The Knicks were the first eight seeds to make it to the 1999 NBA final
The New York Knicks won 90-82 at home in game 6 to reach the NBA final. In doing so, they eliminated their rivals, the Indiana Pacers.
Allan Houston scored 32 points, leading to New York. He played 47:01 in the game. Latrell Sprewell added 20 points.
The Knicks defeated the Pacers 31:23 in the fourth quarter and kept Reggie Miller eight points in the 3-18 shootout.
The Knicks’ incredible run began when they sneaked into the playoffs as number eight after a disappointing regular season.
They angered the number one seeded Miami Heat in the first round. The Knicks fought for a win-or-go home game 5 in Miami. One point behind New York, Houston took a game-winning shot less than a second ahead.
The Knicks used this momentum to sweep the Atlanta Hawks in the second round of the postseason.
In the Eastern Conference final, they faced Miller and the Pacers.
Patrick Ewing’s doubles led New York to a street win in Game 1. After Game 2, however, it became known that he had suffered an Achilles tendon injury. Ewing would miss the rest of the postseason.
After the series was tied for one game each, the Knicks returned home to Madison Square Garden. They followed 91-88 over time, but with just over five seconds remaining, Larry Johnson hit a 3-pointer and was fouled on the game. He hit the free throw and put New York ahead with 92-91. The Pacers failed on goal and the Knicks won game 3.
Indiana won game 4, but the Knicks recovered with a decisive 101-94 on-road win in game 5. They defeated Pacers 36-25 in the fourth quarter. Sprewell had 29 points and Marcus Camby ended 13 rebounds and six blocks from the bank with 21 points.
The Knicks ended the series at home and sent them to the NBA final to play against the San Antonio Spurs.
The Spurs were dominant during the postseason thanks to Tim Duncan and David Robinson. The finale was no exception and the Knicks painfully missed Ewing. Their magical run ended in a loss to San Antonio in five games.
Still, the disappointing end of New York’s impressive run shouldn’t be affected.
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