New York Knicks: Flashback to 1994 victory in San Antonio

John Starks of the New York Knicks Mandatory Credit: Doug Pensinger/Allsport
John Starks of the New York Knicks Mandatory Credit: Doug Pensinger/Allsport /

Continuing our look back at the New York Knicks 1993-1994 season, we travel to January 19, 1994 and a game against the San Antonio Spurs.

It has been 25 years since the New York Knicks came one game away from a title. Pat Riley led the team to a 57-25 record and a playoff run that captivated a city. It nearly ended with a parade down the Canyon of Heroes.

Tonight, we continue a look back on that near-special season. It has been 25 years since the Knicks went seven games in the NBA final. For this flashback, we return to January 19, 1994 when the Knicks played host to the San Antonio Spurs.

Dale Ellis, Vinny Del Negro and the Spurs were a top Western team, entering the game with one more win than the Knicks at 26-12. New York entered the game riding a five-game winning streak and posting a record of 25-9.

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The Knicks started this one out strong. In the first quarter, New York was on fire running out to a 33-23 lead.

It was more of the same in the second quarter. as New York pushed the lead to 63-43 as the game reached halftime.

The Spurs made some adjustments at halftime to try and get back into it. Their defense tightened up, limiting the Knicks to 26 points in the third quarter.

However, the Spurs only posted 27 points, barely closing the game as the Knicks held a 19 point lead.

A 38 point fourth quarter by San Antonio was not enough to make it a really contested game as the Knicks won it going away, 120-108 to move to 26-9.

Dale Ellis led the way for the Spurs with 24 points and Vinny Del Negro added 22 points.

For the Knicks, the big fella, Patrick Ewing led the way with 35 points and 16 rebounds. Check it out, here are some highlights:

John Starks added 26 points and 8 assists. Those two as we all know teamed up for a lot of big games like that throughout the season. This game against San Antonio was just one example.

For those of you that are young, ask your parents about this time. It was very different than what you all are used to watching with the Knicks.

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This was just one more example of the fact that the 1993-1994 Knicks were a team that had to be noticed. They were dominating the Eastern conference and were getting ready to march towards a trophy.

Unfortunately it came up one game short by the end, but this game was one special night at the world’s most famous arena, Madison Square Garden.

The heyday of the Knicks in the 1990’s was a special time. Maybe we will get back there again.