Ranking Top 10 Rivalries in NBA History
#9 Knicks vs. Bulls
From 1989-1996, the Knicks and Bulls faced off in the playoffs seven times. The only time New York beat Chicago was when Michael Jordan was on his first basketball hiatus in 1994. Several of MJ’s most memorable postseason games came against the Knicks. In Game 7 of the 1992 conference semifinals, Jordan erupted for 42 points to help the Bulls eliminate Patrick Ewing’s Knicks. The following year in the conference finals, Jordan poured in 54 points in Game 4 to tie the series up. One of the league’s greatest defensive sequences of all time occurred the very next game at Madison Square Garden when Jordan, Scottie Pippen and Horace Grant denied Charles Smith from scoring a potential go-ahead bucket in the final seconds with a series of blocks, strips and swipes near the basket.