Finals. Willis Reed’s last-minute entrance and two early baskets ignite the Garden as few believed he would play. Walt Frazier posts an epic performance with 36 points and 19 assists.

(1971) Knicks announce that training camp will be moved from SUNY-Farmingdale to Monmouth College, West Long Branch, NJ.

(1973) Knicks defeat Lakers 103-98 at the Garden to take a 3-1 series lead in the NBA Finals. 

(1994) Knicks overcome a 15-point third quarter deficit to defeat the Bulls 90-86 in the Eastern Conference Semifinals opener at Madison Square Garden. Patrick Ewing leads the way with 18 points and 12 rebounds.

(1995) Anthony Mason named NBA Sixth Man Award winner for the 1994-95 season after averaging 9.9 points, 8.4 rebounds and 3.1 assists in 77 games (66 off the bench). He received 47 of a possible 105 votes.

(1999) Knicks open the first round of the playoffs with a 95-75 victory over the top-seeded Heat in Miami. Allan Houston and Latrell Sprewell score 22 points apiece.