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Knicks Notebook

1993 - Knicks close out the regular season with an 89-84 win over the Chicago Bulls at MSG, giving them a franchise record tying 60 victories.
1996 - Knicks open the First Round of the playoffs with a 106-83 victory in Cleveland. A 20-0 fourth quarter run climaxes a record breaking 17-for-22 (.773) night from downtown.
1999 - Knicks rebound from a 20-point third quarter-deficit to shock arch-rival Heat 82-80 at Miami Arena on national television. Larry Johnson leads the way with 23 points.

Posted by Mike Hacku on April 25, 2011 at 9:13 p.m., ET

1992 - Knicks begin the NBA Playoffs with a 109-75 victory over Detroit at Madison Square Garden. Patrick Ewing leads the way with 24 points and grabs 12 rebounds.
1997 - Knicks open the playoffs with a 109-99 win versus Charlotte Hornets at Madison Square Garden. Allan Houston’s 25 points and Larry Johnson’s 20 points give the Knicks their sixth straight playoff-opening win.

Posted by Mike Hacku on April 24, 2011 at 2:21 p.m., ET

1972 - Three Knicks eclipse the 20-point mark, as New York advances to the NBA Finals with a 111-102 Game Five victory at Boston. Dave DeBusschere scores a team high 24 points. Jerry Lucas adds 23 points and Walt Frazier posts 21 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists.
1988 - Knicks earn first playoff berth since 1984 with an 88-86 victory over the Pacers in the regular-season finale at Market Square Arena. Patrick Ewing records 19 points and 10 rebounds.
1991 - Ernie Grunfeld joins the organization as vice president of player personnel.
1997 - John Starks is named the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year for the 1996-97 season after averaging 13.8 points over 26.5 minutes in 77 games (76 off the bench). He received 84 of a possible 115 votes.

Posted by Mike Hacku on April 23, 2011 at 3:04 p.m., ET

1973 - Knicks roar back from a 17-point second-half deficit to defeat the Boston Celtics 117-110 (2OT) and take a 3-1 series lead in the Eastern Conference Finals. Walt Frazier leads the way with 37 points.
1984 - Bernard King scores 46 points for the second consecutive playoff game, leading the Knicks to a 120-113 victory over the Pistons at MSG and a 2-1 series lead in the Eastern Conference First Round.
1994 - Pat Riley records his 700th career victory in 125-85 win at Milwaukee. Riley becomes the 10th coach in NBA history to reach the milestone.
2001 - Knicks open the playoffs with a 92-85 win over Toronto at Madison Square Garden. Allan Houston scores a game high 23 points.

Posted by Mike Hacku on April 22, 2011 at 10:37 a.m., ET

1951 - Knicks fall to the Rochester Royals 79-75 in Game 7 of the NBA Finals - the franchise’s first ever Game 7 appearance.
1954 - Forward Vince Boryla, who would later become general manager (1956-58), retires after five seasons with the Knicks.
1994 - Knicks defeat the Philadelphia 76ers 130-82 at MSG for the largest win in franchise history. A capacity crowd witnesses the victory, marking the first time in franchise history that all 41 home games, sold out.

Posted by Mike Hacku on April 21, 2011 at 3:59 p.m., ET

1970 - Knicks cruise to a 132-96 win over the Milwaukee Bucks in series-clinching Game 5 of the Eastern Divisional Finals at Madison Square Garden. The win marked the largest margin of victory in Knicks playoff history.
1971 - Knicks legend/assistant general manager Allan Houston is born in Louisville, Kentucky.
1990 - Patrick Ewing becomes the Knicks all-time single-season point leader, passing Richie Guerin’s three-decade-old club mark (1961-62). Ewing records his 2,304th point of the season on a short jumper with 8:45 left in the first period of a 126-112 loss versus Atlanta at Madison Square Garden.

Posted by Mike Hacku on April 20, 2011 at 11:07 a.m., ET

1984 - Bernard King scores 23 consecutive points in the first quarter en route to a Knicks playoff high 46 points, but the Knicks fail to take a 2-0 series lead, losing to the Pistons in Detroit, 113-105, in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference playoffs first round,
1996 - Patrick Ewing records his first career triple-double with 28 points, 15 rebounds and 11 assists in 115-108 loss to the Hornets at Madison Square Garden.
2000 - Patrick Ewing plays his final regular season game as a Knick, scoring 15 points and grabbing four rebounds over 22 minutes in 112-85 loss at Boston.

Posted by Mike Hacku on April 19, 2011 at 11:14 a.m., ET

1982 - Red Holzman coaches his final game with the Knicks, falling to the Celtics 119-99 at Boston Garden.
2007 - Eddy Curry tips in a shot with 00.6 remaining to give the Knicks a 94-93 season-ending win at Charlotte.
2008 - Isiah Thomas relieved of head coaching duties after two seasons in which he amassed a record of 56-118.

Posted by Mike Hacku on April 18, 2011 at 10:47 a.m., ET

1984 - Bernard King scores 36 points and Darrell Walker records 13 points and seven steals to lead the Knicks to a 94-93 victory in Detroit in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference First Round. New York outscores Detroit 30-17 in the fourth quarter.
2005 - Knicks hit a then franchise record 17 three pointers in 139-135 (OT) loss to the Atlanta Hawks. The two teams combined for 38 points in the extra period with Atlanta posting a 21-17 edge. Jamal Crawford (31 points) and Tim Thomas (26 points) hit six three-pointers each. (Note: The mark was surpassed on Nov. 12, 2008 when the Knicks hit 19 three pointers at Memphis and again on Mar. 17, 2011 when the Knicks hit a franchise best 20 triples versus Memphis).

Posted by Mike Hacku on April 17, 2011 at 10:15 a.m., ET

1972 - Knicks hold on to a 106-105 victory over the Celtics at the Garden, as John Havlicek misses a potential game winner in the final seconds, to give the Knicks a 2-0 series lead in the Eastern Conference Finals. Dave DeBusschere leads the way with 24 points, including a fall-away jumper that gives the Knicks a three-point lead with :24 to play.
1990 - Knicks score a franchise record 46 third-quarter points, as they defeat the Miami Heat, 119-102 at Madison Square Garden.
1998 - Despite playing with a sprained ankle, Larry Johnson scores 26 points to lead the Knicks to a 108-79 romp over Toronto at Madison Square Garden and the club’s 11th straight playoff berth.

Posted by Mike Hacku on April 16, 2011 at 8:59 a.m., ET

1975 - Red Holzman steps down after five years as general manager and is replaced by former GM Eddie Donovan.
1988 - Mark Jackson records a triple-double, scoring 25 points and recording 10 rebounds and 10 assists in 106-97 loss versus Washington Bullets.

Posted by Mike Hacku on April 15, 2011 at 4:15 p.m., ET

1994 - Knicks defeat the Washington Bullets 111-106 in Washington to clinch second consecutive Atlantic Division title.

Posted by Mike Hacku on April 14, 2011 at 1:49 p.m., ET

1951 - Knicks win first NBA Finals game in franchise history, defeating the Rochester Royals 79-73 at Armory, after falling in a 3-0 series deficit. Connie Simmons leads the way with 26 points. The Knicks go on to win the next two games, before falling in Game 7 on April 21.
1995 - Patrick Ewing becomes the 37th player in NBA history to reach 18,000 career points in 110-100 win over Bullets at the Garden.
2001 - Knicks trounce the Hawks 101-65 at the Garden. Latrell Sprewell leads the way with 22 points.

Posted by Mike Hacku on April 13, 2011 at 10:36 a.m., ET

1952 - Knicks lose 83-79 at Minneapolis Lakers in Game One of the NBA Finals.
1954 - Knicks forward Harry Gallatin is selected to the All-NBA team by sportswriters and broadcasters from the different NBA cities.
1978 - Bob McAdoo scores 41 points in the opening game of the playoffs, as the Knicks defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers 132-114 in Cleveland.

Posted by Mike Hacku on April 12, 2011 at 1:37 p.m., ET

Knicks-Bulls Connections
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1995 - Knicks record 50th win of the season with a 112-99 triumph over Miami at Madison Square Garden. It marks the Knicks fourth consecutive season with 40-plus wins.
1999 - Larry Johnson scores 22 points, Marcus Camby adds 19 points and Patrick Ewing records 15 points, 15 rebounds and six blocks to lead New York to a 93-78 win in New Jersey on national television. The victory completes the Knicks first season sweep of the Nets since 1990-91.

Posted by Mike Hacku on April 11, 2011 at 9:32 a.m., ET

1972 - Knicks select South Carolina center Tom Riker with the eighth overall pick in the NBA Draft.
1982 - Red Holzman records what would prove to be his final victory as Knicks coach - number 613 - with a 117-114 win in Cleveland. (Note: Knicks would drop five straight to close out the season).
1987 - Bernard King returns to action 748 days after tearing the ACL in his right knee. He comes off the bench against Milwaukee and scores seven points over 23 minutes in 132-93 loss.
1997 - Knicks reach the 25-million mark in all-time Garden attendance, but lose to Chicago 105-103.
2005 - Michael Sweetney’s lay-up off Stephon Marbury’s miss beats the buzzer and gives the Knicks an electrifying 113-112 (OT) national television win at Indiana. Stephon Marbury hands out 19 assists in the contest.

Posted by Mike Hacku on April 10, 2011 at 11:02 p.m., ET

Knicks-Pacers Connections
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1947 - Knicks win first playoff series in franchise history, defeating the Cleveland Rebels 93-71 in deciding Game Three of the Quarterfinals. Bud Palmer scores 26 points and Stan Stutz adds 25 points to lead the way.
2006 - Jamal Crawford pours in a game-high 31 points to key a 101-86 comeback win at Boston, capping a 3-1 Knicks week in which Jamal earns Eastern Conference Player of the Week honors.

Posted by Mike Hacku on April 9, 2011 at 3:02 p.m., ET

1958 - Fuzzy Levane named the fourth head coach in franchise history. He would amass a record of 48-51 over parts of two seasons.
1952 - Knicks defeat Syracuse Nationals 100-93 at 69th Regiment Armory in Game Four of the Eastern Division Finals to win the best-of-five series and advance to the franchise’s first NBA Finals. Max Zaslofsky leads the way with 20 points in the win.
1988 - Mark Jackson records 19 points and 18 assists, but the Knicks lose at Chicago, 131-122.
1992 - Patrick Ewing scores 35 points against Boston to pass Willis Reed for second place on the Knicks all-time scoring list. Knicks lose the road contest 93-89.
1993 - Knicks clinch third Atlantic Division title in club history, as they defeat the Boston Celtics 110-88 at Madison Square Garden.
1996 - In a rare “workday afternoon start” (12:30 pm), Knicks lose to Seattle 108-98 at Madison Square Garden, in a makeup of a snowed out Jan. 7 game.

Posted by Mike Hacku on April 8, 2011 at 9:05 a.m., ET

2004 - Knicks clinch first playoff berth in three years with 96-82 win over Chicago at the Garden. Anfernee Hardaway scores 21 points in the win.
2006 - Jamal Crawford plays last-second hero for the second straight game, draining a 20-foot jumper with :00.5 left to give the Knicks a 98-96 win over Indiana at the Garden.
2008 - Patrick Ewing and Pat Riley elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Posted by Mike Hacku on April 7, 2011 at 12:01 p.m., ET

1970 - Knicks win first Game 7 in franchise history (third chance), defeating the Baltimore Bullets, 127-114 in the Eastern Division Semifinals. Dick Barnett and Dave DeBusschere score 28 points each.
1987 - Knicks overcome a 59-36 halftime deficit to defeat the 76ers 108-101 at Madison Square Garden. Gerald Wilkins and Trent Tucker score 24 points each.
2009 - Marvin “The Human Eraser” Webster passes away in Tulsa, OK at the age of 56. He was a Knick for seven seasons (did not play last two because of injury), averaging six points and 6.2 rebounds in 402 games.

Posted by Mike Hacku on April 6, 2011 at 11:35 a.m., ET

1947 - Knicks win first home playoff game, defeating Cleveland Rebels 86-74 at Madison Square Garden to tie best-of-three series at 1-1. Stan Stutz leads the way with 30 points.
1958 - Vince Boryla resigns as head coach after two-plus seasons, in which he amassed a record of 80-85.
1977 - The Garden and UA-Columbia Cablevision announce that they will distribute the full Knicks home schedule on basic cable.
1994 - Knicks lose 100-86 at Miami, snapping a 15-game winning streak, which began on March 1.
2006 - Jamal Crawford’s fadeaway jumper with :06.4 left caps a 37-point night and gives the Knicks a 96-94 win over Cleveland at Madison Square Garden.

Posted by Mike Hacku on April 5, 2011 at 10:21 p.m., ET

Knicks-Raptors Connections
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Posted by Mike Hacku on April 4, 2011 at 2:08 p.m., ET

Posted by Mike Hacku on April 4, 2011 at 2:06 p.m., ET

1993 - Down by six points with less than three minutes to go in regulation, the Knicks rally for a 108-103 overtime triumph at San Antonio. Doc Rivers leads the way with a season high 24 points.
2003 - Knicks hold Utah to two points in overtime and ride an Allan Houston jumper with :04.4 left to a thrilling 94-92 (OT) victory over the Jazz at The Delta Center.

Posted by Mike Hacku on April 4, 2011 at 2:06 p.m., ET

1949 - Knicks sign first-round draft pick Dick McGuire.
1957 - Knicks trade center Nat “Sweetwater” Clifton, forward Harry Gallatin and the rights to guard Dick Atha to Detroit for forwards Mel Hutchins and Charlie Tyra. Also, trade guard Dick McGuire to Detroit for 1958 first-round draft pick.
2001 - Marcus Camby turns in his first career 20-20 game (first for a Knick in more than four years), pouring in 23 points and hauling in 20 rebounds in 94-82 win over Orlando at Madison Square Garden.

Posted by Mike Hacku on April 3, 2011 at 4:59 p.m., ET

Knicks-Cavaliers Connections
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1947 - Knicks lose their very first playoff game, 77-51, to the Cleveland Rebels at The Cleveland Arena. They would go on to win the series 2-1.
1970 - In Game 5 of the Eastern Division Semifinals, Willis Reed grabs 36 rebounds (a Knicks playoff record) en route to 101-80 win over the Washington Bullets, giving the Knicks a 3-2 series lead.
2008 - Knicks hire Donnie Walsh, President, Basketball Operations.
2010 - David Lee posts first career triple double with 37 points, 20 rebounds and 10 assists, but Knicks lose 128-117 at Golden State. Lee becomes first NBA player since Kareem Abdul Jabbar in 1976 to record at least 30 points, 20 rebounds and 10 assists,

Posted by Mike Hacku on April 2, 2011 at 9:52 a.m., ET

1993 - Pat Riley earns his 100th victory as Knicks head coach in a 91-83 win over the Cleveland Cavilers at Madison Square Garden. Patrick Ewing scores 30 points and grabs 12 boards in the win.
2001 - Marcus Camby pours in 20 points with 15 rebounds as the Knicks ride a classic defensive effort to salvage the final game of a five-game Western trip via a 79-78 victory over the Lakers.

Posted by Mike Hacku on April 1, 2011 at 11:14 a.m., ET

1947 - Joe Lapchick leaves St. John’s University to become head coach of the Knicks. Lapchick served as the Knicks coach from 1947-1956, amassing a record of 326-247. His 326 wins are the second most in franchise history, behind Red Holzman.
2000 - Knicks clinch 13th consecutive NBA Playoff berth with an 89-83 victory over the Grizzlies in Vancouver. Allan Houston scores 24 points and Latrell Sprewell adds 23 points in the win.

Posted by Mike Hacku on March 31, 2011 at 11:28 a.m., ET

1999 - Knicks win a thriller over arch-rival Indiana Pacers, 94-93, at Madison Square Garden. Patrick Ewing leads the way with a season high 37 points, as the Knicks hold the Pacers scoreless over the game's final 2:41. Indiana misses three attempts (Reggie Miller, Travis Best, Al Harrington) to win the game in the final seconds.

Posted by Mike Hacku on March 30, 2011 at 1:01 p.m., ET

Knicks-Nets Connections
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1945 - Knicks legend Walt Frazier is born in Atlanta, Georgia.
1958 - Fordham Prep’s Donnie Walsh scores 23 points and takes home MVP honors as the Manhattan Bronx High School All Stars defeat the Brooklyn Queens All Stars 59-58 at Madison Square Garden.
1971 - Knicks select Marquette guard Dean Meminger with the 16th overall pick in the NBA Draft.
1994 - Knicks complete the first undefeated month in franchise history (14-0) with a 106-95 win over Charlotte at Madison Square Garden. Charles Oakley leads the way with 22 points and 17 rebounds.

Posted by Mike Hacku on March 29, 2011 at 10:16 a.m., ET

1978 - Knicks overcome an eight-point first quarter deficit to defeat the Denver Nuggets, 106-103, at Madison Square Garden. Lonnie Shelton leads the way with 31 points and 13 rebounds, as Knicks President, Basketball Operations Donnie Walsh watches from the opposing bench as a Denver assistant coach.
1995 - The “Double Nickel Game." In Michael Jordan’s return to Madison Square Garden, he scores 55 points to lead the Bulls to a 113-111 win over the Knicks.

Posted by Mike Hacku on March 28, 2011 at 11:03 a.m., ET

1990 - Patrick Ewing scores 41 points and grabs 12 rebounds in 119-100 win versus Washington. It marks his 28th consecutive game with at least 20 points. The streak would come to an end the next day, when he’s limited to 17 points at New Jersey.
1994 - Knicks road winning streak hits seven as they defeat the Orlando Magic, 111-90, at Orlando Arena, behind Patrick Ewing’s 31 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks.
2002 - Lavor Postell pours in a career-high 20 points off the bench to lead Knicks to an 89-82 win at Detroit. Postell scores 15 points in the second quarter, then nails the game’s biggest shot when he buries a three-point bomb from the left corner with 1:04 left to put New York up by seven.

Posted by Mike Hacku on March 27, 2011 at 2:10 p.m., ET

1949 - Knicks defeat Baltimore Bullets 103-99 (OT) at the Garden in Game 3 of the Eastern Division Semifinals to win series 2-1 and advance to the Eastern Divisional Finals.
1952 - Knicks win a deciding Game 3 of the Eastern Division Semifinals in Boston 88-87 (2OT), as Ernie Vandeweghe hits a free throw with one second left for the win.
1970 - Knicks defeat Baltimore Bullets 120-117 (2OT) in Game One of the Eastern Division Semifinals. Willis Reed, who scored 30 points, hits a hook shot with :31 remaining to break a 117-117 tie.
1999 - Patrick Ewing becomes the 12th player in NBA history to reach both 20,000 career points and 10,000 rebounds by recording his 10,000th board in 94-87 victory at Phoenix.

Posted by Mike Hacku on March 26, 2011 at 8:32 a.m., ET

1994 - New York wins its 12th straight – second longest winning streak in team history – with a 85-82 win at Indiana. Patrick Ewing leads the way with 25 points and 15 rebounds. The streak would stretch to 15 before ending in Miami on April 5 (100-86 loss).

Posted by Mike Hacku on March 25, 2011 at 10:09 a.m., ET

Knicks-Bucks Connections
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1981 - Dave DeBusschere’s number 22 is retired by the Knicks. He played five full seasons in New York, winning two championships, and earning All-Defensive honors and an All-Star selection in each of his five full seasons in New York. He later served as the Knicks general manager from 1982-86.
1990 - Patrick Ewing scores a career high 51 points (20-29 FG, 11-13 FT) in 115-110 loss to Boston at the Garden. Ewing does not record a block in the game, ending his streak at 145 consecutive games with at least one block.

Posted by Mike Hacku on March 24, 2011 at 11:49 a.m., ET

1965 - Willis Reed is named NBA Rookie of The Year, giving the Knicks first individual award in team history.
1968 - Knicks defeat the Philadelphia 76ers 128-117 in Game 2 of the Eastern Divisional Semifinals - first playoff game held at the current Madison Square Garden - to tie the series at 1-1.
1985 - The NBA’s leading scorer Bernard King (32.9 points) suffers a torn ACL of the right knee in 113-105 loss at Kansas City.
2009 - Knicks celebrate inaugural Legends Night in 106-102 loss to Orlando. Dick McGuire is given the Legacy Award, which is now known as the Dick McGuire award. Carl Braun (1940’s), Richie Guerin (1950’s), Willis Reed (1960’s), Walt Frazier (1970’s), Bernard King (1980’s) and Patrick Ewing (1990’s) are named the top Knick from their respective decade. All are in attendance but Braun, who is represented by his daughter Susan.

Posted by Mike Hacku on March 23, 2011 at 12:32 p.m., ET

Knicks-Magic Connections
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Posted by Mike Hacku on March 22, 2011 at 1:57 p.m., ET

1984 - Marvin Webster sits out the Knicks 108-100 home loss versus Boston with the flu, ending his consecutive games played streak at 333 - third best in team history.
1994 - Knicks win 10th straight with an 87-78 victory over the Bulls at Madison Square Garden. Hubert Davis scores a team-high 24 points.

Posted by Mike Hacku on March 22, 2011 at 1:56 p.m., ET

Posted by Mike Hacku on March 22, 2011 at 1:54 p.m., ET

Knicks-Celtics Connections
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1949 - Knicks select St. John’s guard Dick McGuire with the seventh overall pick in the 1949 BAA draft.
1969 - Walt Frazier records a triple-double, scoring 24 points, grabbing 11 rebounds and handing out 14 assists in 139-104 win at Phoenix.
1981 - Micheal Ray Richardson scores 27 points and records 19 assists and 15 rebounds to lead the Knicks to their sixth straight victory - a 119-105 win versus Cleveland at Madison Square Garden.

Posted by Mike Hacku on March 21, 2011 at 10:10 a.m., ET

2001 - Allan Houston scores 39 points – including 16 points on 6-for-6 shooting in the third quarter – as the Knicks cruise to a 110-75 win at Cleveland - their largest road victory in eight years.

Posted by Mike Hacku on March 20, 2011 at 12:52 p.m., ET

Knicks-Bucks Connections
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1967 - New York eclipses the 100-point mark for the 77th consecutive game during the 1966-67 season with a 124-113 loss in the regular-season finale at Boston. The streak is the second longest in NBA history during one season, behind the 1981-82 Denver Nuggets, who scored at least 100 points in each of its 82 games.
1987 - Gerald Wilkins scores 34 points in 44 minutes off the bench to lead Knicks to 111-105 (OT) win versus Indiana at Madison Square Garden.
1991 - Knicks guard Maurice Cheeks dishes out six assists in 97-79 win at Charlotte, becoming the fifth guard in NBA history to reach 7,000 career assists.
2002 - Trailing by 12 points in the third quarter and by 10 in the fourth, Knicks close the game on a 26-7 run – including a season-high 17 straight points – to defeat the Grizzlies 101-92 at Memphis.

Posted by Mike Hacku on March 19, 2011 at 10:20 a.m., ET

Knicks-Pistons Connections
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1993 - Knicks break a six-year hex in Cleveland with a convincing 115-95 victory over the Cavs at the Richfield Coliseum. Doc Rivers dishes out a season-high 15 assists despite suffering a broken nose in the third quarter.
2003 - Knicks outscore Spurs 36-19 in the fourth quarter en route to a 105-97 win at San Antonio. Allan Houston follows up his 50-point performance of two nights earlier with a game-high 36 points.

Posted by Mike Hacku on March 18, 2011 at 10:15 a.m., ET

1970 - Willis Reed earns MVP honors for the 1969-70 season with 61 first-place votes. He becomes the first Knick in history to win the award.
1994 - Knicks tie the all-time post-clock NBA record held by the 1954-55 Syracuse Nationals with their eighth straight sub-90-point defensive game, defeating the Bucks 105-83 at the Garden.
1998 - Dressing just nine players due to injury, the Knicks grind out a 100-96 win over Philadelphia at the Garden. Allan Houston leads the way with 31 points. Anthony Bowie scores 10 points and has five rebounds over 36 minutes in his first start.
2006 - Jamal Crawford’s jumper with :02.2 left climaxes a Knicks comeback from a 16-point second-quarter deficit and gives New York a pulsating 105-103 victory over Detroit at a soldout Garden.

Posted by Mike Hacku on March 17, 2011 at 10:09 a.m., ET

1949 - Madison Square Garden holds its first professional basketball doubleheader, as Chicago defeats Boston, 107-82, and Rochester defeats the Knicks, 94-89.
1970 - Knicks join the Atlantic Division as the NBA reorganizes into four divisions: Atlantic, Central, Southern and Pacific. Boston, Buffalo and Philadelphia round out the Knicks division.
1986 - Toney Douglas born in Tampa, Florida.
1989 - Knicks franchise record of 26 consecutive home wins in a season comes to an end, as they fall to the 76ers, 121-112, at Madison Square Garden.
1999 - Knicks complete sweep of back-to-back-to-back games with a 113-89 rout of Clippers at Madison Square Garden, winning three games in three days for the first time since February 6-8, 1981.
2003 - Allan Houston pours in 50 points – his second 50-plus game of the season and the 13th in Knicks history – in 120-111 victory over Milwaukee at the Garden. Houston joins Bernard King and Richie Guerin as the only Knicks to author multi 50-point games in the same season.

Posted by Mike Hacku on March 16, 2011 at 10:27 a.m., ET

1953 - Harry Gallatin records a 30/30 game with 30 points and 33 rebounds, setting a franchise record for most rebounds in a single-game in 81-69 loss at Fort Wayne Pistons. (Note: Willis Reed would tie the mark on Feb. 2, 1971 vs. CIN).
1963 - Knicks snap a 10-game losing streak, defeating the Chicago Zephyrs, 116-111, at Madison Square Garden. Dave Budd leads the way with 22 points.
2006 - After trailing by as many as 12 points late in the third quarter, the second unit rallies Knicks in resounding fashion for 121-117 (2OT) win versus Atlanta at Madison Square Garden. Knicks bench outscores Hawks bench 77-17, and registers highest scoring total since Oct. 27, 1984 (81). Jamal Crawford leads the Knicks with 21 points over 35 minutes off the bench.

Posted by Mike Hacku on March 15, 2011 at 6:31 p.m., ET

Practice Q&A with Roger Mason Jr.
Roger Mason Jr. gives his thoughts about today's Knicks practice, and states he "can't wait" for another shot at the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday night:

Posted by Mike Hacku on March 14, 2011 at 3:36 p.m., ET

1992 - Dick McGuire’s number 15 is retired by the Knicks. McGuire, who spent 53 years with the organization before passing away on Feb. 3, 2010, served the Knicks as a player, head coach, assistant coach, chief scout and senior basketball consultant. He was elected into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1993 and is third place on the Knicks all-time assists list (2,950)
2004 - Knicks rally from a 65-39 deficit to defeat the Milwaukee Bucks, 103-100, at the Bradley Center. Stephon Marbury scores 21 points and dishes out 16 assists in the win.

Posted by Mike Hacku on March 14, 2011 at 11:22 a.m., ET

1954 - Knicks clinch first place in the Eastern Division with a 67-60 victory over Syracuse at Madison Square Garden. Harry Gallatin leads the way with 16 points.
1957 - Harry Gallatin plays his 610th consecutive (franchise record) and final game as a Knick, scoring 12 points and grabbing nine rebounds in 122-91 loss at Boston.
1993 - Knicks/Pacers game at Madison Square Garden is postponed due to a snowstorm. They played the next day with the Knicks winning 121-90.
2010 - Knicks go into Dallas and snap Mavericks 13-game winning streak and a nine-game losing streak in Big D with 128-94 win at American Airlines Arena – the Knicks first (0-8) in franchise history. Knicks avenge a 50-point January loss to Mavs with the 34-point victory, which is the largest win in NBA history against an opponent who handed a team a 50-point loss earlier in the season. Knicks are led by four 20-point scorers, as Bill Walker scores 23 points; Wilson Chandler, 22 points; Toney Douglas, 21 points and Al Harrington, 20 points.

Posted by Mike Hacku on March 13, 2011 at 10:03 p.m., ET

Knicks-Pacers Connections
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1953 - Knicks clinch first Eastern Division title in franchise history with a 90-85 road win over the Philadelphia Warriors. Connie Simmons, who sat out the first period, scores 29 points.
1972 - Jerry Lucas records his 21st consecutive double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds in 112-109 loss at Boston. Lucas’ streak is the third longest in franchise history behind Walt Bellamy (44, 1965-66) and David Lee (24, 2009).

Posted by Mike Hacku on March 12, 2011 at 9:43 a.m., ET

1956 - Knicks defeat Fort Wayne 122-96, behind Carl Braun’s 27 points, to remain in a tie with Syracuse for the third place playoff spot. Knicks would face the Nationals four days later for the right to go to the playoffs and lose 82-77.
2001 - Rallying for their biggest comeback victory in more than six years, the Knicks storm back from a 21-point first-quarter deficit to defeat Miami, 86-83, before a delighted Garden sellout and a national NBC audience. Knicks fall behind 35-14, missing 25 of first 31 shots, but outscore Miami 72-48 the rest of the way.
2009 - New York overcomes a 12-point deficit with 11:49 remaining to force overtime and then outscores Detroit 15-10 in the extra period for a 116-111 (OT) win at Palace of Auburn Hills. The Knicks set a franchise record with only three turnovers, including none in the second half. Nate Robinson leads all Knicks scorers with 30 points and six assists and David Lee posts 16 points and 18 rebounds

Posted by Mike Hacku on March 11, 2011 at 9:37 p.m., ET

1990 - Knicks retire Dick Barnett’s number 12 and number 613 in honor of coach Red Holzman. Barnett averaged 15.6 points in nine seasons with the Knicks. Holzman’s number 613 represents the number of regular-season victories he earned at the helm of the Knicks - the most in franchise history.
1998 - Knicks record their first ever series sweep of Orlando (4-0) with an 85-78 win at Madison Square Garden. Larry Johnson leads the way with 19 points.
2000 - Knicks snap a four-game road losing streak with an 82-77 win at Philadelphia, behind Patrick Ewing’s 19 points and 21 rebounds.

Posted by Mike Hacku on March 10, 2011 at 10:23 a.m., ET

1958 - Knicks thrash the Philadelphia Warriors, 123-81, at Madison Square Garden. The 42-point differential ranks as the seventh biggest win in Knicks history. Seven Knicks score in double figures with Kenny Sears leading the way with 20 points.
1977 - Willis Reed is named Knicks head coach, effective at the end of the season after Red Holzman retires.

Posted by Mike Hacku on March 9, 2011 at 10:18 a.m., ET

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Practice Q&A with Andy Rautins
Andy Rautins gives his thoughts on how the new-look Knicks are meshing, and his keys to defeating the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night:

Posted by Mike Hacku on March 8, 2011 at 8:19 p.m., ET

1993 - In front of a star-studded crowd at Garden, Knicks outlast Shaquille O’Neal and the Magic in overtime 109-107. Patrick Ewing scores 37 points with 17 rebounds and Charles Oakley scores a season-high 18 points. Celebrities in the crowd include Dustin Hoffman, Danny Aiello, Gregory Hines, Spike Lee, John McEnroe, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Ed Bradley, Bill Murray and Branford Marsalis.
1996 - Don Nelson is relieved of his head coaching duties and is replaced by Jeff Van Gundy, who becomes the 18th head coach in Knicks history. Knicks fall to 76ers 100-92 in Van Gundy’s debut. Van Gundy would lead the Knicks to a 248-172 record and an Eastern Conference Championship (1999) in five-plus seasons with the organization.
2008 - Nate Robinson scores a career-high 45 points in 120-114 (OT) loss to Portland at Madison Square Garden. He becomes the second player in NBA history 5-foot-9 or shorter to score 45-plus points in a game (Calvin Murphy).

Posted by Mike Hacku on March 8, 2011 at 11:55 a.m., ET

1992 - Knicks record the 1,000th home victory in franchise history with a 107-78 win over Charlotte. In the win, they grab 75 rebounds, 52 (franchise record) of which come on the defensive end.
1994 - Trailing by 16 points late in the third quarter, Knicks run off 20 consecutive points and beat the Pistons, 99-85, at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Patrick Ewing and John Starks score 21 points each.
1995 - Patrick Ewing scores 46 points as the Knicks defeat the Boston Celtics 115-110 at Madison Square Garden. Ewing sets a Knicks record for most points in the second half with 38 and falls two points shy of the Knicks record for most points in a half (Bernard King 40, 12/25/84 vs. NJ).

Posted by Mike Hacku on March 7, 2011 at 10:36 a.m., ET

1970 - Knicks become the first team in NBA history to surpass the 1 million mark in regular-season total attendance in 107-103 victory versus San Diego Rockets at Madison Square Garden.
1991 - Trent Tucker heaves up an off balance three-pointer at the buzzer, giving the Knicks a 102-99 victory at Detroit.
1996 - Patrick Ewing grabs nine rebounds in 89-82 win at Toronto, passing Willis Reed (8,414) for first place on the Knicks all-time rebounding list.
2005 - Knicks shoot a season-high .618 from the field - highest shooting game in four years - en route to a 115-99 victory versus the Golden State Warriors at the Garden. Stephon Marbury leads the way with 26 points (9-16 FG, 2-4 3P, 6-6 FT) and 16 assists.

Posted by Mike Hacku on March 6, 2011 at 1:37 p.m., ET

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1965 - Willis Reed scores 46 points (17-33 FG, 12-13 FT) and grabs 22 rebounds in 105-103 loss versus the Los Angeles Lakers.
1966 - Walt Bellamy records his 44th consecutive double-double (franchise record) with 25 points and 19 rebounds in 149-145 loss at Cincinnati. His streak would be snapped the next day in St. Louis, but remains a franchise record.
2002 - Kurt Thomas scores 29 points and hauls in a career-best 20 rebounds in a 102-89 drubbing of Milwaukee at the Garden.
2004 - Knicks outscore Raptors 38-20 in the game’s final 17:15 for a 109-103 win at Toronto, snapping a six-game road losing streak. Stephon Marbury scores 35 points and Nazr Mohammed adds 20 points and 18 rebounds.

Posted by Mike Hacku on March 5, 2011 at 11:26 a.m., ET

1962 - Willie Naulls records his seventh consecutive 30-point effort, scoring 39 points in 129-128 loss versus Philadelphia Warriors at Madison Square Garden.
1986 - Chris McNealy records 12 points, 10 rebounds and eight steals in 119-83 victory over the Washington Bullets at Madison Square Garden.
1993 - Doc Rivers ties a franchise record for most assists without a single turnover (14) in a 125-111 victory over the Utah Jazz at Madison Square Garden.

Posted by Mike Hacku on March 4, 2011 at 1:55 p.m., ET

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1954 - Knicks play first and only game in Westchester County, defeating the Philadelphia Warriors 88-79 in White Plains, New York. Harry Gallatin leads the way with 20 points and 22 rebounds.
1967 - Walt Bellamy records a triple double, scoring 29 points, grabbing 14 rebounds and dishing out 10 assists in 138-132 loss to the Lakers at Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena.

Posted by Mike Hacku on March 3, 2011 at 11:39 a.m., ET

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1951 - Knicks coach Joe Lapchick leads the Eastern squad to 111-94 win over the West in the first ever NBA All-Star game at Boston Garden. Vince Boryla (nine points), Harry Gallatin (five points) and Dick McGuire (six points) represent the Knicks.
1962 - Wilt Chamberlain sets the NBA record for most points in a game (100) as the Warriors defeat the Knicks, 169-147, in Hershey, Pennsylvania. The 169 points are the most points scored against the Knicks.
1995 - Trailing by 22 points (71-49) midway through the third quarter, Knicks outscore Bulls 44-18 the rest of the way for a 93-89 victory at Madison Square Garden. Anthony Mason records 26 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists. Patrick Ewing adds 23 points and Hubert Davis, 19 points.

Posted by Mike Hacku on March 2, 2011 at 10:15 a.m., ET

1941 - President, Basketball Operations Donnie Walsh born in Manhattan, NY.
1986 - Knicks retire Earl “The Pearl” Monroe’s number 15. Monroe averaged 16.2 points in his nine seasons as a Knick and was an integral part of the 1973 championship team. That same day, Red Holzman is elected into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
1991 - Dave Checketts is named Knicks president and vice president and general manager Al Bianchi is relieved of his duties.
2001 - Jeff Van Gundy moves into third place on the Knicks all-time wins list, racking up his 224th victory to pass Pat Riley, as Knicks record wire-to-wire 95-88 victory over Boston at Madison Square Garden. Marcus Camby leads the way with 27 points and 17 rebounds.

Posted by Mike Hacku on March 1, 2011 at 10:30 a.m., ET

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1997 - Knicks become the first team in NBA history to win three overtime games on the same roadtrip, as they win in Denver 112-108 (OT). John Starks leads the way with 23 points.
2003 - Knicks retire Patrick Ewing’s 33. The Hall-of-Fame center was a seven-time All-NBA selection, three-time All-Defensive, and 11-time All-Star. The 1986 NBA Rookie of the Year, is the all-time Knicks leader in total points (23,665), games played (1,039), rebounds (10,759), blocks (2,758), steals (1,061), and minutes (37,586).

Posted by Mike Hacku on February 28, 2011 at 4:17 p.m., ET

2000 - Knicks rally from a 12-point third-quarter deficit for a thrilling 89-88 national television win over Philadelphia at Madison Square Garden. After trailing for virtually the entire game, the Knicks pull even (88-88) on Larry Johnson’s tip-in with :46.8 left and go ahead on a Chris Childs free throw with :16.9 left.
2001 - Patrick Ewing returns to Madison Square Garden for the first time since his September trade to Seattle and scores 12 points and grabs five rebounds in 101-92 loss to Knicks. In the victory, the Knicks fail to record a steal for the first time in franchise history.
2010 - Original Knick Hank Rosenstein passes away at the age of 89. He played 31 games with New York during 1946-47 season, averaging 4.3 points. He scored five points (2-2 FG, 1-2 FT) and recorded one assist and five fouls in first game in franchise/NBA history – 68-66 win at Toronto Huskies on Nov. 1, 1946.

Posted by Mike Hacku on February 27, 2011 at 5:25 p.m., ET

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1989 - Knicks break the franchise record for most consecutive wins at home with their 21st straight victory at the Garden, defeating Boston 122-110. Mark Jackson scores 28 points and dishes out 11 assists and Patrick Ewing records 26 points and 13 rebounds in the victory. Note: The Knicks streak would end at 26 straight home wins.
1997 - Knicks score just five points in the third quarter, then roar back for a 96-95 (OT) win over the Blazers in Portland. Knicks outscore Portland 29-14 down the stretch to force overtime and then pull out the win in the extra session. Patrick Ewing leads the way with 27 points and 14 rebounds.

Posted by Mike Hacku on February 26, 2011 at 9:00 a.m., ET

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1955 - Jim Baechtold scores 30 points with six assists and five rebounds in setting the franchise record for most minutes played in a game, 62, in 113-111 (3 OT) loss to the Warriors in Philadelphia.
1999 - Allan Houston’s three-point bomb with :04.6 left in overtime caps a 26-point night and gives the Knicks a thrilling 115-113 (OT) win versus Minnesota at Madison Square Garden.
2001 - Latrell Sprewell caps an 18-point performance by hitting the game’s two biggest shots in an 88-86 come-from-behind national television win over Sacramento at the Garden. Sprewell’s 15-footer from the left side with :40.1 left ties the score at 86-86, then his 18-foot jumper from the right elbow gives the Knicks the lead for good with :07.2 left.

Posted by Mike Hacku on February 25, 2011 at 10:17 a.m., ET

1973 - Knicks dish out 15 assists in the second quarter of a 125-97 win versus Buffalo at Madison Square Garden. Walt Frazier leads the way with eight assists, to go along with 15 points.
1993 - Knicks overcome a 13 point deficit with 6:39 to play, outscoring Milwaukee 23-9 to pick up a 91-90 victory at the Bradley Center. John Starks leads the way with 25 points.
2005 - In two separate deals: Knicks trade forward Vin Baker, guard Moochie Norris and a 2006 second-round draft pick to Houston for forward Maurice Taylor. Also, trade center Nazr Mohammed and guard Jamison Brewer to San Antonio for forward Malik Rose and conditional first-round draft picks in 2005 (David Lee) and 2006 (Mardy Collins).
2009 - Knicks waive Stephon Marbury. Marbury completes his six seasons in New York with averages of 18.2 points and 7.0 assists over 37.9 minutes in 287 regular-season games (282 starts). He averaged 21.3 points and 6.5 assists over 43.5 minutes in four playoff games (2003-04 season).

Posted by Mike Hacku on February 24, 2011 at 1:51 p.m., ET

New York added a total of 235 games of playoff experience in the Feb. 22 trade with Denver and Minnesota. Chauncey Billups appeared in 139 playoff games with Minnesota and Detroit, winning an NBA title with the Pistons in 2004 and appearing in two NBA Finals (2004, 2005) and seven Conference Championships (Detroit, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008; Denver, 2009). Carmelo Anthony made the postseason in each of his seven seasons in the NBA, appearing in 45 playoff games, including the 2009 Western Conference Finals. Anthony Carter appeared in 35 playoff games; Renaldo Balkman, eight, and Shelden Williams, eight (NBA Finals with Boston last season).

Posted by Mike Hacku on February 23, 2011 at 10:27 a.m., ET

1989 - Patrick Ewing leads nine Knick double-digit scorers with 28 points, as New York records 139-114 victory versus Charlotte at Madison Square Garden. Knicks also acquire forward Kiki Vandeweghe from Portland for a 1989 first-round pick (Byron Irvin).
1991 - Climaxing a Knicks comeback from a 21-point third-quarter deficit, Trent Tucker hits a three-point bomb with :00.2 left to give New York a 104-101 victory at Washington.
1996 - Ernie Grunfeld is promoted to president and general manager of the Knicks after serving as vice president since 1991 and vice president/general manager since 1993.
1997 - Knicks record 63 rebounds and 34 assists in 127-121 double overtime thriller over the Los Angeles Lakers at The Forum. Patrick Ewing scores 34 points and grabs 25 rebounds.
2009 - Nate Robinson ties a then Knicks franchise record (since 1964-65, Bob McAdoo, 1978), scoring 41 points off the bench, including six in the final 52 seconds, to lead Knicks to 123-119 victory versus the Indiana Pacers at Madison Square Garden.

Posted by Mike Hacku on February 23, 2011 at 10:05 a.m., ET

1964 - Knicks score 19 points In overtime en route to a 125-119 (OT) win at Detroit. The 19 points were a franchise record that stood for 44 years, before being broken on Feb. 19, 2008, by a 23-point overtime effort in 113-100 win at Washington.
2001 - Knicks trade guard Chris Childs and a 2001 first-round draft pick to Toronto for guards Mark Jackson and Muggsy Bogues.
2006 - Knicks trade forward Trevor Ariza and guard Anfernee Hardaway to the Orlando Magic for guard Steve Francis.
2010 - Knicks celebrate 40th anniversary of 1969-70 World Championship with halftime ceremony during 83-67 loss versus Milwaukee. All living members, including Willis Reed, Walt Frazier, Bill Bradley and Dick Barnett, with the exception of Dave Stallworth and Phil Jackson are on hand, while family members represent Dave DeBusschere, coach Red Holzman, general manager Eddie Donovan, chief scout Dick McGuire and trainer Danny Whelan.

Posted by Mike Hacku on February 22, 2011 at 10:16 a.m., ET

1976 - Knicks defeat New Orleans Jazz, 102-98, at Madison Square Garden, giving Red Holzman his 500th coaching victory. Holzman becomes the second coach, after Red Auerbach, to reach that plateau.
1990 - Knicks acquire guard Maurice Cheeks from San Antonio for guard Rod Strickland.
1993 - Patrick Ewing and Pat Riley play major roles in the All-Star Classic at Utah. Ewing scores 15 points with a team-high 10 rebounds, and sends the game into overtime with a clutch 15-foot baseline jumper with :08 left to tie the game at 119-119. Riley coaches the East to a 135-132 OT loss, but becomes the third coach in NBA history to have coached the Eastern and Western All Stars.
1999 - Knicks hold Chicago to just 63 points in a 79-63 national television victory at the Garden. The 63 points were the fewest allowed by the Knicks since the inception of the shot clock, until they held Utah to 62 on Nov. 14, 2005.
2000 - Patrick Ewing scores his 23,157th point in an 87-76 win versus the Los Angeles Clippers, passing Elgin Baylor for 16th place on the all-time scoring list.

Posted by Mike Hacku on February 21, 2011 at 10:39 p.m., ET

1982 - Willis Reed elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
1994 - Before a national TV audience, the Knicks stomp the Bulls 86-68 at Madison Square Garden. Knicks allow just 28 points in the first half.
1998 - Allan Houston scores 34 points on 16-for-20 shooting to lead the Knicks to a 98-89 victory at Portland.
2010 - Tracy McGrady makes his Knicks debut, scoring 26 points over 31 minutes, as he and fellow newcomer Eddie House combine for 50 of Knicks 121 points in 121-118 (OT) loss versus Thunder at the Garden.

Posted by Mike Hacku on February 20, 2011 at 10:31 a.m., ET

1983 - Dave DeBusschere and Bill Bradley elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
1995 - Patrick Ewing scores 31 points as the Knicks record a season-high point total in 122-117 win over the Houston Rockets at Madison Square Garden. The win gives the Knicks a season sweep over the defending and eventual NBA champions.
1998 - Knicks trade forward Ronnie Grandison and center Herb Williams to Philadelphia for forward Terry Cummings.
2008 - New York scores a franchise record 23 points in overtime to defeat Washington 113-100 (OT) at the Verizon Center. New York shot a perfect 6-for-6 from the floor, including three field goals from beyond the arc, outscoring the Wizards 23-10 in the extra period.
2009 - IKnicks acquire forward Chris Wilcox from Oklahoma City and guard Larry Hughes from Chicago sending Malik Rose and cash considerations to the Thunder and center Jerome James, guard Anthony Roberson and forward Tim Thomas to the Bulls.

Posted by Mike Hacku on February 19, 2011 at 11:01 a.m., ET

1984 - Knicks retire Bill Bradley’s #24. “Dollar Bill” played a key role on both of the Knicks’ championship teams during his 10-year tenure. He posted 14.5 points for the NBA champions in 1969-70, and a career high 16.1 points in the Knicks’ second championship season of 1972-73.
1996 - Knicks trade guard/forward Doug Christie, center Herb Williams and cash to Toronto for guard/forward Willie Anderson and forward/center Victor Alexander
1997 - John Starks hits a three pointer at the buzzer to give the Knicks a 95-94 win over Phoenix at Madison Square Garden.
2006 - Nate Robinson wins the Sprite Rising Stars Slam Dunk Competition in Houston, Texas.
2010 - In a flurry of Trade Deadline activity, Donnie Walsh pulls of two major trades, freeing up salary cap space, while bringing in seven-time All-Star Tracy McGrady, along with guards Sergio Rodriguez, Eddie House and J.R. Giddens and forward Bill Walker. In a three-team deal with Houston and Sacramento, New York acquires McGrady from Rockets and Rodriguez from Sacramento. Sends guard Larry Hughes to Kings and forwards Jordan Hill, Jared Jeffries and a protected 2012 first round draft pick to Rockets. Houston also acquires the option to swap first round picks in 2011 with New York. In a separate deal, New York acquires guards Eddie House and J.R. Giddens and forward Bill Walker from Boston in exchange for guard Nate Robinson and forward Marcus Landry.

Posted by Mike Hacku on February 18, 2011 at 10:31 a.m., ET

1990 - Knicks defeat Cleveland, 119-108 (OT) at Madison Square Garden. Patrick Ewing scores 41 points. Charles Oakley grabs 18 rebounds and Mark Jackson dishes out 17 assists. The victory sets a franchise record for most consecutive overtime wins with nine.
1991 - Before a national TV audience, Knicks thrill the MSG sellout crowd with a resounding 116-88 victory over the defending champion, Detroit Pistons. Patrick Ewing’s 28 points and Charles Oakley’s 15 rebounds lead the way.
1992 - Mark Jackson hits a spinning, off-balance jumper, with :01.8 remaining to give Knicks 104-102 win at Miami. In the game, Jackson notches his 2,951st career assist as a Knick, moving him past Dick McGuire and into second place on franchise’s all-time list.
2010 - Knicks acquire forward Brian Cardinal from Minnesota in exchange for center Darko Milicic and cash considerations. Cardinal was waived the next day.

Posted by Mike Hacku on February 17, 2011 at 10:12 a.m., ET

1958 - Knicks assistant coach Herb Williams born in Columbus, OH.
1985 - Bernard King scores 55 points (19-33 FG, 17-23 FT) and tallies 11 rebounds in 126-117 loss to New Jersey at Madison Square Garden.
1986 - Shawne Williams born in Memphis, TN.
1997 - Knicks rebound from a 19-point second quarter deficit to defeat Indiana 89-80 before 200th consecutive Garden sellout. New York outscores Indiana 35-14 in the fourth quarter, as Pacers go 1-15 from the field.
2003 - 18 years after Bernard King’s 55-point performance, Allan Houston scores 53 points against the Los Angeles Lakers and guides Knicks to 117-110 road victory at the Staples Center.
2007 - David Lee takes home MVP honors in the T-Mobile Rookie Challenge in Las Vegas with a game-high 30 points (14-14 FG, 2-2 FT) and 11 rebounds in the Sophomores 155-114 victory.

Posted by Mike Hacku on February 16, 2011 at 10:21 a.m., ET

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1953 - Knicks win in Syracuse 85-81, in a game that saw 97 fouls called. Knicks shoot 37-56 from the foul line with Carl Braun leading the way with 21 points (6-16 FG, 9-14 FT).
1969 - Knicks tally their 11th consecutive victory and 20th consecutive home victory with a 98-92 win over San Francisco. Walt Frazier records a triple double in the victory with 24 points, 14 rebounds and 13 assists.
1998 - Allan Houston scores 34 points, including 22 points in the third quarter, in 102-91 wire-to-wire victory over Cleveland at Madison Square Garden.
1999 - Knicks become only the third NBA team in post-clock era to hold two consecutive opponents to under 70 points with a 78-69 win over Detroit at MSG. Note: Four days earlier, they held the Bulls to 68 points in 73-68 victory.
2004 - As part of a three team deal; Knicks acquire forward Tim Thomas from Milwaukee and center Nazr Mohammed from Atlanta. Hawks acquire center Joel Przybilla from Milwaukee and forward Michael Doleac from New York. Milwaukee acquires forward Keith Van Horn from New York.
2006 - Jamal Crawford hits a jumper with :03.0 left to lift the Knicks to a 98-96 win over Raptors at Madison Square Garden, ending the Knicks losing streak at 10.

Posted by Mike Hacku on February 15, 2011 at 10:18 a.m., ET

1955 - Knicks defeat Fort Wayne 92-88 in a neutral-court game held in Miami, FL.
1962 - Richie Guerin ties Willie Naulls' (1961) franchise record with 23 field goals, leading Knicks to 125-112 win over the Boston Celtics. Guerin finishes the game with 51 points and 10 rebounds
1968 - The Knicks christen the “New Garden” with a 114-102 victory over the San Diego Rockets. Dick Barnett scores 26 points. Willis Reed records 23 points and 14 rebounds and Walt Frazier posts 22 points and 10 assists.
1979 - Knicks acquire forward/center Tom Barker from Boston as the player to be named later in the Bob McAdoo trade from two days prior.
1991 - Sellout crowd versus Chicago enables the Knicks to become the first team in NBA history to go over the 20 million mark in home attendance. Knicks drop the contest 102-92.
1993 - Knicks drop a triple overtime thriller in Orlando 102-100 on national TV. The loss snaps a seven-game winning streak. This was the Knicks first triple overtime game since 1977.
2009 - Nate Robinson plays the role of KryptoNate and defeats defending champion Dwight Howard to take home the Sprite Rising Stars Slam Dunk championship in Phoenix, Arizona.
2010 - David Lee becomes first Knick since 2001 (Allan Houston and Latrell Sprewell) to represent franchise in the All-Star game, recording four points, two rebounds and one assist over 12 minutes in East’s 141-139 victory in Dallas, TX.

Posted by Mike Hacku on February 14, 2011 at 10:08 a.m., ET

1960 - Richie Guerin scores 21 points, dishes out 19 assists and grabs 11 rebounds, helping the Knicks defeat the St. Louis Hawks, 122-104, at Madison Square Garden III.
1970 - Knicks defeat Philadelphia at the Spectrum, 151-106 (second highest point total in franchise history). Cazzie Russell leads the way with 35 points and eight rebounds.
1985 - Bernard King scores 46 points and collects 10 rebounds in 131-129 loss at Philadelphia 76ers.
1994 - For the first time since 1973, the Knicks send three players to the All Star Game in Minneapolis, MN: Patrick Ewing (20 points and eight rebounds), Charles Oakley (two points and three rebounds) and John Starks (nine points, three rebounds and three assists) lead the East to a 127-118 victory.
2005 - Tim Thomas’ three-point bomb from the left corner caroms off the rim and backboard before dropping through at the buzzer, giving the Knicks a last-second, 102-99, win over Charlotte before a soldout Garden.
2010 - Nate Robinson becomes the first three-time Slam Dunk Champion in NBA history, defeating Toronto’s DeMar DeRozan in the finals of the Sprite Rising Stars Slam Dunk contest in Dallas, TX.

Posted by Mike Hacku on February 13, 2011 at 3:29 a.m., ET

1979 - Knicks trade center/forward Bob McAdoo to Boston for three 1979 first-round draft choices and a player to be named later. The Knicks used the draft picks to select center Bill Cartwright (third overall), forward Larry Demic (ninth overall) and Sly Williams (21st overall). The player to be named later was forward/center Tom Barker.
1993 - Knicks snap a 13-game losing streak at Chicago Stadium with a 104-98 win over the Bulls. Patrick Ewing leads the way with 36 points and 15 rebounds. It was the Knicks’ first win at Chicago since March 6, 1987.

Posted by Mike Hacku on February 12, 2011 at 9:00 a.m., ET

1949 - Knicks agree to trade guard Sid Tanenbaum to the Baltimore Bullets for any player on their roster with the exception of player/manager, Buddy Jeannette. They end up acquiring center Connie Simmons, who would average 10.2 points per game over five seasons.
1961 - Richie Guerin sets franchise record for most free throws made in a game with 22 in 23 attempts. His 40 points guide Knicks to a 129-107 win over the Boston Celtics at the Boston Garden.
1968 - The “New Garden” opens with Bob Hope and Bing Crosby hosting the “Night of the Century”
1989 - Kenny “Sky” Walker wins the Gatorade Slam Dunk Contest in Houston just three days after his father, Jerome Walker, passes away from a stroke.

Posted by Mike Hacku on February 11, 2011 at 11:43 p.m., ET

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1968 - Knicks play their final game at the Old Garden on 49th Street. In the finale, New York defeats the Philadelphia 76ers, 115-97. Walt Bellamy leads the way with 24 points and 21 rebounds.
1991 - Patrick Ewing, making his second straight All-Star start, scores 18 points (8-10 FG) with 10 rebounds and four blocks in East’s 116-114 win at Charlotte.
2010 - Knicks legend Carl Braun passes away at age of 82 of natural causes. The Brooklyn-native, represented Knicks in five consecutive NBA All-Star Games (1953-57) and was a member of 1953 Eastern Division Championship team. He ranks fifth on Knicks all-time scoring list (10,449) and played fourth most games (740) in franchise history. He served as Knicks player/coach for two seasons from 1959-60 through 1960-61, accumulating a record of 40-87.

Posted by Mike Hacku on February 10, 2011 at 11:43 a.m., ET

1956 - Joe Lapchick resigns as head coach. He is replaced by Vince Boryla, who becomes the third coach in franchise history. Boryla would amass a record of 80-85 over two-plus seasons.
1992 - Patrick Ewing, making his third straight NBA All-Star start, scores 10 points and grabs four rebounds in the East’s 153-113 loss in Orlando.

Posted by Mike Hacku on February 9, 2011 at 10:04 a.m., ET

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1956 - Joe Lapchick coaches his final game with the Knicks, recording his 326th career victory in 102-97 win over Rochester.
1990 - Knicks legend Earl Monroe elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
1993 - Knicks legend Dick McGuire elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
1995 - Patrick Ewing records 24 points and 22 rebounds, leading the Knicks to a 96-77 win over Indiana at Market Square Arena.
1996 - Knicks acquire forward JR Reid , forward Brad Lohaus and a 1996 first-round pick (John Wallace) from San Antonio for forward Charles Smith and forward Monty Williams.
1998 - The present Garden hosts its first All-Star Game. Michael Jordan earns MVP honors with 23 points as the East defeats the West, 135-114.

Posted by Mike Hacku on February 8, 2011 at 11:43 a.m., ET

1961 - Willie Naulls tallies 49 points (23-35 FG, 3-4 FT) and 24 rebounds, guiding the Knicks to a 131-120 win over Detroit at Madison Square Garden.
1978 - Knicks game versus Portland at Madison Square Garden is postponed due to weather/travel difficulty. Game is rescheduled for March 2, and the Knicks win 128-117.
2001 - Latrell Sprewell’s 20 points and 11 rebounds help negate two last-second Maverick miracles as the Knicks outlast Dallas in double overtime, 96-93 at Madison Square Garden.

Posted by Mike Hacku on February 7, 2011 at 10:27 a.m., ET

1992 - Mark Jackson dishes out 19 assists and scores 12 points to lead the Knicks to a 102-85 win versus Houston at Madison Square Garden.
1994 - Knicks hold Orlando to 34 points in the second half of a nationally-televised 95-77 win at the Garden. Patrick Ewing scores 32 points.

Posted by Mike Hacku on February 6, 2011 at 2:40 p.m., ET

1987 - Knicks legend Walt Frazier elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
1990 - Patrick Ewing scores 24 points, grabs 11 rebounds and blocks nine shots in a 116-107 victory over Miami at Madison Square Garden.
1993 - Knicks rally for a 108-105 win at Miami after trailing by eight points with five minutes remaining. Anthony Mason scores 21 points off the bench (nine in the fourth quarter) and grabs 14 rebounds.
1999 - The Knicks open the 1998-99 campaign with a 93-85 loss at Orlando. Latrell Sprewell makes his Knicks debut, scoring 24 points and grabbing six rebounds.

Posted by Mike Hacku on February 5, 2011 at 12:59 p.m., ET

1993 - Knicks sell out the first of what would be 433 consecutive games (regular season and postseason) with 19,763 fans watching the Knicks defeat Golden State, 105-101. John Starks leads the way with 30 points
2001 - In a playoff-style outing, the Knicks outlast the Heat for a thrilling 103-100 (OT) victory in Miami on national TV. Glen Rice leads the way with 29 points off the bench.
2003 - Latrell Sprewell (38 points) ties the franchise record for most three-point field goals in a game, as he goes 9-for-9 from behind the arc and guides the Knicks to a 105-92 win over the Los Angeles Clippers at Madison Square Garden.

Posted by Mike Hacku on February 4, 2011 at 10:02 a.m., ET

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1973 - The Knicks record their 20th straight home victory with a 95-90 victory over Cleveland. Dave DeBusschere scores 21 points and Earl Monroe adds 21 points.
2006 - Knicks acquire guard/forward Jalen Rose, a first round draft choice and cash considerations from Toronto for forward/center Antonio Davis. Rose would average 12.7 points and 3.2 rebounds in 26 games (23 starts) with the Knicks.
2010 - Knicks legend and Basketball Hall-of-Famer Dick McGuire, who helped shape the franchise’s destiny for more than half a century, passed away at the age of 84. McGuire, who had been part of the Knicks for 53 of the franchise’s 64 seasons, served the team as a player, head coach, assistant coach, chief scout, and in his most current position of senior basketball consultant. His jersey No. 15 was retired on Mar. 1, 1992 and hangs from the rafters of Madison Square Garden. In 1993, McGuire was enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Posted by Mike Hacku on February 3, 2011 at 11:30 a.m., ET

Knicks are 25-22, which is their best start to a season since going 29-18 during the 2000-01 campaign. They were 22-19 at the midway point of the season after going 17-24 (.415) at the halfway point of each of the last two seasons. New York is 22-14 (.611) over the last 36 games after starting the season 3-8. Last season, they didn’t hit the 25-win mark until a Mar. 19 win vs. Philadelphia (26th win Mar. 23 vs. Denver). They are three games above .500 this late in a season for the first time since the end of the 2000-01 campaign when they were 48-34. New York was 18-29 after 47 games last season and 19-29 after 48 games. The plus-seven win increase is tied for fifth best in the NBA. New York had an eight-game winning streak come to an end in the 118-116 loss versus Boston on Dec. 15. It was their first eight-game winning streak since Dec. 27, 1994-Jan. 13, 2005. They had a stretch of 13 wins in 14 games (Nov. 17-Dec. 12), which was their best 14-game span since 1994-95 when they went 14-1 from Dec. 27, 1994-Jan. 26, 1995.

Posted by Mike Hacku on February 2, 2011 at 9:50 a.m., ET

1971 - Willis Reed posts 27 points and 33 rebounds, tying Harry Gallatin’s franchise record of 33 boards in 115-108 victory over Cincinnati.
1993 - 17,302 fans see the Knicks defeat Washington 105-100. The below-capacity crowd would be the Knicks’ last non-sellout for nine years. The team went on to have 433 consecutive home sell-outs.
1994 - Pat Riley moves into third place on the Knicks all-time wins list with his 143rd triumph - an 85-80 win at Washington.
2009 - Original Knick guard Ralph Kaplowitz passes away at the age of 89. He averaged 7.2 points in 27 games during his lone season in 1946-47.

Posted by Mike Hacku on February 2, 2011 at 9:37 a.m., ET

Knicks-Mavericks Connections
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1956 - Ray Felix sinks two free throws with :07 remaining in double overtime to give the Knicks 105-104 win over the Warriors in Philadelphia.
1975 - Knicks acquire guard Jim Barnett and forward/center Neal Walk from New Orleans for guard Henry Bibby, cash and a future draft choice.
1984 - Bernard King scores 50 points with seven rebounds, leading the Knicks to a 105-98 win at Dallas, marking his second consecutive 50-point effort, in as many days.
1998 - Larry Johnson scores 35 points in an 89-83 national television victory over Miami at Madison Square Garden.

Posted by Mike Hacku on February 1, 2011 at 8:32 a.m., ET

1984 -Bernard King scores 50 points (20-30 FG, 10-13 FT), leading the Knicks to a 117-113 win over the San Antonio Spurs at HemisFair Arena. This would be the first of back-to-back 50 point games for King, who would drop 50 points the next night in Dallas.
2004 - In its first meeting since the Stephon Marbury trade, the Knicks defeat the Suns 110-105 at a soldout Garden. Stephon Marbury scores 35 points and Keith Van Horn adds 30.

Posted by Mike Hacku on January 31, 2011 at 10:18 a.m., ET

1962 -Richie Guerin scores 46 points (16-24 FG, 14-16 FT), guiding the Knicks to a 116-110 victory over the Philadelphia Warriors at Madison Square Garden. It would mark the first of what would prove to be Guerin’s franchise record of 29 consecutive games with at least 20 points.
1988 - Mark Jackson scores 13 points and records 18 assists in Chicago, but Knicks lose to the Bulls 97-95 (OT).
2001 -Knicks acquire forward Othella Harrington from Vancouver for guard Erick Strickland, a 2001 first-round draft pick (Jamaal Tinsley) and a 2001 second-round draft pick (Antonis Fotsis). Harrington would average 6.8 points and 4.6 rebounds in 237 regular-season games and 3.6 points and three rebounds in five postseason games over four seasons.

Posted by Mike Hacku on January 30, 2011 at 11:31 a.m., ET

Knicks-Pistons Connections
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1956 -Kenny Sears hits a jumpshot with :03 left to force overtime, then Ray Felix scores five of the Knicks eight overtime points, to lead New York to a 98-95 win at Syracuse.
1994 - Knicks hand Seattle just its third loss of the season, 106-92, at Seattle Center Coliseum. Seven Knicks score in double figures, led by Patrick Ewing’s 21 points to rally from a 12-point deficit.
1998 -John Starks hits a club record 9-12 three pointers (tied twice by Latrell Sprewell in 2002 and 2003), but the Knicks fall to Milwaukee 115-112 (OT) at Madison Square Garden.

Posted by Mike Hacku on January 29, 2011 at 11:00 a.m., ET

1980 - Red Holzman joins Red Auerbach as the second coach in NBA history to record 600 victories, as the Knicks defeat Golden State 107-103 at Madison Square Garden. Bill Cartwright leads three Knicks 20-point scorers with 28 points.
1997 - Chris Childs three-point bomb with :08.4 left is the difference as the Knicks defeat Boston 109-107 at Madison Square Garden. It was the Knicks 15th straight home win and 18th straight win over the Celtics.
2005 -Jamal Crawford (22), Stephon Marbury (22) and Nazr Mohammed (21) help the Knicks overcome a 16-point deficit, en route to a 99-96 win over Cleveland at Madison Square Garden. The win snaps a seven-game losing streak.

Posted by Mike Hacku on January 28, 2011 at 10:27 a.m., ET

1956 - Head Coach Joe Lapchick announces that he will resign at the end of the 1955-56 season due to health issues. (Note: He would resign before the end of the season on Feb. 9).
1992 - Knicks snap Utah’s 17-game home winning streak with a 97-80 victory in Utah. Patrick Ewing leads the way with 28 points, as the Knicks complete a sweep of Western swing (at Golden State, Clippers, Jazz). It was the Knicks first three-game sweep of a Western trip since December 1971.
1994 -Patrick Ewing’s 15-foot turnaround with :00.9 left caps a 32-point night and gives the Knicks a 103-101 win over the Clippers at the Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim.

Posted by Mike Hacku on January 27, 2011 at 9:18 a.m., ET

Knicks-Heat Connections
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1926 - Dick McGuire, who passed away last February, was born in The Bronx, New York.
1995 - In club record 100th consecutive home sellout at Madison Square Garden, the Knicks defeat the Los Angeles Clippers 87-74. Patrick Ewing leads the way with 21 points and 10 rebounds.
2002 - Latrell Sprewell scores 48 points in a 129-127 (2 OT) victory over the Bucks in Milwaukee. Sprewell hits nine three pointers, tying a Knicks record for most three pointers in a single-game. (John Starks, Jan. 29, 1998, vs. MIL). Allan Houston adds 34 points and Marcus Camby grabs 18 rebounds.
2007 - Jamal Crawford scores 52 points, sixth most in Knicks history, in a 116-96 victory against the Miami Heat at the Garden. Crawford hits 16 consecutive field goals at one point.
2010 - Knicks record largest margin of victory in NBA history, 27, following a 50-point loss (Jan. 24 versus Dallas, 128-78) with a 132-105 win versus Minnesota at the Garden. David Lee leads the way with 28 points and 10 rebounds.

Posted by Mike Hacku on January 26, 2011 at 11:31 a.m., ET

1969 - Willis Reed scores 29 points and adds 18 rebounds to lead the Knicks to a 113-96 win versus Milwaukee at Madison Square Garden. Knicks begin an 11-game winning streak with the victory –second winning streak of 10-plus games during the 1968-69 season.
2000 - Due to snow/inclement weather, Knicks/Wizards game at Washington is postponed. Game is rescheduled for March 8, 2000 (Knicks lost, 118-113 (OT)).

Posted by Mike Hacku on January 25, 2011 at 10:11 a.m., ET

1992 - John Starks records the first four-point play in Knicks regular-season history when Golden State’s Tim Hardaway fouls him, as he hits a three-pointer in 114-109 victory at Oakland Coliseum. Patrick Ewing adds 35 points and 21 rebounds in the win.
1997 - Chris Childs records a triple-double with 13 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists in 113-104 (OT) loss at Charlotte Hornets.
2002 - Knicks overcome a 19-point deficit, outscoring Phoenix 48-24 the rest of the way for a 96-91 comeback win at Madison Square Garden. Allan Houston scores 29 points and Kurt Thomas adds 27 points.
2010 - Knicks suffer worst home loss in franchise history (second worst overall), falling to the Mavericks 128-78 at the Garden.

Posted by Mike Hacku on January 24, 2011 at 10:17 a.m., ET

Knicks-Wizards Connections
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1951 - Knicks drop the longest game in franchise history - a four overtime game at Rochester, 102-92. Vince Boryla scores 24 points in the losing effort.
1968 - Three weeks before the Old Garden closes its doors, it hosts its third NBA All-Star Game. Philadelphia’s Hal Greer scores 21 points, including 19 in the third quarter, as the East cruises to a 144-124 win. The 1968 All-Star Game is the first NBA All-Star Game that is televised coast-to-coast on a major network (ABC) in prime time. Dick Barnett (15 points) and Willis Reed (16 points) represent the Knicks.
1980 - Micheal Ray Richardson scores 22 points and dishes out 18 assists to lead the Knicks to a 119-109 win at Phoenix.
1991 - Patrick Ewing scores 34 points, grabs 11 rebounds and blocks nine shots, leading the Knicks to a 109-94 win over the Jazz. The victory snapped a six-game losing streak at The Salt Palace.

Posted by Mike Hacku on January 23, 2011 at 11:18 a.m., ET

1968 - Neil Cohalan, the first coach in Knicks history, passes away at the age of 61. He posted a 33-27 record in his lone season on the Knicks bench.
1993 - Knicks defeats the 76ers in Philadelphia 109-91, behind Patrick Ewing’s 34 points and 15 rebounds and John Starks, 32 points. Rolando Blackman appears in his 900th career regular season game and fouls out for the first time.
1999 - Knicks sign free agent, three-year veteran forward Kurt Thomas. Thomas would spend seven seasons in New York, averaging 11.2 points in 530 regular season games and 6.6 points in 45 postseason games.
2005 - Lenny Wilkens resigns as head coach after guiding the Knicks to a 40-41 record over parts of two seasons. Herb Williams is named interim coach.

Posted by Mike Hacku on January 22, 2011 at 8:34 a.m., ET

1954 - The Old Garden hosts the NBA All-Star Game for the first time with the East defeating the West, 98-93 (OT), behind Bob Cousy’s 20 points and George Mikan’s two underhand free throws with no time left in regulation. Knicks coach Joe Lapchick and Carl Braun, Harry Gallatin and Dick McGuire are on the Eastern squad. It’s the first of three NBA All-Star Games played at the Old Garden.
1968 - Cazzie Russell scores 42 points (15-26 FG, 12-15 FT) and grabs five rebounds to lead the Knicks to a 115-103 victory at Detroit.
1982 - The founding father of the Knicks, Ned Irish, passes away from a heart attack at the age of 76.
1991 - Longtime timekeeper, Nat (Feets) Broudy, passes away at the age of 76 from a heart attack.
1999 - Knicks acquire guard/forward Latrell Sprewell from the Golden State Warriors for forward Terry Cummings, forward Chris Mills and guard John Starks. Sprewell would average 17.9 points in 351 regular season games and 19.5 points in 41 postseason games over five seasons.
2001 - Knicks hold an opponent to under 100 points for the 33rd consecutive game (second best in NBA history), in 87-74 loss versus Indiana at Madison Square Garden.
2002 - Knicks suffer worst home loss in team history with a 111-68 loss to the Charlotte Hornets at Madison Square Garden in the annual Martin Luther King Day game.

Posted by Mike Hacku on January 21, 2011 at 3:03 p.m., ET

Knicks-Spurs Connections
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1970 - Willis Reed earns MVP honors, with a 21-point, 11-rebound performance, in the East’s 142-135 All Star Game victory at The Spectrum in Philadelphia, PA. Walt Frazier records seven points, four assists and three rebounds in the win.
1986 - Knicks play first ever game on the Martin Luther King holiday, losing at Philadelphia 103-93. Patrick Ewing leads the Knicks with 22 points in the losing effort.
2001 - Eddie Donovan, the architect of the Knicks two championship teams, passes away at the age of 78 from complications of a stroke. Donovan drafted Willis Reed, Bill Bradley and Walt Frazier and traded for Walt Bellamy and Dave DeBusschere.
2003 - Knicks defeat the Miami Heat 72-65 at Madison Square Garden on Martin Luther King Day.

Posted by Mike Hacku on January 20, 2011 at 10:09 a.m., ET

As the Knicks prepare for their road trip that begins tonight in Houston, co-captain's Amar'e Stoudemire and Raymond Felton spoke in a positive tone after Tuesday's practice concerning the teams mentality following their three game losing streak. For a Knicks roster that is one of the youngest in the league with an average age of 24.6 years old, Stoudemire and Felton both agree that despite the team's youth they must learn to overcome their obstacles on the court.

"I think we all understand what it takes now," explained Stoudemire, who currently ranks second in the NBA with 26.4 points per game. "We're the third youngest team in the league so there's some mistakes to be made, but I think if we just keep working and playing hard, we can work over those mistakes."

The Knicks have played stellar on the road this season, going 12-9 and giving them the fifth most road wins in NBA. After Houston, the Knicks travel to San Antonio Friday, followed by a meeting with Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday night. Although New York is off to their best start since the 2000-01 campaign, Stoudemire knows that the team can't get complacent and must strive to get better every day.

"We can't get comfortable with what we've done so far. I think we have a lot of room to improve and we can get better. We have to make sure we take that motivation into the next three games."

Raymond Felton, who has been playing banged-up with hand and ankle injuries, has shown his toughness and leadership by grinding out games for the 22-18 Knicks. "I think I have to play in a sense (to be a leader), but on top of that, that's just my personality. I want to play, and I'm going to fight through anything," said Felton after Tuesday's practice.

With Danilo Gallinari now healthy and Ronny Turiaf probable for tonight's game in Houston, the Knicks are close to full strength and eager to get back to their winning ways. After the Knicks last meeting with the Rockets on November 14th proved to be a 104-96 loss, Raymond Felton and the rest of the team believe they can come away with a victory this time around and carry the momentum through the rest of the road trip.

"Hopefully, going now to Houston for the first game, we can take care of business," said Felton. "Then get on to San Antonio and get on to Oklahoma City and come home 3-0."

Posted by Mike Hacku on January 19, 2011 at 12:53 p.m., ET

1955 - Knicks defeat Rochester in a neutral-site game at Hershey, PA, 98-83. Carl Braun scores 23 points and Harry Gallatin adds 21 points and 10 rebounds.
1964 - Johnny Green, who had missed seven of 11 foul shots prior, sinks two free throws with one second remaining on the clock, to give the Knicks a 109-107 win at Baltimore.
1995 - Patrick Ewing hauls in 18 rebounds and John Starks scores 22 points as the Knicks return to Houston for the first time since the 1994 NBA Finals and defeat the defending champions, 93-77.
1998 - Knicks record 21st consecutive win over the Celtics with a 98-92 win at the Garden on Martin Luther King Day. Allan Houston and Chris Mills score 23 points apiece.
2004 - Stephon Marbury scores a game-high 28 points (24 in the second half) and adds 14 assists as Knicks run winning streak to four with a 90-79 win over Toronto in the annual Martin Luther King Day matinee at the Garden.

Posted by Mike Hacku on January 19, 2011 at 10:05 a.m., ET

Knicks-Rockets Connections
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1955 - The Old Garden hosts the All-Star Game, with the East pulling out a 100-91 victory. Knicks were represented by Carl Braun (eight points), Harry Gallatin (13 points) and Dick McGuire (three points).
1988 - Mark Jackson records a triple-double with 11 points, 10 rebounds and 13 assists in a 110-102 victory versus Atlanta at the Garden.
1993 - Knicks delight the home sellout crowd on Martin Luther King Day with a 106-103 victory over Phoenix. Patrick Ewing scores 35 points and John Starks adds 21 points off the bench.

Posted by Mike Hacku on January 18, 2011 at 11:20 a.m., ET

1994 - Patrick Ewing scores 34 points (12-22 FG, 10-12 FT) in 106-94 win versus Minnesota, becoming the 68th player in NBA history to reach 15,000 career points, while moving into first place on the franchise’s free throw made list (3,146).

Posted by Mike Hacku on January 17, 2011 at 12:07 p.m., ET

Knicks-Suns Connections
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1979 - Ray Williams comes off the bench and scores 13 points and hands out 15 assists in 30 minutes, helping the Knicks edge the Detroit Pistons 111-110 at Madison Square Garden.
1989 - Knicks win fifth straight with a 116-106 Martin Luther King Day victory over San Antonio at Madison Square Garden. Mark Jackson records a triple double with 24 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds.
2002 - Latrell Sprewell sinks a then franchise record 41 consecutive free throws and also sees his streak come to an end the same night, going 5-for-7 from the line, in the Knicks 101-100 loss at Boston. The record has since been passed by Chris Duhon’s 44 straight (Nov. 29-Dec. 21, 2008) and Danilo Gallinari’s 43 (Nov. 17-24, 2010).

Posted by Mike Hacku on January 16, 2011 at 10:04 a.m., ET

1957 - Carl Braun (10 points), Nat Clifton (8) and Harry Gallatin (8) help lead the East to a 109-97 All-Star victory in Boston.
1990 - Trent Tucker hits a high-arching 26-foot prayer as the clock expires to give the Knicks a 109-106 victory versus Chicago at Madison Square Garden. Mark Jackson inbounds the ball to Tucker with 0:00.1 left, which paves the way to an NBA rule change, preventing a catch-and-shoot with less than 0:00.3 left.
2004 - Lenny Wilkens is hired as the 21st head coach in franchise history, replacing Don Chaney. Wilkens would finish with a record of 40-41 over parts of two seasons.

Posted by Mike Hacku on January 15, 2011 at 9:57 a.m., ET

New York’s scoring trio of Amar’e Stoudemire (26.1), Raymond Felton (18.3) and Wilson Chandler (17.7), averages 62.1 points per game, which is the third highest scoring trio in the NBA, behind Miami (69.1) and Oklahoma City (65.7). The dynamic duo of Stoudemire and Felton, average 44.4 points, which is fourth most in the NBA.

Posted by Mike Hacku on January 14, 2011 at 11:35 a.m., ET

1955 - Harry Gallatin scores 14 points and hauls in 29 rebounds, as the Knicks defeat the Fort Worth Pistons 97-83 at Boston Garden.
1969 - Willis Reed scores 10 points in the East’s 123-112 All-Star Game victory in Baltimore, MD.
1975 - Walt Frazier takes home the All-Star game MVP honors with a 30-point performance (10-17 FG,10-11 FT) in the East’s 108-102 victory over the West in Phoenix, Arizona.
2000 - Knicks-Hornets game at Charlotte is postponed by the NBA following the tragic death of Charlotte’s Bobby Phills. The game was rescheduled for Feb. 7 with the Knicks losing 95-85.
2004 - Don Chaney is removed as head coach. Herb Williams serves as the interim coach in 120-110 win versus Orlando at Madison Square Garden.

Posted by Mike Hacku on January 14, 2011 at 10:16 a.m., ET

Knicks-Kings Connections
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1995 - Knicks defense holds Bucks to two made field goals in fourth quarter (both in final minute), as they rally from a 17-point third-quarter deficit to pick up a 91-88 win at the Bradley Center, extending winning streak to eight games.
2001 - Knicks limit an opponent to under 100 points for the 30th consecutive game, extending NBA record set two days earlier, in 91-78 win versus Portland at Madison Square Garden.
2006 - Larry Brown records 1,000th career NBA coaching victory as Knicks stretch win streak to six with a 105-94 triumph over Atlanta at the Garden. Jamal Crawford leads the way with 23 points.

Posted by Mike Hacku on January 13, 2011 at 11:00 a.m., ET

Knicks-Jazz Connections
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1971 - Willis Reed scores 14 points and finishes second in All-Star MVP voting, in a 108-107 loss to the Western Conference at International Sports Arena in San Diego, California.
1974 - Red Holzman becomes the winningest coach in franchise history, passing Joe Lapchick’s mark of 326 wins in 96-80 victory at Golden State.
2002 - Allan Houston torches Milwaukee for 24 of his 44 points in the fourth quarter of a 102-97 loss at the Garden. Houston’s fourth-quarter performance ties Willis Reed’s franchise mark for most points in a quarter set in the second quarter of the Nov. 1, 1967 win at the LA Lakers.

Posted by Mike Hacku on January 12, 2011 at 9:57 a.m., ET

New York is 9-6 (.600) against the Western Conference this season after going 9-21 (.300) in 2009-10. The last time New York finished a season with a winning record against the West was in 2000-01 when they went 16-12 (.571). The last time New York recorded a winning percentage of .600 or better against the West was in 1999-2000, 18-10 (.643), and the last time they won at least 10 games against the West was in 2008-09, 12-18 (.400).

Posted by Mike Hacku on January 11, 2011 at 11:22 a.m., ET

1966 - Willis Reed scores 16 points in 137-94 All-Star Game victory over the Western Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio.
1974 - Red Holzman ties Joe Lapchick’s franchise mark of 326 head coaching victories courtesy a 107-98 win at Seattle. Bill Bradley leads the way with 20 points and Walt Frazier records 17 points and 10 assists.
1980 - Micheal Ray Richardson records one of his 18 triple-doubles as a Knick in 109-107 loss at Milwaukee, recording 18 points, 11 rebounds and 14 assists.
1997 - Following nostalgic train ride that carries Knicks and Celtics legends and officials back to New York, Knicks make it 17 in a row over the Celtics with 112-99 win at Madison Square Garden to sweep “Throwback Weekend.” Patrick Ewing leads the way with 30 points and 12 rebounds.
1998 - Knicks become the first team in NBA history to play three straight one-point games with a 92-91 win over Seattle at Madison Square Garden. Larry Johnson leads the way with 20 points.
2001 - Knicks set an NBA-record, holding their opponent to under 100 points for the 29th consecutive game, but lose to Houston, 76-75 at Madison Square Garden. The streak breaks a 46-year old NBA record set by the Fort Wayne Pistons in the 1954-55 season.
2006 - Stephon Marbury (28 points), Jamal Crawford (25 points off bench) and Eddy Curry (21 points) lead the way as winning streak reaches five with 117-115 (OT) win over Mavericks at Madison Square Garden.

Posted by Mike Hacku on January 11, 2011 at 10:00 a.m., ET

Knicks-Trail Blazers Connections
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1965 - Knicks nail down first overtime victory of the season in seven tries, with a 122-120 win at Baltimore. John Egan leads the way with 23 points.
2003 - Allan Houston and Latrell Sprewell score 31 points apiece, as the Knicks hit 16-32 from downtown en route to a 114-112 win at Philadelphia. Charlie Ward puts the Knicks ahead for good on a three pointer with :31.1 left.
2006 - Jamal Crawford scores 26 points off the bench – including 11 straight in the third quarter – as the Knicks winning streak reaches four with 92-84 win at Cleveland. Trailing by 11 late in the third quarter, Knicks outscore Cavs 35-16 the rest of the way.

Posted by Mike Hacku on January 10, 2011 at 10:46 a.m., ET

Knicks-Lakers Connections
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1954 - Carl Braun hits a jumpshot with :12 remaining to give the Knicks an 88-87 win at the Rochester Royals, as they overcome an 86-78 deficit with 2:30 remaining.
1958 - Knicks set a franchise mark for most free throws made with 50 (50-64 FT, .781), as they defeat the Boston Celtics in Syracuse, 136-123. Willie Naulls scores 33 points (13-13 FT) and Richie Guerin adds 25 points (17-23 FT).
1981 - Original Knick guard, Tommy Byrnes passes away. Byrnes, who played three seasons with the Knicks (1946-49), averaged 7.6 points in 60 games during the Knicks inaugural season.

Posted by Mike Hacku on January 9, 2011 at 10:35 a.m., ET

1966 - Walt Bellamy torches the Los Angeles Lakers for 44 points (19-24 FG, 6-10 FT) and 25 rebounds, as the Knicks beat the Lakers 133-127 at Madison Square Garden.
1997 - NBA announces the Top-10 teams in NBA History with the 1969-70 Knicks on the list.
2006 - Stephon Marbury (23 points and 15 assists), Maurice Taylor (23 points in 28 bench minutes) and Eddy Curry (22 points) extend the Knicks winning streak to three games with 120-116 win versus Seattle at the Garden.

Posted by Mike Hacku on January 8, 2011 at 12:14 p.m., ET

1998 - Knicks rally from 14 points down to defeat the New Jersey Nets, 89-88 (OT), at the Garden. Allan Houston sends the game into overtime with a three-pointer with :08.5 left and then Chris Childs hits a runner with :06.9 left in the extra session to clinch the victory.
2001 - Knicks defeat Washington, 103-87, at Madison Square Garden, marking the 28th consecutive game that they held an opponent under 100 points, tying a post-shot- clock NBA record.

Posted by Mike Hacku on January 7, 2011 at 8:30 a.m., ET

Knicks-Suns Connections
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Shawne Williams has been waiting for his chance. After being one of the last players to make the Knicks roster out of training camp, Williams has gone on to develop a significant role on the team as one of the first players off the bench for head coach Mike D'Antoni. Becoming an intricate part of the Knicks success isn't something that has happened overnight for the gifted 6-foot-9 forward, who is only 24 years old entering his fourth year in the league.

"I've just been staying ready," says Williams. "I've been listening to the coaches and not getting down when I wasn't playing, and just being a great teammate and a great locker room guy."

Now, with Knicks forward Danilo Gallinari expected to miss a few games with a sprained knee, Williams will begin to develop an even bigger role off the bench. As a player who is shooting .600 from the three point line, Williams will now focus on continuing to put the ball in the net while also being a presence on the defensive end.

"If Gallo isn't playing it's going to be a little different," explains Williams. "I might have to look to score more. If Gallo is there, my bench role is to come out with a lot of energy and make open shots and be active on defense. I try to talk and let my defense dictate my offense."

Williams has certainly opened up the eyes of many, and he credits Knicks veteran Roger Mason Jr. for keeping him ready for his opportunity to play. "The biggest thing that Roger told me was to just stay ready because you don't know what tomorrow brings in this league. (Sunday) we ended up having two players get banged up so that's going to open up an opportunity for somebody else. People just have to stay ready."

Shawne Williams is ready and will look to continue to make the most of his playing time as the Knicks roll into Phoenix to face the Suns tomorrow at 10:30 pm.

Posted by Mike Hacku on January 6, 2011 at 11:59 a.m., ET

1981 - Micheal Ray Richardson scores 20 points, and records eight assists, eight steals and four rebounds, but the Knicks lose at home to the Spurs 113-108.
1994 - Knicks acquire guard Derek Harper for forward Tony Campbell and a 1997 first-round draft pick (Dallas later traded to Toronto, before pick was traded back to New York for Hubert Davis; pick used on John Thomas). Harper would average 11.7 points and 4.8 assists in 216 regular-season games and 11.9 points and 4.8 assists in 42 postseason games over three seasons with the Knicks.
2006 - Channing Frye scores 30 points in 26 bench minutes – including 22 points in the second half – to spearhead 113-92 victory over Washington at Madison Square Garden.

Posted by Mike Hacku on January 6, 2011 at 9:55 a.m., ET

1973 - Jerry Lucas records a triple-double as the Knicks defeat the Buffalo Braves in Buffalo, 129-106. Lucas scores 12 points, grabs 18 rebounds and hands out 12 assists.
1979 - Knicks acquire center Joe Meriweather from New Orleans for forward/center Spencer Haywood. Meriweather would average 9.2 points and 3.5 rebounds in 106 games (56 starts) over two seasons.
2004 - Knicks acquire guard Stephon Marbury, guard Anfernee Hardaway and center Cezary Trybanski from Phoenix for guard Howard Eisley, guard Charlie Ward, forward Antonio McDyess, forward Maciej Lampe, draft rights to guard Milos Vujanic, a 2004 first-round draft choice (traded to Utah, Kirk Snyder) and a future first round draft choice (2010, traded to Utah, Gordon Hayward).

Posted by Mike Hacku on January 5, 2011 at 10:06 a.m., ET

Landry Fields is a rookie who is making it look easy. The NBA announced yesterday that Fields, the 39th overall pick in June’s Draft, was named the NBA’s Eastern Conference T-Mobile Rookie of the Month for the second consecutive month after ranking second among rookies in scoring (8.8 points), third in rebounding (7.9 boards) and leading them in steals (1.23) during the month of December. The spark-plug guard is the first Knick to win at least two Rookie of the Month awards in the same season since Mark Jackson achieved the feat in the 1987-88 season. Knicks legend Patrick Ewing also won the award twice in his 1985-86 rookie campaign. No second round pick has ever won the award in three consecutive months, but Fields will look to make his own history as the Knicks begin the new year.

Posted by Mike Hacku on January 4, 2011 at 12:15 p.m., ET

1956 - Kenny Sears records the first triple-double of his career, recording 20 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists in the 103-86 victory over the Boston Celtics in Syracuse, New York.
1960 - Vince Boryla, a former Knicks coach (1956-58) and player (1949-54), returns to the club as general manager after Fred Podesta steps aside to focus on the business side of MSG. Boryla would hold the general manager position until May 9, 1961.
1989 - Knicks score 35 of game’s final 44 points over the final 9:16 (including 20 points in a row) to defeat New Jersey 105-96 at The Meadowlands. Patrick Ewing leads the way with 30 points.
2004 - Dikembe Mutombo ties a Knicks record for most blocks in a game (10) in 95-85 loss to the New Jersey Nets at Madison Square Garden.
2009 - Knicks snap an eight-game losing streak to the Boston Celtics with a 100-88 win at Madison Square Garden over the defending champs. Wilson Chandler scores a career-high 31 points and Al Harrington scores 30 points in 37 bench minutes to lead the Knicks to first win over the Celtics at the Garden since Mar. 23, 2005.

Posted by Mike Hacku on January 4, 2011 at 10:26 a.m., ET

Knicks-Spurs Connections
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1965 - Eddie Donovan takes over general manager responsibilities from Fred Podesta and is replaced by Harry Gallatin as head coach. Donovan, the architect of the Knicks two championship teams, would go on to draft Bill Bradley, Walt Frazier and Willis Reed and trade for Dick Barnett and Dave DeBusschere.
1968 - Red Holzman records his first of 613 wins as head coach of the Knicks, as New York wins in Philadelphia 129-115. Dick Barnett and Walt Bellamy each score 30 points in the victory.
1986 - Scotty Sterling replaces Dave DeBusschere as general manager. DeBusschere’s reign as GM, in which he selected Patrick Ewing first overall in the 1985 NBA Draft, comes to an end.
2001 - Broadcaster Marty Glickman, who called the first Knicks game on radio and spent 21 seasons as the voice of the Knicks, passes away.
2010 - Knicks record largest win in 14 years with a 132-89 victory versus Indiana at the Garden. New York races out to a 9-0 lead and never looks back, as they open up an NBA season high 48-point advantage, en route to 43-point victory – sixth largest win in franchise history. Three Knicks eclipse the 20-point mark with Wilson Chandler scoring 23 points; David Lee, 22 points, and Danilo Gallinari, 20 points.

Posted by Mike Hacku on January 3, 2011 at 10:53 a.m., ET

1958 - Willie Naulls scores 25 points and hauls in 29 rebounds against the Syracuse Nationals, leading the Knicks to a 131-98 neutral-court victory at Convention Hall in Philadelphia, PA.
2006 - Knicks defeat the Phoenix Suns 140-133 in the first triple overtime thriller at the present Garden. Knicks are led by four scorers with at least 20 points: Stephon Marbury 32, Jamal Crawford 29, David Lee 23 and Eddy Curry, 20.

Posted by Mike Hacku on January 2, 2011 at 3:44 p.m., ET

Knicks-Pacers Connections
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1950 - A capacity crowd (perhaps the largest in Garden history at the time) fills the Garden for triple-header action, as the Knicks win on Carl Braun Night and the Harlem Globetrotters make their Garden debut. Knicks defeat the Philadelphia Warriors 81-59 behind 16 points from Ernie Vandeweghe and honor Braun with gifts and the “Carl A. Braun trophy”. The Globetrotters defeat New York Celtics 75-60 behind 15 points from Nat “Sweetwater” Clifton, and Xavier hands St. Ann’s a 66-52 defeat.
1963 - Knicks set a franchise record for the fewest points scored in the fourth quarter, as they manage only nine points in a 112-106 loss at the Cincinnati Royals.
1966 - Knicks defeat Cincinnati 147-122 at Madison Square Garden, behind 36-point performances from Dick Barnett and Willis Reed.
2003 - Knicks ring in the New Year with a 95-75 rout of Toronto at the Garden. Kurt Thomas leads the way with 26 points and grabs 14 rebounds.
2010 - Knicks overcome a 14-point deficit with 9:00 remaining in Atlanta and then outscore Hawks 13-9 in overtime to ring in the New Year with 112-108 (OT) victory at Philips Arena. Nate Robinson sees first action since Dec. 1 after 14 straight DNP-CD’s, and leads the Knicks with 41 points and eight assists, including 23 points (11 in overtime) over the game’s final 13:12. He becomes the first NBA player since Pete Maravich in 1973 to record at least 40 points and eight assists as a reserve.

Posted by Mike Hacku on January 1, 2011 at 5:27 p.m., ET

1957 - Knicks trounce the Minneapolis Lakers 142-116 at Madison Square Garden, scoring at least 30 points in each quarter. New York is led by three 20-point scorers: Richie Guerin, 23; Guy Sparrow, 23; Willie Naulls, 22, as the Knicks crack the 140-point barrier for the first time in franchise history.

Posted by Mike Hacku on December 31, 2010 at 8:56 a.m., ET

1994 - Knicks Head Coach Pat Riley leads the Knicks to a 90-81 victory at Minnesota in his 1000th game as an NBA head coach.
1996 - Knicks record the 2,000th regular-season victory in club history, defeating the Nets 98-86 at Madison Square Garden. Allan Houston leads the way with 21 points.
2003 - Knicks acquire guard Moochie Norris and center John Amaechi from Houston in exchange for forward Clarence Weatherspoon. Norris averaged 3.5 points over 11.3 minutes in two seasons with the Knicks. Amaechi never played a game for the Knicks, as he was waived six days after the trade.

Posted by Mike Hacku on December 30, 2010 at 9:41 a.m., ET

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1967 - Red Holzman makes his Knicks head coaching debut, as New York falls to Los Angeles Lakers 126-115 at Madison Square Garden.
1968 - Walt Frazier scores 26 points, grabs 11 boards, and dishes out 13 assists for his third career triple-double, helping the Knicks to a 120-112 neutral-court victory over Seattle in Vancouver.
2001 - Herb Williams named assistant coach. Williams, who is in his ninth full season (10th overall) on the Knicks sidelines, played seven seasons with the Knicks and was one of two members (Patrick Ewing) of both the 1994 and 1999 Eastern Conference champions. He also amassed a record of 17-27 as Knicks head coach.

Posted by Mike Hacku on December 29, 2010 at 10:16 a.m., ET

New York had an eight-game road winning streak (second longest in franchise history) snapped in the Dec. 18 overtime loss at Cleveland, marking its first road loss since Nov. 16 at Denver. They won eight consecutive road contests from Nov. 17-Dec. 10 with wins coming at Sacramento, Golden State, LA Clippers, Charlotte, Detroit, New Orleans, Toronto and Washington. New York, who is tied for third in the NBA with 10 road wins, started 10-4 away from the Garden (11-30 in 2009-10) for the first time since 1969-70 (13-1). Last season, it took New York until Mar. 15 to win its 10th road game. They completed a trip out West (Nov. 16-20) with a record of 3-1, marking the first time they completed a Western trip with a winning percentage of .750 or better since March 1998 when they went 3-1 during a four-game in five-night trip that took them to Golden State, LA Clippers, Vancouver and Seattle. They snapped an eight-game losing streak in Oakland on Nov. 19, recording their first win at Golden State since Nov. 20, 2001.

Posted by Mike Hacku on December 28, 2010 at 10:04 a.m., ET

1991 - Knicks defeat the Indiana Pacers 115-106 in overtime at Madison Square Garden, as six players score in double-digits led by Xavier McDaniel’s 32 points and 13 rebounds. Greg Anthony makes his first pro start, filling in for Mark Jackson (birth of son), and scores 20 points with 13 assists. John Starks drains a three pointer with :01.6 left to force the extra period.
2005 - For the first time in team’s recorded day-by-day history (1964-65), no Knicks starter scores in double figures as New York absorbs second straight wire-to-wire loss, in 105-95 defeat at Orlando. Eddy Curry scores 29 points and Jamal Crawford adds 24 points off the bench.
2007 - Boxing legend Roy Jones Jr. practices with the Knicks at the Training Center in preparation for his January 19 bout with Felix Trinidad at MSG.

Posted by Mike Hacku on December 28, 2010 at 9:20 a.m., ET

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1955 - Carl Braun hits a set shot from just outside the key with :03 remaining to give the Knicks an 80-79 win versus Philadelphia Warriors at Madison Square Garden.
1967 - Red Holzman is named head coach, replacing Dick McGuire (the two exchange positions, with McGuire named head scout). Knicks lose 114-105 to Philadelphia at Madison Square Garden in McGuire’s final game.
2006 - Knicks win a triple overtime game against the Detroit Pistons, 151-145. Four Knicks score 20 plus points with Stephon Marbury leading the way with 41 points and eight assists. Eddy Curry scores 33 points and grabs seven boards. Jamal Crawford scores 29 points, and Channing Frye tallies 26.

Posted by Mike Hacku on December 27, 2010 at 8:12 a.m., ET

1953 - Vince Boryla hit a 20-footer with :20 remaining to give the Knicks a 78-77 road win versus Rochester Royals. Connie Simmons leads the way with 18 points.
2004 - Tim Thomas scores a team-high 20 points, including eight in the final 3:43 to help stop a late Charlotte rally and give the Knicks a 91-82 win over the Bobcats at The Garden.

Posted by Mike Hacku on December 26, 2010 at 11:41 a.m., ET

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1961 - Richie Guerin nets 27 points, grabs 10 rebounds, and dishes out 11 assists for the final triple-double of his career (16th overall), but his efforts are not enough as the Knicks fall to the Celtics in Boston 122-111.
1980 - Micheal Ray Richardson records a franchise record nine steals, but the Knicks lose at Chicago 117-114. Richardson recorded 19 points, six rebounds and six assists to go with the nine steals.
2005 - A seven-game losing streak is halted with 98-90 win over Utah at Madison Square Garden. Jamal Crawford comes off the bench for 28 points as the Knicks sweep the season series versus the Jazz for the second straight year. Following three-day NYC transit strike, Knicks offer one-time discount to fans presenting a Metrocard at The Garden box office.

Posted by Mike Hacku on December 23, 2010 at 10:15 a.m., ET

Knicks rookie Landry Fields has had a whirlwind start to his young career ever since being selected 39th overall in June's NBA Draft, but you wouldn't notice that by his play on the court. The high-energy guard has started all 28 games for the Knicks this season and also has a Eastern Conference T-Mobile Rookie of the Month award under his belt. Fields credits a good deal of his success to Knicks veterans Raymond Felton and Amar'e Stoudemire for helping him understand the diligence it takes to be an NBA player.

"Through them, I think the biggest thing I've learned is that it's a long season," Fields explains. "You need to have a short term memory and go into each game thinking you're on a hot streak. It's different challenges each game with personnel on different teams."

Since Fields and Timofey Mozgov became the first Knicks rookies to start on Opening Night since Kenny “Sky” Walker in 1986, Fields has gone on to average 10.3 points (fourth among rookies) on .514 shooting from the field to go along with 7.4 rebounds, making him the top rebounding guard in the NBA.

"Rebounding is just an effort thing and heart. I try to bring high energy to the court every time I play," says the 6-7 Stanford grad.

As the surprising rookie will look to continue his success for the Knicks this season, he admits that the talent surrounding him on the basketball court has helped his rapid growth as a player. As a student of the game who is still learning every day, Fields understands his role on the team which has led to a Knicks team high plus-91 scoring rating when he's on the court.

"It's been great. Players like that, they take a lot of the burden out of me, and being able to play with guys as talented as they are has really helped my game."

Posted by Mike Hacku on December 22, 2010 at 1:51 a.m., ET

1962 - Knicks jump out to a 21-point halftime lead and cruise to a 120-106 win in Boston over the eventual champion Celtics. Richie Guerin leads the way with 37 points.
1999 - Patrick Ewing’s 15-foot jumper from the right wing with :21.3 left gives New York the lead for good, as they defeat the Raptors 91-90 at Madison Square Garden.
2003 - Isiah Thomas named president, basketball operations. Scott Layden is relieved of his duties as president and general manager. Steve Mills is promoted to president and chief operating officer, MSG Sports.

Posted by Mike Hacku on December 22, 2010 at 10:06 a.m., ET

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1984 - Bernard King scores 43 points as the Knicks fall in Washington 125-111. The performance starts a streak in which King sets the franchise record for most points in two (103), three (139), four (178), and five (215) consecutive games.
2008 - Chris Duhon (6-7 FT) surpasses Latrell Sprewell’s mark of 41 consecutive free throws made in the 124-105 loss at Boston, setting a Knicks franchise record of 44 straight free throws made.

Posted by Mike Hacku on December 21, 2010 at 10:51 a.m., ET

1947 - Knicks defeat Boston 70-58 in the first “Matinee” game at Madison Square Garden. Dick Holub leads the way with 17 points.
1968 - The Knicks rout the Pistons in Detroit 135-87. The 48-point margin is tied for the largest margin of victory in franchise history. Dave DeBusschere, in his Knicks debut, scores 21 points and grabs 15 rebounds and Walt Frazier scores 16 points and grabs eight boards.
1997 - Patrick Ewing suffers the most devastating injury of his career, a Lunate dislocation and torn ligaments of the right wrist, in the final seconds of the first half of a 98-78 loss at Milwaukee. The injury sidelines the perennial All-Star until the second round of the playoffs.
2006 - In a modern-day “Miracle on 33rd Street”, David Lee’s soaring tip-in off a Jamal Crawford inbound with 0:00.1 left gives the Knicks a 111-109 double-overtime win over Charlotte at MSG.

Posted by Mike Hacku on December 20, 2010 at 10:16 a.m., ET

1951 - Vince Boryla hits a 30-foot shot at the buzzer to give the Knicks a 69-67 win versus the Minneapolis Lakers at Madison Square Garden.
1959 - Carl Braun is named player/coach after Fuzzy Levane resigns, becoming the fifth coach in franchise history. Braun would amass a record of 40-87 over parts of two seasons.
1992 - The Knicks end eight years of frustration at Boston Garden, routing the Celtics, 113-87, to break a 23-game regular season losing streak on the fabled parquet floor. It is the first regular season win at Boston since Feb 29, 1984.
2006 - Stephon Marbury hits a driving, buzzer-beating layup to give the Knicks a 97-96 (OT) win over Utah at Madison Square Garden. The Knicks dressed the minimum, eight players in the contest, as it was the first game following a melee with the Nuggets.
2009 - Knicks record biggest comeback victory in more than five years, rallying from a 20-point deficit for a 95-91 win versus Clippers at the Garden. David Lee paces the Knicks with 25 points, including a tip-in with :28.7 left that puts Knicks up for good.

Posted by Mike Hacku on December 18, 2010 at 11:14 a.m., ET

Raymond Felton recorded 143 assists (10.2) over the last 14 games (Knicks 12-2) with 54 of the dimes (38%) capped off by Amar’e Stoudemire and 33 by Wilson Chandler (23%) buckets. Of Felton’s 232 assists this season, 80 have gone to Stat (34%), 51 to Chandler (22%), 33 to Gallinari (14%), 23 to Fields (10%), 14 to Turiaf (6%) and the rest to others (31, 13%).

Posted by Mike Hacku on December 17, 2010 at 11:11 a.m., ET

1978 - Bob McAdoo returns after missing 12 games with an injury and scores a then franchise reserve record 41 points in 42 minutes off the bench to lead the Knicks to a 111-105 win versus Atlanta.
2002 - Allan Houston scores 25 of his 29 points in the second half, including a running one-hander with :36.6 left, to put the Knicks ahead for good in a pulsating 101-99 victory over New Jersey before a sold out Garden.
2004 - In one of the biggest comebacks in recent memory, Knicks climb out of a 19-point fourth quarter hole en route to a stunning 113-107 (OT) win at Philadelphia. Stephon Marbury leads the way with 27 points.

Posted by Mike Hacku on December 17, 2010 at 10:27 a.m., ET

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1963 - In a three team deal, Knicks acquire forward Bob Boozer and cash from Cincinnati, and guard Johnny Egan from Detroit. New York sends Donnis Butcher and Bob Duffy to Detroit. Detroit sends Larry Staverman to Cincinnati. Boozer would average 15.4 points and 7.9 rebounds in 129 games over two seasons with the Knicks. Egan averaged 10.5 points and 4.1 assists in 123 games over three seasons.
1983 - Knicks guard Kelenna Azubuike born in London, England.
1993 - Patrick Ewing becomes the Knicks’ all-time leading scorer with his 14,618th career point, passing Walt Frazier (14,617). Ewing’s record-breaker is a 12-foot baseline jumper (Oakley assist) with 9:39 left in the third quarter of a 108-85 win over the Lakers at MSG.

Posted by Mike Hacku on December 16, 2010 at 10:20 a.m., ET

The Knicks scored a season high 129 points in Dec. 12 win versus Denver, improving their scoring average to an NBA best 108.5 points per game. In Mike D’Antoni’s first two seasons as head coach, New York finished 10th in the NBA in scoring (102.1 ppg) in 2009- 10 and fourth (105.2) in 2008-09. In four full-seasons on the Suns bench, his club led the NBA in scoring three times (2004-07). New York also ranks in the Top-10 in NBA in three pointers attempted (first, 24.7), three pointers made (first, 9.1), FT percentage (second, .812) points in the paint (fifth, 45.2) and FTA (sixth, 27.2).

Posted by Mike Hacku on December 15, 2010 at 10:15 a.m., ET

1951 - Knicks defeat the Milwaukee Hawks by forfeit as the Hawks players show up late in Moline, Illinois. The league later overruled the decision and rescheduled the game for March 8 with the Knicks losing 103-99.
1979 - Walt Frazier’s Number 10 is retired. Frazier, who was an integral part of the Knicks two championships, is the Knicks all-time leader in assists (4,791), and is second in games (759), minutes (28,995), and total points (14,617).

Posted by Mike Hacku on December 15, 2010 at 10:08 a.m., ET

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2003 - Allan Houston tallies 39 points, including a go-ahead jumper with :18.1 left, leading the Knicks to a 89-87 win versus Washington. Houston passes Richie Guerin for fifth place on the Knicks’ all-time scoring list (10,392).

Posted by Mike Hacku on December 14, 2010 at 9:37 a.m., ET

2002 - Latrell Sprewell scores 30 points – 23 in the first half – in a 97-92 win at Miami.
2003 - After going 0-for-5 out West, Knicks return home and snap a season-high six game losing streak with a 95-88 win over Denver at MSG. Antonio McDyess scores 15 points and grabs five rebounds against his former team.

Posted by Mike Hacku on December 13, 2010 at 10:59 a.m., ET

1958 - Richie Guerin scores 18 points and dishes out 21 assists in leading New York to a 106-104 victory over St. Louis. Guerin’s 21 assists stood as the franchise record for 50 years, until Chris Duhon recorded 22 assists on Nov. 29, 2008 versus Golden State.
1971 - Walt Frazier scores 30 points, grabs 11 boards, and dishes out 10 assists for his 17th career triple-double, leading the Knicks to a 103-92 win at Cleveland.
1979 - Joe C. Meriweather blocks a franchise best 10 shots (later tied by Dikembe Mutumbo), but the Knicks fall to the Atlanta Hawks, 114-102.

Posted by Mike Hacku on December 12, 2010 at 12:14 p.m., ET

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1959 - Richie Guerin records the Knicks first ever 50-point game with a 57-point performance in 152-121 victory versus Syracuse at Madison Square Garden III - the 152 points scored by the Knicks are the most in franchise history. Guerin’s 57 points, currently second, stood as the Knicks record for 25 years before Bernard King surpassed it with a 60-point effort versus New Jersey on Dec. 25, 1984.
2001 - Latrell Sprewell scores 49 points, but the Knicks fall 102-93 (OT) to the Boston Celtics at the Garden.
2009 - New York rallies from a 16-point second quarter deficit, scoring the final 18 points, to pick up a 113-96 win in New Orleans. Slidell, LA native Chris Duhon scores 22 points and dishes out nine assists in leading the Knicks to their first four-game winning streak since Jan. 2006.

Posted by Mike Hacku on December 11, 2010 at 9:34 a.m., ET

New York leads the NBA with 19.6 points per game off turnovers. They are also in the Top-10 in steals (ninth, 7.83) and opponents’ turnovers (10th, 15.5). Raymond Felton, ninth with 2.04 steals, and Toney Douglas, 28th with 1.36 steals, find themselves among the league leaders in swipes. The Knicks have also been effective at drawing charges with Danilo Gallinari tied for the league lead with 15 charges drawn and Raymond Felton ranking tied for seventh with 11.

Posted by Mike Hacku on December 10, 2010 at 1:42 p.m., ET

1956 - Knicks acquire forward Willie Naulls from St. Louis in exchange for guard Slater Martin. Naulls would appear in four NBA All-Star games and average a double-double (19.3 points and 11.6 rebounds per game) during his tenure with the Knicks. He holds the franchise record with seven consecutive 30-point efforts (Feb. 22 – Mar. 4, 1962).
1969 - Knicks defeat Milwaukee 96-95, capping off a club/NBA record for most consecutive wins on the road to start a season with 12. Dick Barnett leads the way with 24 points.
1995 - Knicks outlast Spurs in a double overtime thriller, 118-112, at Madison Square Garden. John Starks leads the way with 25 points.
2001 - Don Chaney named 19th head coach in franchise history after serving as the interim coach for two days. Chaney would compile a 72-112 record over parts of three seasons.
2008 - The Knicks version of the Jersey Boys rocks the IZOD Center in a 121-109 victory over the Nets. Al Harrington, from Elizabeth, NJ, scores 39 points (26 in the second half) and grabs 13 rebounds and Tim Thomas, of Paterson, NJ, scores 26 points (8-12 FG, 5-8 3P, 5-6 FT) to overcome a 15-point second-quarter deficit.

Posted by Mike Hacku on December 10, 2010 at 10:41 a.m., ET

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1967 - Before a packed Garden house of 18,499 (one of only six times the Knicks sold out the Old Garden) and a worldwide press contingent, Bill Bradley makes his long-awaited Knicks debut. Entering the game at the start of the second quarter, Dollar Bill nails his first pro shot, a left side baseline jumper. Bradley winds up with eight points in 20 minutes, but it isn’t enough as the Knicks lose to Detroit 124-121.
1976 - Knicks acquire center/forward Bob McAdoo and center Tom McMillen from Buffalo for center John Gianelli and cash. McAdoo would play three seasons in New York, earning two trips to the All-Star game, averaging 26.7 points and 12.0 rebounds in 171 games. McMillen averaged 9.4 points and 5.7 rebounds in 56 games over two seasons.
1995 - Knicks overcome a 10-point fourth quarter deficit, closing the game on a 22-3 run to pull out a 101-92 win at Atlanta. Patrick Ewing scores 16 of his game-high 29 points during the rally.

Posted by Mike Hacku on December 9, 2010 at 10:27 a.m., ET

New York recorded its fifth consecutive win (second five-game winning streak of the season) and 10th win in last 11 games with 121-114 victory versus Minnesota on Dec. 6. New York’s 13-9 start is its best since 2000-01 when they started 14-8. They are four games above .500 for the first time since the end of the 2000-01 season when they were 48-34 on Apr. 18, 2001. The Knicks 10 wins in 11 games is their best 11-game span since the 2000-01 season when they went 10-1 from Dec. 22, 2000-Jan. 19, 2001. New York is now chasing a 14-1 mark set from Dec. 27, 1994- Jan. 26, 1995. With a win versus Toronto on Dec. 8, New York will have its first six-game winning streak since Jan. 2006 when they won six straight from Jan. 2-13. The last time the Knicks won seven straight was during the 2000-01 season when they recorded seven consecutive wins from Dec. 22, 2000 – Jan. 7, 2001. This is the latest they have been above .500 in a season since Jan. 4, 2005 when they were 16-15. New York was 7-15 after 22 games last season and 8-15 after 23 games. The plus-six win increase from this point last season is tied with San Antonio for the most in the NBA.

Posted by Mike Hacku on December 8, 2010 at 2:38 p.m., ET

1967 - Willis Reed scores 14 points and grabs 29 rebounds in the Knicks 117-109 loss at Philadelphia.
1988 - Knicks shoot 11-19 from downtown en route to a 113-109 victory versus the Bucks at the Garden. Mark Jackson, Johnny Newman and Trent Tucker each hit three treys, as New York sets a then NBA record with 11 three pointers.
2001 - Jeff Van Gundy resigns as head coach, after leading Knicks to 248 wins (third-highest in franchise history), two trips to the Conference Finals, and the 1999 Eastern Conference Championship. Don Chaney takes over as interim head coach before being named head coach on Dec. 10.

Posted by Mike Hacku on December 8, 2010 at 10:25 a.m., ET

1973 - Dave DeBusschere scores 41 points (15-29 FG) and grabs 21 rebounds, guiding the Knicks to a 113-108 road win over the Buffalo Braves.
1991 - For the first time since 1963 (February 15 at Chicago), the Knicks win a double overtime game on the road, with a 137-128 (2 OT) win at Atlanta. Patrick Ewing scores 43 points and grabs 14 rebounds in the win.
1999 - John Starks returns to the Garden with Golden State, but Latrell Sprewell scores 21 points, leading the Knicks to a 89-83 win over his former mates at Madison Square Garden.

Posted by Mike Hacku on December 7, 2010 at 10:20 a.m., ET

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1947 - Knicks score 100 points in a game for the first time in franchise history, defeating the Providence Steamrollers 114-85. Carl Braun posts 47 points (18-35 FG) for the highest scoring performance in BAA history at the time, including 19 in the fourth quarter.
1957 - Richie Guerin records a triple-double with 21 points, 19 rebounds and 11 assists in the Knicks 112-97 win at Cincinnati.
1996 - Three days after losing by 24 points to the Heat at home, Knicks trek to Miami and snap the Heat’s club record nine-game winning streak with a 103-85 win at Miami Arena. Patrick Ewing leads the way with 26 points.
2005 - Jamal Crawford (31 points all in second half) and Nate Robinson (10 points) shine in their Seattle homecoming, leading New York to a 104-101 win at the Supersonics. Crawford scores 19 of Knicks’ 33 fourth-quarter points as New York wipes out a 13-point third quarter deficit.

Posted by Mike Hacku on December 6, 2010 at 10:20 a.m., ET

1962 - Knicks acquire guard/forward Tom Gola from San Francisco for forward Willie Naulls and forward Kenny Sears. Gola would play four seasons for New York, averaging 7.8 points and 5.2 rebounds.
1982 - Center Eddy Curry born in Harvey, IL.

Posted by Mike Hacku on December 5, 2010 at 11:07 a.m., ET

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1956 - Knicks legend Bernard King is born in Brooklyn, NY.
1965 - Knicks game versus Philadelphia is postponed due to the death of Philadelphia’s owner Ike Richman. Game is played on Feb. 8, 1966, with the Knicks winning 136-123.
1971 - Knicks defeat Buffalo Braves 130-90 (eighth largest margin of victory) at Madison Square Garden. Walt Frazier leads the way with 25 points.

Posted by Mike Hacku on December 4, 2010 at 10:09 a.m., ET

Raymond Felton recorded his second consecutive 20/10 performance (fifth on season) and seventh double double (Knicks 6-1, tied for fifth in NBA among guards), with 21 points (10-15 FG), 10 assists (eighth double digit assist total) and seven rebounds over 40 minutes in Nov. 30 win versus New Jersey. He is averaging 22.3 points on .500 shooting from the field with 9.3 assists over 41.7 minutes in the last seven games. On the season, he is averaging 18.2 points per game (sixth among point guards) after averaging 14.2 points last season (career high 14.4 in 2007-08). He ranks among the league leaders in free throw percentage (sixth, .905), steals (eighth, 2.00), assists (eighth, 8.1), and minutes per game (13th, 37.9). He recorded 23 points, 11 assists, five rebounds and two steals over 53 minutes in Nov. 28 double-overtime win at Detroit. He recorded 23 points, a season high 13 assists and three rebounds, including a key offensive board off a Landry Fields missed free throw with :08.9 left, over 40 minutes in defeating his former team in Charlotte on Nov. 24. He capped off the Knicks’ Western trip (Nov. 16-20) with averages of 22.5 points, eight assists and 3.25 steals on .525 (32-61 FG) shooting from the field, .429 (9-21) from downtown and .810 (17-21) from the stripe, following 20 points (fifth of season), seven assists and career high tying seven steals in Nov. 20 win at LA Clippers. He had a career night in the Nov. 19 win at Golden State, setting a new career high with 35 points (13-17 FG, 4-7 3P, 5-6 FT) and posting 11 assists, four steals and 43 minutes played. The 35-point performance marked the fifth 30-point effort of his career and his first since Apr. 7, 2009 when he dropped 32 in a win versus Philadelphia (none last season). He joins the elite company of Walt Frazier (Mar. 31, 1977 at Indiana) and Bernard King (Mar. 9, 1985 versus Philadelphia), as the only Knicks to record at least 35 points, 11 assists and four steals in a game. Felton recorded 19 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds over 40 minutes in Nov. 16 loss at Denver. He had a streak of three games with at least 10 assists snapped in Nov. 9 loss at Milwaukee after he became the first Knick since Stephon Marbury in 2005-06 (four straight, Dec. 30 – Jan. 8) to dish out 10 dimes in three consecutive games. He recorded 20 points and 10 assists for his first 20/10 game as a Knick in Nov. 4 win at Chicago.

Posted by Mike Hacku on December 3, 2010 at 11:15 a.m., ET

1990 - John MacLeod becomes the 15th head coach in franchise history, replacing Stu Jackson. MacLeod would coach the remainder of the season, finishing with a 32-35 record.
1995 - Knicks defeat the Bullets at the Garden, 107-83, marking their 15th straight win versus Washington - Knicks third longest streak versus one team.
2001 - The 400th consecutive MSG sellout crowd sees the Knicks prevail in an 89-86 thriller over Houston. Knicks overcome a 17-point deficit, outscoring the Rockets 40-20 to close the game. Latrell Sprewell scores 23 points and Allan Houston drops 22.

Posted by Mike Hacku on December 3, 2010 at 10:18 a.m., ET

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2000 - Alan Houston shoots 80% from the field (16-for-20), scoring 37 points to lead the Knicks to a 100-90 victory over Minnesota.
2002 - Knicks rout Cleveland 125-93 at Madison Square Garden. Allan Houston scores 29; Kurt Thomas, 22 and Latrell Sprewell, 20.

Posted by Mike Hacku on December 2, 2010 at 10:56 a.m., ET

1986 - Bob Hill is named the 12th head coach in franchise history, replacing Hubie Brown. Hill went 20-46 in his lone season as Knicks coach.
1990 - Patrick Ewing scores 50 points (22-31 FG, 6-6 FT) and grabs 15 rebounds in a 113-96 win versus Charlotte at Madison Square Garden. The victory snapped a five-game losing streak.
2000 - Jeff Van Gundy notches his 200th career head coaching victory as Knicks win in Chicago 91-86.
2009 - New York opens up a 31-point lead en route to a 126-99 rout of Mike D’Antoni’s former club, the Phoenix Suns, at the Garden. Danilo Gallinari leads the way with his first career 20/10 game, posting 27 points and 10 rebounds.

Posted by Mike Hacku on December 1, 2010 at 10:24 a.m., ET

1954 - Harry Gallatin scores 20 points and grabs 31 rebounds in 95-91 win versus Philadelphia.
2002 - Knicks and Hornets head to overtime for the third time during the 2002-03 season, and for New York, the third time is the charm as they come away with a 92-86 (OT) win at the Garden. The clubs tie an NBA record for most overtime games played between the same two teams in one season.
2004 - Inching over the .500 mark (7-6) for the first time in nearly three years, Knicks outlast Hawks for a pulsating 110-109 (OT) win at Atlanta. Stephon Marbury climaxes a 32-point night by nailing two free throws with :02.6 left to send the game into overtime (98-98), then Jamal Crawford (24 points) nails a three-point bomb from the right elbow with :03.4 left in the extra session to put the Knicks ahead for good, 110-108.
2005 - Jamal Crawford scores 23 of his game-high 28 points in the second half as Knicks wipe out a 12-point third quarter deficit in 109-101 win versus Bulls at the Garden. Knicks go 45-57 (.789) from the line. The 45 FTM are a club record at the present Madison Square Garden.

Posted by Mike Hacku on November 30, 2010 at 10:28 a.m., ET

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1965 - Dick McGuire becomes the eighth head coach in franchise history. McGuire would finish with a 75-103 record before being replaced by Red Holzman.
1972 - Knicks win in Philadelphia, 139-91, tying the franchise record for biggest margin of victory, 48. Bill Bradley leads the way with 26 points.
1989 - Patrick Ewing scores 44 points and grabs 24 rebounds in 129-111 victory at Golden State.
1997 - Knicks hold the Suns to a franchise low 27 first-half points and defeat Phoenix 102-80 in a wire-to-wire victory at Madison Square Garden.
2008 - Knicks defeat Golden State 138-125 at Madison Square Garden, behind a franchise-record breaking performance by Chris Duhon, who dishes out 22 assists. Duhon surpasses Richie Guerin’s 50-year-old mark (21 assists) set on Dec. 12, 1958. David Lee adds 37 points and grabs 21 rebounds for the Knicks first 30/20 game since 1997 (Patrick Ewing). Al Harrington records 36 points and 12 rebounds, giving the Knicks two 30/10 players for the first time since March 15, 1967 (Walt Bellamy, 32/22, Willis Reed, 31/21).

Posted by Mike Hacku on November 29, 2010 at 10:08 a.m., ET

1969 - “What a game! What a game!” shouts TV voice Bob Wolff. The Knicks score six points in the final 16 seconds to defeat Cincinnati, 106-105, and run winning streak to a then-NBA record 18 straight games (the streak will end the next night with a loss to Detroit at MSG). The game against the Bob Cousy-coached Royals is played at the old Cleveland Arena.
1992 - Knicks break an 11-game regular season losing streak against Chicago with a rousing 112-75 victory over Bulls at Madison Square Garden. Patrick Ewing scores 26 points and grabs 15 rebounds.

Posted by Mike Hacku on November 28, 2010 at 11:02 a.m., ET

2004 - In the Garden’s annual Kids Day matinee, Jamal Crawford pours in 30 points and Stephon Marbury adds 15 assists in 108-102 win over the Raptors.

Posted by Mike Hacku on November 27, 2010 at 9:34 a.m., ET

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1966 - Cazzie Russell scores a season-high 34 points off the bench over 27 minutes in a 125-114 win versus Baltimore.
2005 - Nate Robinson hits a three pointer at the buzzer to give the Knicks a thrilling, 105-102 (OT) victory over the Philadelphia 76ers before a soldout matinee MSG crowd. Allen Iverson hits a three with :06.2 left in overtime to tie the score at 102. The Knicks elect not to call a timeout and Robinson swishes a rainbow three from the right corner for the win.

Posted by Mike Hacku on November 26, 2010 at 9:04 a.m., ET

1946 - The Knicks record first double-digit victory in team history with a 62-46 victory over the Pittsburgh Ironmen at Duquesne Gardens. Stan Stutz leads the way with 15 points (5-13 FG).

Posted by Mike Hacku on November 25, 2010 at 11:48 a.m., ET

New York extended its season-best winning streak to four games with a 110-107 win versus Charlotte on Nov. 23. The four-game winning streak matches last season’s high set from Dec. 4-11. They will attempt to win five straight for the first time since January 2006 when they won six straight from Jan. 2-13. With a win at Charlotte tonight, New York will improve to 8-8, marking the first time they have been .500 or better this late in a season since 2008-09 when they started the season 8-8.

Posted by Mike Hacku on November 24, 2010 at 1:16 p.m., ET

1979 - Knicks dish out a franchise-best 45 assists in 133-113 win versus Cleveland. Micheal Ray Richardson leads the way with 16 dimes.
1984 - Bernard King scores 52 points (19-31 FG, 14-17 FT) in a 119-100 win versus Indiana. It marks his third consecutive game with at least 40 points.

Posted by Mike Hacku on November 24, 2010 at 9:51 a.m., ET

1976 - Walt Frazier records a triple-double with 21 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists in a 100-98 loss versus Kansas City.

Posted by Mike Hacku on November 23, 2010 at 10:21 a.m., ET

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1963 - Knicks game at Baltimore is postponed due to the assassination of John F. Kennedy. The game was rescheduled for Jan. 23, 1964 with the Knicks losing 130-114.
1993 - John Starks makes a franchise best seven three pointers in the first half of a 119-87 win versus Miami. He finishes the game 7-for-10 from downtown, scoring 37 points.

Posted by Mike Hacku on November 22, 2010 at 9:42 a.m., ET

1944 - Earl Monroe, whose number 15 hangs from The Garden rafters, is born in Philadelphia, PA.
1953 - Nat Clifton scores 11 of the Knicks 18 third-quarter points, helping Knicks rally for a 68-67 win versus the Syracuse Nationals at Madison Square Garden. Clifton finishes the game with 20 points and 16 rebounds.
1961 - Richie Guerin scores 47 points (19-31 FG) and records seven rebounds and six assists in 109-107 loss versus Chicago.
1997 - Twenty-four hours after winning in Atlanta by 21 points (100-79), the Knicks defeat the Wizards by 22, 104-82, in Washington. Knicks bench outscores Washington's bench 42-17. Larry Johnson leads the way with 23 points.
2000 - Knicks overcome a 16-point first-quarter deficit to defeat the Magic 85-84 in Orlando. Latrell Sprewell and Kurt Thomas lead the way with 22 points.
2008 - Knicks acquire forward Al Harrington from Golden State for guard Jamal Crawford. Crawford leaves the franchise as the 25th leading scorer in team history. In a separate deal, Knicks acquire guard Cuttino Mobley and forward Tim Thomas from Los Angeles Clippers for Zach Randolph and Mardy Collins.

Posted by Mike Hacku on November 21, 2010 at 10:52 a.m., ET

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1948 - Harry Gallatin begins a streak of 610 consecutive games played (franchise record) in the Knicks 91-86 win versus Philadelphia Warriors.
1979 - Red Holzman records his 500th career NBA win, as the Knicks defeat Houston 130-125 (OT). The Knicks overcame a 98-79 deficit after three quarters to earn the victory.
1993 - Knicks see a 22-game regular-season home win streak snapped with an 86-72 loss to Utah at Madison Square Garden. It was the Knicks first regular season home loss since Jan. 28, 1993 (110-105 loss to Atlanta).

Posted by Mike Hacku on November 20, 2010 at 9:31 a.m., ET

1966 - Walt Bellamy records a triple double with 15 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists in a 116-104 win versus Chicago.
1996 - Patrick Ewing becomes the 23rd player in NBA history to reach the 20,000 career point mark in the Knicks 92-88 win at Orlando. He finishes the night with 24 points and 16 rebounds.

Posted by Mike Hacku on November 19, 2010 at 10:42 a.m., ET

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1972 - Trailing Milwaukee 86-68 late in the fourth quarter, the Knicks run off 19 straight points in the game’s final 5:11 to defeat the Bucks, 87-86 at MSG, in perhaps the most famous regular season game in club history.
1988 - New York scores a franchise-best 47 points in the second quarter of a 137-135 loss at Philadelphia.
2004 - Jamal Crawford banks in a three-point bomb from the right elbow at the buzzer, giving New York a stunning 93-92 win at Houston and first road triumph of the season.

Posted by Mike Hacku on November 18, 2010 at 11:05 a.m., ET

1979 - Micheal Ray Richardson scores 22 points and dishes out 18 assists in 113-109 win versus Boston.
1981 - Bill Cartwright scores 31 points and goes a perfect 19-for-19 from the line in 124-110 loss versus Kansas City.

Posted by Mike Hacku on November 17, 2010 at 10:22 a.m., ET

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1946 - Knicks record the first overtime victory in franchise history with a 64-62 victory versus Pittsburgh Ironmen at 69th Regiment Armory. Ralph Kaplowitz and Ossie Schectman lead the way with 14 points each. The win also marks the team’s first victory in New York.
1982 - Amar’e Stoudemire born in Lake Wales, FL.
1985 - Patrick Ewing records his first of many 20/20 games as a Knick, scoring 28 points and grabbing 20 rebounds in 103-96 win versus Atlanta.
1993 - Knicks win a club record seventh straight game to start the season with a 103-90 victory at Dallas. Rolando Blackman starts and scores 10 points against his former club.

Posted by Mike Hacku on November 16, 2010 at 11:32 a.m., ET

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Wilson Chandler, who returned to a reserve role after two starts, is averaging 17.0 points on .424 shooting, 6.6 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 2.30 blocks (eighth in NBA) over 31.2 minutes. He recorded 17 points, six rebounds and career highs of seven assists and five blocked shots over 42 minutes in Nov. 12 loss at Minnesota. He recorded his third 20-point effort of the season (15 in 65 games last season) with a season high 27 points and six rebounds over 41 minutes in Nov. 10 loss versus Golden State. He recorded 22 points and 16 rebounds (one shy of career high) for his first double double of season (four last season) in Oct. 30 loss versus Portland. He led the Knicks with 22 points (10-18 FG, 1-3 3P) and eight rebounds over 29 minutes in season-opening win in Toronto on Oct. 27. He’s continuing where he left off at the end of last season, when he notched 16.5 points on .509 shooting over last 47 games (Dec. 2 – Mar. 15), before missing the final 15 games with a sore left groin. Wil, entering his fourth season, has been one of the most productive players to come out of the 2007 NBA Draft, ranking third among his classmates in career scoring average, with 13.6 points per game. The 23rd overall pick in the Draft trails Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant (second pick, 25.4 points) and Jeff Green (fifth pick, 14.1 points).

Posted by Mike Hacku on November 15, 2010 at 3:27 p.m., ET

1953 - Harry Gallatin scores 18 points and grabs 29 rebounds in a 91-65 win versus Baltimore.
1992 - Center Herb Williams signs with the Knicks as a free agent after 11 seasons with Indiana and Dallas. Williams would play for the Knicks for seven seasons and now enters his ninth full season (10th overall) as an assistant coach.
1999 - Fred Podesta, first general manager in Knicks history, passes away at age 80.
2003 - New York rattles off a team record 24 consecutive points in the third quarter, but falls to Indiana 95-94 at Madison Square Garden. Indiana’s Jermaine O’Neal’s follow-up with :03 left gives the Pacers the win.

Posted by Mike Hacku on November 15, 2010 at 10:16 a.m., ET

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1998 - Leukemia claims the life of Hall of Fame Coach Red Holzman at 78. Holzman, who led the franchise to two championships in 1970 and 1973, recorded 613 victories as head coach, which is the most in franchise history.

Posted by Mike Hacku on November 13, 2010 at 10:25 a.m., ET

1970 - Willis Reed scores 34 points and grabs 30 rebounds in 110-108 loss versus Baltimore.
1991 - Patrick Ewing scores 24 points and grabs 11 rebounds in 98-96 win versus New Jersey, marking the 214th consecutive game (Knicks record) that he scored at least 10 points. Ewing’s streak was snapped the next day, as he was limited to six points in a 110-107 loss at Indiana.
2008 - New York explodes for 132 points, behind a franchise-best 19 three pointers, in 132-103 win at Memphis. Wilson Chandler leads three Knicks double-digit scorers with a then career-high 27 points. Jamal Crawford adds 25 points and Nate Robinson scores 21 points on a perfect shooting night (8-8 FG, 5-5 3P).

Posted by Mike Hacku on November 12, 2010 at 11:10 a.m., ET

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1946 - The Big Apple sees the Knicks for the first time as they make home debut before a crowd of 17,205 at the Old Garden on 49th Street. The Knicks lose to Chicago 78-68 (OT). CCNY’s Sonny Hertzberg leads the Knicks with 14 points.

1980 - Knicks defeat Detroit 149-118 with 62 field goals made, the most by a Knicks team in regulation. Campy Russell leads the way with 28 points (11-16 FG).
1989 - Gerald Wilkins tips in a missed free throw by Rod Strickland with :02 left to give the Knicks a thrilling 112-111 victory over the Clippers in Los Angeles.

Posted by Mike Hacku on November 11, 2010 at 10:55 a.m., ET

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1961 - Richie Guerin records a triple-double for the second year in a row on Nov, 10 in 124-118 loss versus Detroit. He finishes with 36 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists.

1971 - Knicks acquire Earl “The Pearl” Monroe from Baltimore for Mike Riordan, Dave Stallworth and cash. Monroe, whose number 15 hangs from The Garden rafters, helped lead the Knicks to the 1973 championship and is seventh on the franchise’s all-time scoring list with 9,679 points.
1978 - Red Holzman ends his retirement to return to Knicks bench.
1994 - Patrick Ewing’s fallaway jumper with :02.4 left gives the Knicks a 101-99 win over the Magic at Madison Square Garden.
1995 - Derek Harper’s three-point bomb with :02.2 left caps a Knicks comeback from a 13-point third-quarter deficit to lift New York to a 110-109 victory at Washington.

Posted by Mike Hacku on November 10, 2010 at 10:36 a.m., ET

1965 - Knicks game versus St. Louis is postponed due to the great blackout in New York. The game would be played on February 22 with the Knicks winning 113-108.

1969 - Knicks win ninth straight, defeating the team they would later face in the NBA Finals, the Los Angeles Lakers, 112-102 at The Forum. Willis Reed scores 35 points and grabs 16 rebounds. Dick Barnett scores 24 points. Bill Bradley scores 21 points and Walt Frazier records 12 points, 10 assists and six rebounds.
2008 - New York defeats the previously unbeaten 5-0 Utah Jazz, 107-99, at Madison Square Garden to improve to two games above .500, 4-2, for the first time since Jan. 1, 2005. Jamal Crawford leads the way with 32 points.

Posted by Mike Hacku on November 9, 2010 at 10:10 a.m., ET

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1988 - Patrick Ewing scores 18 points, grabs 18 rebounds and blocks five shots in 126-117 win versus Chicago.

1994 - New York overcomes a 20 points deficit, 47-27, to defeat the Lakers 117-113 in the home opener at Madison Square Garden.
2006 - Jamal Crawford caps a 35-point night by stealing Eduardo Najera’s pass, then nailing a rainbow three pointer with :03.7 left to give the Knicks a 109-107 win at Denver.

Posted by Mike Hacku on November 8, 2010 at 10:23 a.m., ET

1946 - The Knicks hit the radio waves for the first time, as Marty Glickman and Sarah Palfrey Cook broadcast the 68-63 win at St. Louis on WHN.

1957 - Charlie Tyra establishes a Knicks record, going 0-15 from the field, in 113-101 loss at Philadelphia.
1993 - Patrick Ewing scores a season-high 44 points, Charles Oakley hauls down a season-best 22 rebounds to go with 19 points, and John Starks hits a three with 1.7 left to force overtime in Cleveland en route to a 115-107 (OT) over the Cavaliers.
2003 - Allan Houston pours in 39 points and Keith Van Horn adds 20 points in a pulsating, come-from-behind 114-111 win over Sacramento at the Garden. Knicks score 71 points in the second half to fuel the comeback.
2008 - New York wins in Washington 114-108 behind 36 assists on 46 field goal attempts. Chris Duhon dishes out 12 assists with no turnovers in the victory.

Posted by Mike Hacku on November 7, 2010 at 9:56 a.m., ET

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1992 - New York opens the 1992-93 season with a 106-94 victory at Atlanta. Patrick Ewing leads five double-digit scorers with 22 points.

2010 - Knicks lose to Cleveland 100-91 in first national telecast at the Garden since 2006. Madison Square Garden honors several members of the newly-crowned World Champion New York Yankees, including Alex Rodriguez, CC Sabathia, Mark Teixeira, Robinson Cano and Reggie Jackson.

Posted by Mike Hacku on November 6, 2010 at 6:34 p.m., ET

New York shot a blistering 16-24 (.667) from downtown in last night’s 120-112 victory in Chicago. Toney Douglas led the way going 5-9 (.556) from long distance. Raymond Felton went 4-6 (.667) and Danilo Gallinari, 4-4 (1.000). Wilson Chandler, Landry Fields and Bill Walker each hit a triple, as well. The 16 threes marked the 11th time in franchise history that New York hit at least 16 threes in a game. Of those 11 games, the .667 mark was by far the best. The franchise record for three pointers made is 19 set on Nov. 12, 2008 at Memphis. The team hit 17 treys on three occasions, most recently in Jan. 26, 2010 win at Minnesota, and 16 triples on seven occasions. Last season, New York ranked second, behind Orlando, in three pointers made and attempted (9.06-26.16).

Posted by Mike Hacku on November 5, 2010 at 12:16 p.m., ET

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1988 - Patrick Ewing scores 12 points and blocks five shots in 112-102 loss at New Jersey. This was the first of an NBA record 145 consecutive games that Ewing recorded at least one block.

1991 - The Knicks City Dancers debut in 113-85 home-opening win versus Milwaukee. Patrick Ewing leads the way with 24 points.
1993 - New York opens the 1993-94 campaign with a 111-108 victory at Boston. Patrick Ewing scores 32 points, in what would be the Knicks first of a franchise-best seven wins to start the season.
2008 - Nate Robinson scores 19 points in the second quarter to help lead the Knicks to a 101-98 victory over Larry Brown’s Charlotte Bobcats, in his first game back at Madison Square Garden since his dismissal.

Posted by Mike Hacku on November 5, 2010 at 11:29 a.m., ET

1950 - Nat (Sweetwater) Clifton becomes the first African American player in New York Knicks history, suiting up in the 87-76 loss at Tri-Cities. Clifton scores 16 points on 7-of-16 shooting and posts 12 rebounds and four assists.

1994 - Knicks open the season with a 120-107 victory over the Celtics in the final opening night game at Boston Garden. Charles Smith leads the Knicks with 23 points.
1995 - John Starks scores 13 points with two treys in the Knicks 84-71 win at Milwaukee, giving him 32 consecutive games with at least one made three. Starks streak lasted from Feb. 26, 1995 – Nov. 4, 1995.
2002 - The fifth-longest home sellout streak in NBA history comes to an end as a below-capacity Monday night crowd of 18,100 sees the Knicks lose to Milwaukee 97-88 at the Garden, ending New York’s streak of 433 consecutive home sellouts (regular season and playoffs).

Posted by Mike Hacku on November 4, 2010 at 10:24 a.m., ET

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1956 - Kenny Sears establishes a Knicks record with 13 free throws made in a quarter and 16 made in the half in 113-107 win at Boston. Sears finished the game with 23 points and 10 rebounds.

1960 - Garden president Irving Mitchell Felt announces plans for a new Madison Square Garden – Garden IV .
1995 - Patrick Ewing plays in his 760th career game as a Knick, passing Walt Frazier atop the Knicks all-time list. Ewing scores 19 points and grabs four rebounds in the 106-100 season-opening win at Detroit.

Posted by Mike Hacku on November 3, 2010 at 10:47 a.m., ET

1990 - Knicks open the 1990-91 campaign with a 134-130 (OT) victory in Charlotte. Patrick Ewing leads the way with 38 points and 12 rebounds. The victory was the Knicks first opening night win since 1984.
1999 - Knicks open defense of Eastern Conference Championship with a wire-to-wire 92-84 victory over Cleveland at Madison Square Garden. Larry Johnson leads the way with 24 points.
2000 - Knicks rebound from a 29-point opening night loss versus Philadelphia with a 94-69 victory versus Atlanta at Madison Square Garden. Knicks hold the Hawks to just .333 shooting (26-78 FG).

Posted by Mike Hacku on November 2, 2010 at 10:46 a.m., ET

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1946 - The Knicks play its first game in franchise and NBA history, defeating Toronto, 68-66 at fabled Maple Leaf Gardens. Leo Gottlieb leads the Knicks with 14 points. Ossie Schectman scores the first basket in league history.
1965 - Knicks acquire center Walt Bellamy from Baltimore for forward Johnny Green, guard Johnny Egan, center Jim Barnes and cash.
1967 - Willis Reed scores 53 points in 129-113 win at Los Angeles, marking the fourth highest single-game point total in Knicks history. Reed scores 24 points in the second quarter, which is an all-time Knicks high for a quarter (Allan Houston also accomplished the feat vs. MIL, Jan. 12, 2002).
1996 - Fifty years to the day after playing its first game, the Knicks return to Toronto’s Maple Leaf Gardens to open 50th Anniversary season, defeating the Raptors 107-99. Allan Houston scores 28 points in his Knicks debut.
2006 - Quentin Richardson caps a 31-point night with two free throws made with :11.9 left to give the Knicks a 118-117 (3 OT) opening-night win. It was the Knicks first multi-overtime opening night win in franchise history and the second-longest opening night game in NBA history.

Posted by Mike Hacku on November 1, 2010 at 10:06 a.m., ET

1959 - Ray Felix’s consecutive games streak of 361 games comes to a close in the Knicks 123-109 loss versus Boston. Felix’s streak is the second longest streak in team history, trailing only Harry Gallatin’s mark of 610 consecutive games.
1997 - Knicks begin its 52nd season with a 97-85 win at the Charlotte Hornets. Three Knicks eclipse the 20-point mark (Patrick Ewing, 23, Larry Johnson, 22, and John Starks, 20) in leading the squad to its sixth straight opening night win.

Posted by Ricky Henne on October 31, 2010 at 12:01 p.m., ET

1954 - Knicks open the 1954-55 campaign with a 94-83 win versus Minneapolis. Carl Braun leads the way with 26 points. It is the Knicks first game with the 24-second shot clock.
1963 - Knicks trade guard Gene Shue and center Paul Hogue to Baltimore for center Bill McGill.
1986 - Knicks acquire center Jawann Oldham from Chicago for 1987 first round pick (Olden Polynice) and a future second round pick.
2001 - Before a worldwide media contingent, the Knicks open its 56th season with a 93-91 victory over Washington at the Garden, holding Michael Jordan to 19 points (7-21 FG) in the first game of his second NBA comeback. Latrell Sprewell leads the Knicks with 28 points.

Posted by Ricky Henne on October 30, 2010 at 11:26 a.m., ET

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Timofey Mozgov (rookie free agent) and Landry Fields (39th overall) started in the season-opening 98-93 win in Toronto, becoming the Knicks first rookies to start on Opening Night since Kenny “Sky” Walker (fifth overall pick) on Oct. 31, 1986 at New Jersey. Mozgov became the Knicks first foreign-born rookie to start an Opener since Patrick Ewing (Kingston, Jamaica) in 1985 and Fields, the first second round pick to start an Opener since Gerald Wilkins (47th overall) in 1985. Together, they were the Knicks first rookie duo to start on Opening Night since Ewing and Wilkins in 1985. Fields also became the NBA’s first second-round pick to start on Opening Night, in the same year as he was drafted, since Mario Chalmers started for Miami in 115-93 win versus New York on Oct. 28, 2009. Of the 38 players selected before Fields in the draft, only two, Washington’s John Wall and Sacramento’s DeMarcus Cousins, started on Opening Night.
Posted by Mike Hacku on October 29, 2010 at 2:46 p.m., ET

1982 - Bernard King makes his Knicks debut, scoring 23 points (7-13 FG, 9-10 FT) in the Knicks season-opening 104-89 loss versus Philadelphia at Madison Square Garden. 1987 - Knicks acquire forward Sidney Green from Detroit for Ron Moore and a 1988 second round draft choice (pick traded to Miami, Sylvester Gray)..1996 - The NBA announces the 50th Anniversary All-NBA team with Dave DeBusschere, Patrick Ewing, Walt Frazier, Jerry Lucas, Earl Monroe and Willis Reed on the squad.2003 - Keith Van Horn sets the Knicks record for most points scored in a Knicks debut (since 1964-65) with 29 points on 11-18 shooting versus Orlando in the season-opening 85-83 (OT) loss to the Magic. 2008 - Knicks usher in the Mike D’Antoni era and 2008-09 season with a 120-115 win versus Miami at Madison Square Garden. Jamal Crawford leads the way with 29 points.
Posted by Mike Hacku on October 29, 2010 at 10:06 a.m., ET

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1967 - Walt Frazier makes his Knicks debut in 111-98 loss versus Detroit, scoring two points, grabbing eight rebounds and dishing out seven assists over 34 minutes. 1975 - Original Knick guard, Stan Stutz passes away. Stutz averaged 8.0 points in the Knicks inaugural 1946-47 season.
Posted by Mike Hacku on October 28, 2010 at 10:55 a.m., ET

1984 - Knicks open the 1984-85 season with a 137-118 win versus Detroit at Madison Square Garden. The 137 points are the most in franchise history on opening night. Bernard King scores 34 points to lead the way.
Posted by Mike Hacku on October 27, 2010 at 10:55 a.m., ET

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1956 - Knicks acquire Jerry Bird, Slater Martin and a player to be named later from Minneapolis for Walter Dukes and draft rights to Burdette Haldorson. 1985 - Patrick Ewing makes his Knicks debut, recording 18 points and six rebounds, in 99-89 loss versus Philadelphia at Madison Square Garden.

Posted by Mike Hacku on October 26, 2010 at 10:08 a.m., ET

If there were ever any doubts regarding the monumental impact Amar'e Stoudemire would have coming to The World's Most Famous Arena, they have certainly been shattered following STAT's dominant preseason performance.

Stoudemire finished his impressive preseason by leading the NBA in scoring with 25.7 points per game. Last Tuesday, the big man finished with a robust 39 point outing against the Nets to push his scoring average to the tops in the NBA; a position that he did not relinquish. The 30-point effort was Stoudemire's third in six games, and the motivated Knicks newcomer looks poised to continue his dominance on the court the season. Amar'e kept his grasp on the scoring title by netting 24 points in the preseason finale vs. the Raptors on Friday.

Impressively, Stoudemire has done all of his damage while averaging a mere 27 minutes per game, about nine minutes less than his 2009-10 campaign when he finished with 24 points per contest. It seems as if Stoudemire's dedication during training camp, where he was consistently the last Knick off the court, is paying huge dividends thus far. Amar'e will take his hot hand to Toronto as the Knicks tip-off the season vs. the Raptors on Wednesday.

Posted by Mike Hacku on October 25, 2010 at 11:42 p.m., ET

1975 - Knicks acquire forward/center Spencer Haywood from Seattle for cash and option of Eugene Short or future draft choice. Haywood would average 17.1 points 8.6 rebounds in 210 games, before being traded to New Orleans in 1979 for Joe C. Meriweather. 1984 - Knicks acquire center/forward James Bailey from San Antonio for 1986 third-round draft pick (Forrest McKenzie) and cash. “Jammin” James Bailey would play two seasons for the Knicks, averaging 7.5 points and 5.6 rebounds in 122 games.

Posted by Mike Hacku on October 25, 2010 at 10:17 a.m., ET

1975 - Knicks acquire forward/center Spencer Haywood from Seattle for cash and option of Eugene Short or future draft choice. Haywood would average 17.1 points 8.6 rebounds in 210 games, before being traded to New Orleans in 1979 for Joe C. Meriweather.1984 - Knicks acquire center/forward James Bailey from San Antonio for 1986 third-round draft pick (Forrest McKenzie) and cash. “Jammin” James Bailey would play two seasons for the Knicks, averaging 7.5 points and 5.6 rebounds in 122 games.

Posted by Ricky Henne on October 24, 2010 at 1:07 p.m., ET

1973 - Knicks waive Dick Barnett five games into his ninth season with the club. Barnett was an integral part of the Knicks two championship teams. He finished his Knicks career with 15.6 points and 2.9 assists in 604 regular season games and 14.6 points and 2.5 assists in 63 postseason games. His number 12 hangs from the Garden rafters. 1980 - Knicks defeat the Boston Celtics 109-107 (OT) at the Hartford Civic Center, as Michael “Campy” Russell hits a 15-footer with :18 remaining in the game.

Posted by Ricky Henne on October 23, 2010 at 2:30 p.m., ET

There certainly has been no shortage of Knicks players turning heads this preseason: Amar'e Stoudemire leads all NBA players with a preseason scoring average of 26 ppg, Timofey Mozgov keeps churning out quality outings as a member of the starting rotation and Landry Fields is showing he might be the steal of the second round of this past June’s NBA Draft.

But perhaps the player who has put the most emphatic stamp on this preseason has been second-year guard Toney Douglas. Averaging 11.3 points, 4.7 assists and 2.6 boards, the sophomore has forced his name into the discussion to be a major contributor for Head Coach Mike D'Antoni as the season gets set to begin October 27th in Toronto.

The Knicks have witnessed Douglas blossom as the preseason has progressed, with the 6-foot-3 combo guard displaying a shut down defensive mentality as well as a willingness to be a go-to scorer with back-to-back 20 point outings earlier this week. The 29th pick of the 2009 NBA Draft has proven to be a pest for opposing offenses, ranking fifth in the NBA with 2.14 steals per-game this preseason. Most notably, Douglas picked six pockets vs. the Nets on Tuesday.

The other aspect of Douglas' game that has impressed the Knicks has been his play alongside point guard Raymond Felton. A rotation with Douglas and Felton gives the Knicks two players who can pass, shoot the ball, play assertive defense, and run the floor. It is also a pairing that Douglas himself believes can be extremely effective.

"I told Raymond if he gets it, I'm out right away and if I get (the ball) I'm pushing it,” Douglas said. “Let's go. Let's run. We are all versatile and all athletic enough to run the floor and get buckets."

While Douglas is not expected to play in the preseason finale vs. the Toronto Raptors Friday night, it is safe to say the sparkplug guard has shown enough to make a major impact this season for the Knicks.

Posted by Mike Hacku on October 22, 2010 at 3:16 p.m., ET

1958 -Knicks acquire guard Frank Selvy from St. Louis for a 1959 second-round draft pick (Alan Seiden). 1973 -Original Knick guard, Dick Murphy, passes away at the age of 52.
1982 -Knicks acquire forward Bernard King in a trade with Golden State for guard Micheal Ray Richardson and a 1984 fifth-round draft pick (Scott McCollum). Also, acquire forward Louis Orr from Indiana for cash and a 1983 second-round draft pick (pick traded to Seattle, Scooter McCray). 1997 -Knicks acquire Chris Mills and two future second round picks (1998, DeMarco Johnson; 2001, Michael Wright) from Boston, in exchange for Scott Brooks, Walter McCarty, Dontae Jones and John Thomas.
Posted by Mike Hacku on October 22, 2010 at 10:16 a.m., ET

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1963 - Knicks purchase the contract of forward Len Chappell from Philadelphia. Chappell would represent the Knicks in the All-Star game in his first of three seasons in New York. He went on to average 11.7 points in 167 games.1976 -Willis Reed’s number 19 is raised to the Garden rafters. Reed, who played 10 seasons in New York (1964-65 – 1973-74), led the team to two championships and is third on the franchise’s all-time scoring list with 12,183 points.

Posted by Ricky Henne on October 21, 2010 at 1:13 p.m., ET

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1970 - Walt Frazier records his 13th career triple double with 23 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists to lead the Knicks to a 115-100 victory versus the LA Lakers at Madison Square Garden.
2001 -The Concert for New York City is held at Madison Square Garden.

Posted by Ricky Henne on October 20, 2010 at 10:55 a.m., ET

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1961 - Knicks open the 1961-62 campaign with a 120-103 victory versus Chicago (first game in Packers/Zephyrs/Bullets/Wizards team history) at Madison Square Garden. Johnny Green scores 27 points and records 15 rebounds and Willie Naulls and Richie Guerin add 25 and 21 points, respectively.
1984 -Knicks acquire five-year veteran guard Butch Carter from Indiana for a 1985 second-round pick. Carter averaged 7.5 points in 74 games with the Knicks.

Posted by Ricky Henne on October 19, 2010 at 11:20 a.m., ET

Landry Fields could be on the court a lot this season.

The rookie guard/forward has built off his success at the NBA Summer League and finds himself fighting for a spot in Head Coach Mike D’Antoni’s rotation through five preseason games.

"Landry just comes in and does everything good," D'Antoni said. "Defensively, he runs the floor, rebounds and I think he'll get a lot better. He's getting more confidence with his shot. He's very athletic and smart. That's a pretty good combo."

Fields sure looked confident in the Knicks’ 92-90 victory over the Washington Wizards on Sunday. With his team down two with 26 seconds left, the second-round draft pick calmly knocked down a jumper from about 20 feet out to tie the game at 90, setting up Toney Douglas’ game-winning free throws.

Fields finished the game with seven points on 3-for-3 shooting, including a 3-pointer. He is averaging 6.6 points on 60 percent shooting from the field and 2.8 rebounds during the preseason.

Posted by Mike Slane on October 18, 2010 at 2:21 p.m., ET

1949 - Knicks sign draft pick Ernie Vandeweghe. Ernie, whose son Kiki would also play for New York from 1988-89 - 1991-92, played six seasons in New York, averaging 9.5 points in 224 regular season games and 10.0 points in 43 postseason contests.
1963 - Knicks trade guard Richie Guerin to St. Louis for cash and 1964 second-round draft choice. Guerin finished his eight-year career in New York, with 20.1 points, 6.4 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 16 triple doubles in 518 games. He represented the Knicks in six all-star games.

Posted by Ricky Henne on October 18, 2010 at 11:25 a.m., ET

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1964 - Willis Reed debuts for the Knicks, scoring 15 points and grabbing 11 rebounds in 113-109 loss to Los Angeles Lakers at Madison Square Garden.

Posted by Ricky Henne on October 17, 2010 at 10:01 a.m., ET

1940 -Knicks legend Dave DeBusschere is born in Detroit, Michigan. DeBusschere represented the Knicks in the All-Star game in each of his five full seasons in New York and played a key part in the 1970 and 1973 championships. His number 22 hangs from the Garden rafters. He later served as the Knicks general manager from 1982-86. He passed away on May 14, 2003.
1962 - Knicks open the 1962-63 campaign with a 121-119 victory over Chicago at Madison Square Garden.  Richie Guerin leads the way with 30 points and eight assists.
1965 -Dick Barnett makes his Knicks debut, scoring 27 points and posting five assists and four rebounds in the Knicks’ season-opening 111-103 victory versus Detroit at Madison Square Garden.

Posted by Ricky Henne on October 16, 2010 at 11:26 a.m., ET

For many players, reaching the NBA is the realization for a life-long dream. For Landry Fields, as much as he wanted to focus solely on playing just another basketball game, he admits that making his home debut against a trio of future Hall of Famers was an experience he will cherish forever.

“It was outstanding,” the Knicks rookie said in the locker room following the game. “You know, especially a team like Boston going up against guys like Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, these are guys I saw growing up, so it was definitely a great experience to go up against them.”

Still, when he was out on the court, it was business as usual. During a sequence in the third quarter, Fields applied enough pressure to strip the ball in the back court and go in for a one-handed slam that blew the roof off The Garden. But as Fields’ explains, when the play was going on, it was no different than being on a college court. It was only afterwards that he appreciated the magnitude of his power dunk.

“At the time, I didn't really think about it. But then afterwards when I got back on the bench I was, ‘Ok, that was something special!’ So hopefully I can get in there and do it again.”

Posted by Ricky Henne on October 15, 2010 at 11:26 a.m., ET

1946 -Knicks sign center Forest Weber, who would appear in 11 games, averaging 1.8 points, as a member of the original Knicks.
1969 - Knicks win first of what would prove to be a franchise best 13 consecutive road games with a 94-89 win at Cincinnati. Walt Frazier and Willis Reed score 22 points each in the victory.
1997 - Gus Johnson, who is entering his 14th season with the organization, is named the radio voice of the Knicks.

Posted by Ricky Henne on October 15, 2010 at 11:26 a.m., ET

With Amar’e Stoudemire likely to sit out some preseason games, Anthony Randolph could find himself playing extended minutes as he fights for minutes this season.

Randolph, who was brought over in the four-player trade with the Warriors over the summer, is one of the more intriguing players on the Knicks’ roster. He is young, stands nearly 7-feet tall and can run the floor. He’s a proven shot blocker and is beginning to find his outside jumper.

But while he has shown flashes of becoming an elite NBA player, Knicks Head Coach Mike D’Antoni still sees inconsistencies in Randolph’s game. Perhaps he just needs more experience.

“He’s up and down, but again he’s 21 years old,” D’Antoni said after the Knicks’ loss to the Celtics on Wednesday. “There’s a lot of potential there, but he has to even his game out. He had a few really good minutes, and then all of a sudden he went a little haywire.”

Through the first three preseason games, Randolph is averaging 13.0 points and 4.0 rebounds in 21 minutes. The third-year forward came off the bench in all three games, but could find himself playing more with the first unit with Stoudemire resting on the sideline.

D’Antoni thinks it might be best to keep Stoudemire out of some games and limite the star power forward to a quarter or two in others during the final five preseason games to avoid fatigue. Stoudemire doesn’t need any extra work to get in shape for the 82-game season and he already knows the Knicks’ system, having played for D’Antoni in the past.

“We’re just trying to be cautious,” D’Antoni said.

Randolph is one of many Knicks fighting for a spot in the rotation, which could be as many as 10 players deep depending how the rest of the preseason shapes out. A couple spots in the starting lineup also appear to be up for grabs. It’s now Randolph’s time to show what he’s got.

Posted by Mike Slane on October 14, 2010 at 6:01 p.m., ET

1965 - Knicks acquire Dick Barnett from the Los Angeles Lakers for Bob Boozer. Barnett, whose number 12 hangs from the Garden rafters, was an integral part of the Knicks 1970 and 1973 championship teams.

Posted by Ricky Henne on October 14, 2010 at 11:53 a.m., ET

New York enters the preseason as one of the youngest teams in the NBA with an average age of 24.6. Only three teams: Minnesota (23.4), Portland (24.0), Oklahoma City (24.2) are younger. In 2009, the Knicks went to training camp with an average age of 25.2 and in 2008, 26.2. The youngest opening night roster in Knicks history was 24.2 in 1979-80. This would mark the Knicks youngest opening night roster since 1980-81 (24.57) and the fifth youngest in franchise annals.

Posted by Ricky Henne on October 13, 2010 at 1:32 p.m., ET

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1989 - Knicks Public Address Announcer John Condon, who spent 42 seasons with the organization, passes away at the age of 75. His trademark greeting was: “Good evening, everybody. Welcome to Madison Square Garden.”
1990 - Knicks defeat Pop 84 Split (Yugoslavia) 117-101 in an exhibition game in Barcelona, Spain to win the McDonald’s Open title. Patrick Ewing leads the way with 23 points and 13 rebounds.
1994 - Knicks acquire guard/forward Doug Christie from the Lakers for two second round draft picks. Christie would play two seasons in New York, averaging 3.1 points in 35 games.

Posted by Ricky Henne on October 13, 2010 at 7:55 a.m., ET

No one would have asked Reggie Miller to drive more rather than fire away from beyond the arc, right?

That was Knicks Head Coach Mike D’Antoni’s argument to anyone who would suggest Danilo Gallinari needs to do much more than camp out along the perimeter to become a go-to scorer in the NBA.

“He’s got to have a game,” D’Antoni said. “And right now his game is to catch and shoot and catch and rip.”

D’Antoni believes that for Gallinari to reach the next level he shouldn’t change the way he plays but change his mind set. He would like for his starting small forward to be aggressive throughout the game instead of waiting for a moment when the Knicks need a bucket. That means quicker shots and ball movement.

“You can’t wait until the game is close and then (say) I’m going to really turn it on,” D’Antoni said. “If you play 25 or 30 minutes, those are going to be the hardest minutes you’ve ever played in your life. That would be enough to get to the next level.”

Gallinari, who finished second in the NBA in 3-pointers last season, will likely see his role change more this season with Amar’e Stoudemire as the focal point on the offensive end. But since Gallinari and Stoudemire have only worked together for three weeks now only time will tell what Gallinari’s role will be.

“I can’t worry about that,” Gallinari said. “If I worry about my stats, I won’t play a good game.”

Posted by Mike Slane on October 12, 2010 at 4:28 p.m., ET

Knicks rookie Andy Rautins, who is fighting for a spot in the rotation, has certainly caught Head Coach Mike D’Antoni’s attention since training camp opened over two weeks ago.

“He's definitely trying to prove a point and trying to earn some time,” D’Antoni said following Sunday’s open practice. “He keeps looking pretty good in practice. We’ll see moving forward, but he’s showing he can play.”

D’Antoni admitted that Rautins had a rough summer in Las Vegas, where the former Syracuse standout guard averaged just 5.8 points in five games. But the coach also points out that every player goes through ups and downs throughout his career.

“He could have a bad November, but that doesn’t mean anything,” D’Antoni said. “He’s just playing a lot better now.”

Drafted in the second round this past June, Rautins fits the Knicks’ style of play. He is known for his 3-pointer, but has proven to be a solid ball handler who could possibly play point guard.

“There are a lot of things that he does,” D’Antoni said. “Everybody now is kind of competing for time and he’s doing a good job of getting himself (noticed). There’s still a lot of time to see how the rotation shapes out, but he’s trying to do it. He’s shown that he has some good skills.”

Posted by Mike Slane on October 12, 2010 at 11:41 a.m., ET

1979 - The third overall pick, Bill Cartwright makes his Knicks debut, scoring 22 points on 6-10 shooting in season-opening 121-104 loss at Atlanta.

Posted by Ricky Henne on October 12, 2010 at 8:58 a.m., ET

Sunday’s Open Practice at The Garden proved special not only for Knicks fans, but also served as an inspiring moment for the nine new players who were able to step onto their home court as Knicks for the first time.

The experience was especially inspiring for new big-man Timofey Mozgov. After playing six professional seasons in his native Russia, Mozgov now suits up for a New York City fan-base that is unlike anything he has seen before in his career.

“It was an unbelievable feeling,” described the 7-foot-1 center. “When I was in the World Championships there was the same amount of people, but this was only practice, not the World Championships. It’s just unbelievable.”

While this was the first time Mozgov stepped foot on The Garden court to play ball, others have enjoyed the unique opportunity to play at The World’s Most Famous Arena as an opponent. However, that doesn’t mean they were totally familiar with the building.

“Once I found my way in (to The Garden) and I calmed myself down, it was pretty fun,” said Ronny Turiaf with a grin after admitting he was lost looking for the Knicks locker room. “It was pretty cool to just get a little glimpse of what the fan-base is going to be like this year at home, and I can’t wait to get started.”

Before practice began, players’ names were called off as they ran onto the court to a standing-ovation from the crowd. Point guard Raymond Felton, who signed with the Knicks after a standout season in Charlotte last year, said that he fed off fan energy and the adrenaline of getting a chance to play in The Garden in a Knicks practice jersey for the first time.

“My favorite part of the day was just running out there,” Felton said. “They called our names out and the crowd went crazy. It felt good. It felt like a game. I felt like I could have practiced for two more hours.”

The team laughed and soaked up the fans’ chanting their names during practice. It wasn’t long before those chants turned into roars as the Knicks began scrimmaging and displaying athletic dunks and pinpoint shooting before The Garden raucous crowd.

“It was pretty loud today, so I can imagine when the season starts how loud the fans can get,” said prize free-agent signee Amar’e Stoudemire. “I played against the Knicks before, and when (the fans) are with you they’re totally with you, and that’s what we’re looking forward to.”

Posted by Mike Hacku on October 11, 2010 at 4:57 p.m., ET

1980 - Knicks open the 1980-81 season with a 114-109 win versus Milwaukee at Madison Square Garden. Micheal Ray Richardson leads the way with 22 points, 10 assists and five rebounds.
2003 -Knicks defeat Scavolini Pesaro (Italy) 119-115 (OT) in McDonald’s Open exhibition game in Barcelona, Spain. Gerald Wilkins hits a three-pointer with :08 left in regulation to force overtime and Patrick Ewing carries the Knicks to victory with 34 points, 17 rebounds and eight blocked shots.

Posted by Ricky Henne on October 11, 2010 at 10:57 a.m., ET

Kelenna Azubuike has yet to practice with the New York Knicks as he continues rehabbing from patella tendon surgery, but he says there's still a good chance he'll be ready for the regular season.

"I should be," he said. "I'm probably a couple weeks away now."

Azubuike, who was acquired from the Golden State Warriors over the summer, underwent the knee surgery last November. He played only nine games last season.

"It's an injury you have to be patient with and really make sure you're all the way back," he said.

A typical day for Azubuike includes several squats and lunges to strengthen the muscles around his knee. He recently began running again.

"Did you see me running out there?" said Azubuike, a fifth-year shooting guard, after the Knicks' open practice on Sunday. "I'm getting a lot better, but we'll see when I'm fully ready. But I feel good."

Azubuike traveled with the Knicks to Europe for their first two preseason games so he could continue rehabbing with the team's training staff. Although he was anxious to get back on the court, he understands that the end is near. The Knicks open the season on Oct. 27.

"You want to be out there so bad," Azubuike said. "You realize you really love something when you can't play it for a year or whatever. I wish I could be out there, but it's sooner than later now."

Posted by Mike Slane on October 10, 2010 at 7:45 p.m., ET

1997 - In a three-team deal:  New York acquires center Chris Dudley from Portland for a 1998 first-round draft choice and sends forward John Wallace to Toronto for 1998 first-round draft choice. Toronto sends future second round draft choice to Portland.
2003 -Knicks sign free agent center and 12-year veteran Dikembe Mutombo. Mutombo would play one season in New York, averaging 5.6 points and 6.7 rebounds in 65 games. He was later traded to Chicago in the Jamal Crawford deal on August 5, 2004. 

Posted by Ricky Henne on October 10, 2010 at 3:08 p.m., ET

As Head Coach Mike D'Antoni continues to develop his rotation for the regular season, the Knicks' three rookies are showing why they may be a part of it.
Since training camp opened three weeks ago, D'Antoni has indicated that he could increase his rotation from seven or eight players over the past two seasons to double figures this year. The reason for the possible change is the Knicks' depth after adding 11 new players during the offseason, all of whom fit the team's system.

D'Antoni will continue to evaluate his roster during the preseason and should have a good idea of who will be a rotation player by the start of the regular season on Oct. 27 in Toronto. That should be more than enough time for rookies Landry Fields, Andy Rautins and Russian big man Timofey Mozgov to continue to prove they belong.

Through training camp and the first two preseason games, the three rooks have stood out with their energy and strong work ethic. They each appear to be willing to want do the little things on the court that helps teams reach the next level, especially on the defensive end.

Fields has carried over his impressive performance in the NBA Summer League to the preseason where the game is a different speed. Showing a little bit of everything from acrobatic layups to a nice midrange game, Fields averaged 8.0 points during New York's two-game Euro trip, including 13 against the Timberwolves. He entered both games in the first half and played a total of 27 minutes.

Mozgov also played early minutes in both games and has put up some nice numbers. Despite still learning the language and adjusting to the NBA rules after playing the last six years in Russia, the 7-foot-1 center posted 10 points, five rebounds and three blocks in his Knicks debut against Armani Jeans Milano on Sunday. Three days later he scored eight against Minnesota.

Rautins did not play in the first game but he let his presence be known in the second. He displayed great help defense in his first stint off the bench and sparked the Knicks in the fourth quarter by scoring six points. He also showed that he has good ball control, which could lead to some minutes as a backup point guard.

While D'Antoni has already determined that Raymond Felton, Amar'e Stoudemire and Danilo Gallinari are locked into starting positions, the rest of the rotation is up for grabs. And you can be sure the three standout rookies will be fighting and pushing for playing time.

Posted by Mike Slane on October 9, 2010 at 11:51 a.m., ET

1973 - Five months after winning second NBA championship, the Knicks open the 1973-74 season with a 101-100 win over Detroit at Madison Square Garden. Walt Frazier scores 27 points and dishes out 11 assists and Dave DeBusschere records 23 points and 18 rebounds to rally the Knicks back from a 10-point first-half deficit.
1997 - Mike Breen, who is entering his 18th season as the voice of the Knicks, is named play-by-play announcer for Knicks telecasts on MSG. Breen has done TV exclusively for the last seven seasons.
2003 -Knicks sign free agent center and 12-year veteran Dikembe Mutombo. Mutombo would play one season in New York, averaging 5.6 points and 6.7 rebounds in 65 games. He was later traded to Chicago in the Jamal Crawford deal on August 5, 2004. 

Posted by Ricky Henne on October 9, 2010 at 10:48 a.m., ET

1983 - Knicks drop preseason opener to Atlanta 100-82 at Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Bildi, Mississippi.
2008 - Knicks drop preseason opener - the unofficial debut of head coach Mike D’Antoni - in Toronto 113-111 at the Air Canada Centre. David Lee leads the Knicks with 22 points and nine rebounds and Zach Randolph contributes 19 points, 13 rebounds and five assists

Posted by Ricky Henne on October 8, 2010 at 12:12 p.m., ET

The New York Knicks are getting defensive.

Known mostly for their high-powered offense over the past two seasons, the Knicks have shown much improvement on the other end of the floor through training camp and two preseason games. In fact, one stat that sticks out as much as any other so far is blocked shots.

The Knicks left their European business trip with a total of 13 blocks in two games, including eight against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday. Last season, they ranked last in the NBA with 3.7 per game.

It’s not all too shocking the Knicks have been able to protect their basket considering the pieces they brought in during the offseason. The Knicks, who were extremely undersized last season, built a roster of long, extremely athletic players.
Ronny Turiaf, the starting center through two preseason games, is 6-10 and ranked fourth in the league in blocks a couple years ago. Anthony Randolph is nearly 7-feet tall and averaged 1.3 blocks through his first two seasons. And Amar’e Stoudemire is an underrated defender who over the course of his career has proven to be good for at least one block per game.

Then, of course, there’s Timofey Mozgov, the 7-1 big man from Russia. He might still be a bit of mystery only days into his first NBA season, but we all already know what type of defender he could be.

Mozgov’s first highlight as a Knick came on a block in Milan. Since then, he’s gone on to reject four more shots, including two against the Timberwolves in his first-ever matchup against an NBA team. In terms of pure size, he is poised to be the biggest rotation player the Knicks have had since Mike D’Antoni took over in 2008.

Posted by Mike Slane on October 8, 2010 at 2:56 p.m., ET

1977 - Knicks trade guard Walt “Clyde” Frazier to Cleveland as compensation for signing free agent guard Jim Cleamons. Frazier’s 10-year run with the Knicks, in which he won two NBA Championships and set the franchise’s all-time scoring mark, 14,617, ( later surpassed by Patrick Ewing), and assists mark, 4,791, comes to an end.

Posted by Ricky Henne on October 7, 2010 at 12:20 p.m., ET

1984 - Knicks open the 1984 preseason with a 95-86 win over Atlanta in Jacksonville, Florida.

Posted by Ricky Henne on October 6, 2010 at 10:55 a.m., ET

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French Connection
Ronny Turiaf grew up on the island of Martinique, a French territory in the Caribbean, before playing high school basketball in Paris, France for three years at the National Institute of Physical Education. His teammates included San Antonio’s Tony Parker, Charlotte’s Boris Diaw and New Jersey’s Johan Petro. Turiaf played for the French National Team at Eurobasket 2009 in Poland, averaging 7.1 points and 5.7 rebounds in nine contests. He also represented the country in the 2006 FIBA World Basketball Championship in Saitama, Japan and in the 2007 FIBA European Championships.

Posted by Ricky Henne on October 5, 2010 at 2:46 p.m., ET

1993 - Knicks sign free agent forward Anthony Bonner, formerly of the Sacramento Kings. Bonner would average 4.5 points in 131 regular-season games and 2.2 points in 19 postseason games over two seasons with the Knicks. He made seven starts during the Knicks magical playoff run of 1993-94, averaging 2.1 points and 2.2 rebounds in 13 playoff games.
1994 - Knicks sign first-round draft pick Notre Dame forward Monty Williams. Williams would play in 55 games over two seasons with the Knicks and average 2.8 points.

Posted by Ricky Henne on October 5, 2010 at 12:01 p.m., ET

1991 - Knicks hold first training camp practice at the College of Charleston with Pat Riley overseeing his first practice as Knicks head coach.
2005 - Knicks acquire center Eddy Curry and forward/center Antonio Davis from Chicago for forward Tim Thomas, forward Michael Sweetney, guard Jermaine Jackson, a 2006 first-round draft choice, second round draft choices in 2007 and 2009, and the opportunity to exchange first-round draft picks in 2007.

Posted by Ricky Henne on October 4, 2010 at 1:09 p.m., ET

2000 - Knicks sign second-round pick Lavorr Postell to a contract and sign seven-year veteran center Felton Spencer, formerly of the San Antonio Spurs, to a contract. Postell spent three seasons in New York, averaging 3.2 points in 61 games. Spencer appeared in 50 games over two seasons, averaging 1.4 points and 1.7 rebounds

Posted by Ricky Henne on October 3, 2010 at 11:40 a.m., ET

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1936 - Dick Barnett, whose number 12 hangs from the Garden rafters, is born in Gary, Indiana. He was an integral part of the Knicks two championships (70, 73), and finished his Knicks career with 15.6 points in 604 regular-season games and 14.6 points in 63 postseason clashes.

1986 - Knicks trade guard Darrell Walker to Denver for 1987 first-round draft pick. The Knicks would later ship the pick to Chicago for center Jawaan Oldham (10/30/86).

1991 - Knicks trade guard Maurice Cheeks to Atlanta for center Tim McCormick. McCormick would average 1.9 points in 22 games during the 1991-92 season, then miss the entire 1992-93 and 1993-94 seasons due to injury.
2007 - Knicks open final training camp at Charleston, South Carolina, after 17 years of calling it their training camp home.

Posted by Ricky Henne on October 2, 2010 at 8:17 a.m., ET

1990 - Knicks sign free agent guard John Starks, who played 36 games for Golden State during the 1988-89 season. Starks would spend eight seasons in New York, averaging 14.1 points in 602 regular-season games and 14.5 points in 93 postseason clashes. He earned one trip to the NBA All-Star game in 1994 and left the franchise as 11th leading scorer with 8,489 points.
1991 - Knicks acquire forward Xavier McDaniel for guard Trent Tucker, forward Jerrod Mustaf and 1992 and 1994 second-round draft choices. The X-Man played one season in New York, averaging 13.7 points and 5.6 rebounds in 82 regular-season games and 18.8 points and 7.2 rebounds in 12 postseason clashes.
1992 - Former Knicks coach Joe Lapchick (1947-1956), guard Richie Guerin (1956-64), guard Sonny Hertzberg (1946-48) and broadcaster Marty Glickman (21 years) are inducted into the New York City Basketball Hall of Fame.
2000 - Knicks guard Allan Houston and the USA Basketball team defeat France 85-75 in Sydney, Australia to win the gold medal at the Summer Olympics.

Posted by Ricky Henne on October 1, 2010 at 1:27 p.m., ET

The starting shooting guard spot in the Knicks’ preseason opener could go to Wilson Chandler.

Despite missing Tuesday night’s practice session and being limited Wednesday morning due to a sore left calf, Chandler will likely play – and start – against Armani Jeans Milano Sunday in Milan, Italy.

“I will probably give the nod to Will just because he was here last year,” head coach Mike D’Antoni said. “But I have no idea (who will start during the regular season).”

Chandler played with what appeared to be the first unit all week before getting banged up. Roger Mason Jr., who started for the San Antonio Spurs two seasons ago, played alongside Raymond Felton, Danilo Gallinari, Amar’e Stoudemire and Ronny Turiaf on Wednesday. But the starting lineup is not set yet.

“Obviously, you know we got Gallo at the three, Amar’e at the four and Raymond at the one,” D’Antoni said. “Now, the other two we’re missing. We have eight or nine guys who could all start.”

Posted by Mike Slane on September 30, 2010 at 10:52 a.m., ET

1987 - Knicks announce four-year deal with University of New York Purchase to hold training camp and regular season practice at the facilities. Purchase would serve as the Knicks home for 15 seasons, until MSG aining Center opened in 2002.

2008 - Knicks hold first training camp practice at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY, as the Mike D’Antoni era officially begins.

Posted by Ricky Henne on September 30, 2010 at 8:40 a.m., ET

Knicks President of Basketball Operations Donnie Walsh spent two whole years in New York with an eye on the 2010-11 season. Now that it is finally here, what he has seen so far hasn’t only matched his high expectations, it has exceeded them.

"I felt good about our offseason when we did it, and now when I see them playing, I feel even better about it,” he said following Tuesday’s practice. "It's gone better in the sense that it has been a very hard camp. The players are in tremendous shape, and that is why they were able to get through it. There wasn't a day in our training camp that wasn't as hard as I have ever seen. And our players have handled it very well."

Walsh emphasized the importance of this squad being a true unit who enjoy each other’s company. Not only that, but each player on the roster complements one another’s skill-set and together they are built to succeed in Head Coach Mike D’Antoni’s schemes.

"I am excited because it is the first time here in New York we are able to put a team together,” he said. “The team we had was already here and it didn't fit Mike's style. We made changes but they were more for financial reasons. I never had a real team feeling from those teams. And these guys, it looks like they are a real tight-knit group both on and off the court."

Posted by Ricky Henne on September 29, 2010 at 10:49 a.m., ET

1978 - Knicks send forward Lonnie Shelton, a 1979 first-round draft pick and cash to Seattle as compensation for signing center Marvin Webster. The Knicks also received a 1981 first-round draft pick and cash in the transaction.

Posted by Ricky Henne on September 29, 2010 at 8:55 a.m., ET

1971 - Knicks defeat the reigning ABA champion Utah Stars 96-89 at Salt Palace in franchise’s first ever interleague preseason game, Walt Frazier leads the way with 19 points.

1982 - Knicks sign five-year veteran forward Bernard King to an offer sheet. Golden State would match the offer, but would later trade King to the Knicks on October 22 for guard Micheal Ray Richardson and a 1984 fifth-round draft pick.

1994 - Former Knicks general manager and forward Ernie Grunfeld (1982-86, 1991-99), forward Bernard King (1982-87), guard Ossie Schectman (1946-47) and forward Cal Ramsey are inducted into the New York City Basketball Hall of Fame.

Posted by Ricky Henne on September 28, 2010 at 3:19 p.m., ET

Amar’e Stoudemire went through four training camps with Mike D’Antoni during their days together with the Phoenix Suns, but he doesn’t remember the previous camps being as difficult as this one.

“It wasn’t this hard,” said Stoudemire, who played for D’Antoni from 2004 to 2008. “The good thing about this one is the fact that we came in so early this summer to where this doesn’t feel hard. If we didn’t come into training camp in shape, this would probably be one of the hardest training camps I’ve been a part of. But all the guys are in shape so it feels good.”

D’Antoni is very impressed with his team’s ability to get through the two-a-day workouts, which include agility drills, weight training and a lot of running.

“The guys are working extremely hard,” D’Antoni said. “The stuff they’re going through is not easy, but they just keep pushing the envelope a little bit. I’m really excited about what they’re doing.”

While the Knicks are still working on their offensive and defensive strategies heading into the season, there is certainly an emphasis on cardio.

“We think that’s something that we have control over and something we can improve,” D’Antoni said. “The training staff has brought in different stuff. This week’s been interesting. The players are being competitive on it so that’s been good and we have some athletes out here. We just feel that in January and February this is going to pay off.”
Posted by Mike Slane on September 27, 2010 at 3:47p.m., ET

With a legit superstar in Amar’e Stoudemire leading the New York Knicks, the vibe surrounding the team is different from past years, according to former NBA great and TNT analyst Reggie Miller, who watched the Knicks' practice on Sunday.

“Huge difference,” Miller said. “For me, it starts with the new face of the franchise in Amar’e. I’ve watched him over the past few years in Phoenix and Steve Nash and Grant Hill and those guys were really the face of that franchise. You didn’t hear a lot from Amar’e. You saw him, but this was a true chance for me to see him be the guy with his own team.

“He was the first person out here for practice. He led every drill. He finished every drill first. He stayed later on the court than everyone else shooting. I liked it. He was high-fiving everyone during some of the scrimmages. He was getting together some of his own guys. There are some guys who lead by their vocal actions and some guys who lead on the court. He was doing both.

“To me, that’s a step in the right direction.”

Stoudemire isn’t playing around. It might be the first weekend of the season, but he is setting a tone for the entire year by trying to break down the rim every chance he gets.

“We’re going to definitely attack the rack,” the 6-foot-10 forward said. “I’ve been doing that my whole career and that’s not going to change.”

The Knicks will certainly have a ton of highlight-reel dunks from players "attacking the rack" this season with a ton of long, athletic player, including Stoudemire, Wilson Chandler, Danilo Gallinari, Bill Walker and Landry Fields.


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While the first practice of the day saw the Knicks work on their defensive sets and focused on conditioning, the evening session saw the team face off in a series of scrimmages.

Here are some notable highlights.

After a busy offseason, the Knicks finally hit the court for their first official practice on Saturday.

Head Coach Mike D’Antoni used the first of two sessions explaining the team’s offense and defense along with running conditioning drills.

“It’s a process,” he said.

The Knicks ran full-court defensive and offensive drills before going through a conditioning program that included lifting weights over their heads, pulling a weighted-down sled and doing pushups on medicine balls.

“I think we have a lot of young guys who are willing to learn,” Amar'e Stoudemire said. “We’re athletic, we have length, we’re strong. We’re going to surprise some guys this year.”

Here are some of the highlights from the Knicks’ first practice of the year:

Knicks Head Coach Mike D’Antoni didn’t wait too long to select team captains, naming Amar’e Stoudemire and Raymond Felton co-captains the night before the first practice of the season.

“They both talked to the team last night,” D’Antoni said. “They were impressive.”

Stoudemire and Felton addressed their teammates during a team dinner on Friday night. They both emphasized the importance of every player accepting leadership roles, not just the captains, and maintaining their health and conditioning throughout the long 82-game season.

“Teams are going to being aiming for us since we’re now a team to beat so we’re going to have to be ready,” Stoudemire said.

Both Stoudemire and Felton have a ton of experience as both leaders and winners. While playing for the Phoenix Suns, Stoudemire reached the Western Conference Finals three times in eight seasons, including last year. Felton, who previously played for the Charlotte Bobcats, won an NCAA National Championship with North Carolina.

Stoudemire and Felton also have reputations as hard workers, which Stoudemire proved after Saturday’s first practice when he shot jumpers after everyone else had left the court.

“All the great leaders that I’ve had were the guys who worked hard,” Knicks President Donnie Walsh said. “And these guys work hard. The other players work hard when those guys work hard.”

Posted by Mike Slane on September 25, 2010 at 12:20 p.m., ET

1927 - Knicks legend Carl Braun born in Brooklyn, NY.

1980 - In a three-team deal, Knicks send center Joe Meriweather and a 1981 first-round draft pick to Kansas City and acquire forward Campy Russell from Cleveland. Kansas City also sends Bill Robinzine to Cleveland.

Posted by Ricky Henne on September 25, 2010 at 8:10 a.m., ET