Throughout the first half of the 1970s, the American Basketball Association gave the NBA a run for its money with a high-flying style of play that also featured the game-changing potential of the three-point field goal. The NBA didn’t adopt the three-point line until three years after the two leagues’ 1976 merger, The Boston Celtics’ Chris Ford is widely credited with hitting the NBA’s first three. For the Knicks, that honor goes to Jim Cleamons, who was known as a defensive specialist.

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