33 Uniqe Dates in New York Knicks History

November 1, 1946: The New York Knicks defeated the Toronto Huskies 68-66 in the first NBA game, which was played in Toronto. Any fan taller than Toronto's 6-8 center George Nostrand got in free.

August 3, 1949: The Basketball Association of America (BAA) merged with the National Basketball League (NBL) to form the NBA. The BAA included the New York Knicks.

November 1, 1949: Dick McGuire made his debut for the New York Knicks.

March 2, 1962: Wilt Chamberlain did the unthinkable and scored 100 points in a game against the Knicks.

October 17, 1964: Willis Reed made his debut for the New York Knicks.

October 28, 1967: Walt Frazier made his debut for the New York Knicks.

December 27, 1967: The New York Knicks named Red Holzman head coach, replacing Dick McGuire. Holzman went on to lead the Knicks to NBA titles in 1970 and 1973, utilizing several players recommended by McGuire, who became the team's chief scout.

December 19, 1968: The Detroit Pistons traded Dave DeBusschere to the New York Knicks for Walt Bellamy and Howard Komives. The acquisition of DeBusschere is often credited as providing the last piece to the Knicks' championship teams of 1970 and 1973. The midseason trade also allowed Bellamy to play in an NBA record 88 games that season with New York and Detroit.

May 4, 1970: The New York Knicks, with Dave DeBusschere forced to play center against Wilt Chamberlain after a leg injury sidelined Willis Reed, nevertheless defeated Los Angeles 107-100 in Game 5 of the NBA Finals. The Knicks ultimately captured their first NBA title with a Game 7 victory.

May 8, 1970: The Knicks claimed their first NBA title by defeating Los Angeles 113-99 in Game 7 of the Finals. New York was led by the inspirational play of injured center Willis Reed, who limped onto the court and scored the game's first two baskets, and guard Walt Frazier, who led the Knicks with 36 points and 19 assists.

November 20, 1979: Red Holzman won his 500th game at the helm of the New York Knicks following a 130-125 overtime win over Houston at Madison Square Garden. At the time, Holzman was only the second coach--after Red Auerbach--to reach that plateau with one team.

March 24, 1981: New York Knicks great Dave DeBusschere's No. 22 was retired in ceremonies at Madison Square Garden.

February 1, 1984: Bernard King scored 50 points for the Knicks at Dallas, equaling the 50 he tallied the night before in San Antonio. He was the first player to score 50 points on consecutive nights since Wilt Chamberlain did it 20 years earlier.

February 18, 1984: Former New York Knicks forward Bill Bradley had his uniform #24 retired at Madison Square Garden.

December 25, 1984: Bernard King scored a franchise-record 60 points for New York

May 12, 1985: New York won the first-ever NBA Draft Lottery, enabling the Knicks to select Georgetown center Patrick Ewing with the first pick in the 1985 NBA Draft.

October 26, 1985: Patrick Ewing made his debut for the New York Knicks.

March 1, 1986: The New York Knicks retired Hall of Famer Earl "The Pearl" Monroe's uniform No. 15. Monroe starred on the Knicks' 1973 NBA championship team.

May 31, 1991: The New York Knicks named Pat Riley head coach.

May 17, 1993: Pat Riley wins NBA Coach of the Year after leading the Knicks to a 60-win season for only the second time in the 47-year history of the franchise

December 16, 1993: Patrick Ewing moved past Walt Frazier to become New York's all-time leading scorer, with 14,618 career points, after hitting a second-quarter jumper during the Knicks' 108-85 win over the visiting Los Angeles Lakers.

January 17, 1994: Patrick Ewing became the first New York player to reach the 15,000-point mark for his career, scoring a game-high 34 points in the Knicks' 106-94 win over visiting Minnesota.

June 5, 1994: New York, led by Patrick Ewing's 24 points and 22 rebounds, defeated Indiana 94-90 at Madison Square Garden in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals, sending the Knicks to the NBA Finals for the first time since 1973.

April 8, 1995: New York coach Pat Riley chalked up his 750th career victory.

November 1, 1996: Fifty years to the day that the first NBA game was played in Toronto between teams from New York and Toronto, the New York Knicks defeated the Toronto Raptors 107-99.

November 11, 1996: New York's Patrick Ewing became the 23rd player in NBA history to reach 20,000 points, scoring 24 in the Knicks' 92-88 win at Orlando.

May 16, 1999: The New York Knicks became only the second eighth-seeded team in NBA playoff history to defeat a number one seed in the playoffs when they defeated the Miami Heat in five games.

June 11, 1999: The New York Knicks defeated the Indiana Pacers 90-82 in the series-clinching Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals. They became the first number eight seed to reach the NBA Finals when they faced the San Antonio Spurs for the championship.

January 11, 2001: The New York Knicks held an opponent under 100 points for an NBA-record 29th straight game when the Knicks dropped a 76-75 decision to the Houston Rockets. The streak snapped the 46-year-old NBA record of 28 straight set by the Fort Wayne Pistons in the 1954-55 season.

February 28, 2003: Patrick Ewing, New York Knicks legend, and the first ever NBA lottery draft pick, watches as his jersey number 33 is retired before a cheering crowd at Madison Square Garden.

June 28, 2005: Larry Brown becomes the NBA's highest paid coach when he signs a five-year deal with the New York Knicks worth a reported $50 to $60 million. He would be fired less than one year later.

December 20, 2006: New York Knicks forward David Lee scores a game-winning basket with only 00:00.1 seconds left on the clock. The shot counts because Lee deflects the inbounds pass into the basket. It is the first occurrence of a team winning an NBA game with one-tenth of one second left since the NBA implemented the Trent Tucker Rule in 1990.

February 21, 2011: Carmelo Anthony gets traded to the Knicks.

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