New York Knicks Flashback: Dominant defense leads to win in Seattle

Anthony Mason of the New York Knicks Mandatory Credit: Simon Bruty /Allsport
Anthony Mason of the New York Knicks Mandatory Credit: Simon Bruty /Allsport /

We take another look back to the New York Knicks near special season of 1993-1994. 25 years ago tonight, the Knicks defense led to a big win over Seattle.

Welcome back, New York Knicks fans, to another flashback. We have been looking back at the near special season of 1993-1994. A magical run came to an end with a loss to the Rockets in game seven of the Finals.

For now, let’s go back to 25 years ago today, when the Knicks were in the midst of a West Coast swing. It was January 29, 1994. Come with me, let’s go!

New York entered the game with a 28-11 record, coming off of a win two nights earlier against the Los Angeles Clippers. On that same night, the Seattle SuperSonics topped the Nets to run their record to a whopping 31-8.

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Seattle was led by point guard Gary Payton, who averaged 16.5 points and six assists per game that season. Detlef Schrempf added 15 points per game up front.

Most felt that the Sonics were the better team, and in the first half they played like it. The Knicks were down 28-26 at the end of one quarter and 58-51 at the end of the half.

But that was the first half.

In the third quarter, the Knicks played about as well as they possibly could. The defense was simply dominant.

In the first six and half minutes of the third quarter, the Knicks outscored Seattle 21-5 to take the lead.

The Knicks won the quarter by the score of 32-13 to take control of the game and never look back. The Sonics were held to going 5 out of 16 from the floor.

New York led the game by as many as 21 points in the middle of the fourth quarter. Despite the efforts of Gary Payton the Knicks won the game going away, 106-92 and move to 29-11 on the year.

Here are some excerpts from that very game:

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For the game, Patrick Ewing led the way with 21 points and 18 rebounds. This was a great night for the Knicks as they were able to see seven players post double-digit points.

That included two guys off the bench, Anthony Mason and Rolando Blackman. Mason was huge, posting 17 points and nine rebounds.

Gary Payton led Seattle with 19 points, five assists and six steals.

Back then the theme was “Go New York! Go New York! Go!”

Maybe we will here it again some day.