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Five of the Most Memorable NBA Performances at Madison Square Garden

Niala Samnarine

By Niala Samnarine

May 9, 2014

NBA Events NBA Legends John Starks NBA All Star 2014 2..wait, didn’t we already do a top 10 performances at MSG list?

Kind of: Top 10 NBA Performances at Madison Square Garden>>>

What I found was, after my top 10 was complete there were still about a gazillion other AMAZING performances at the garden. So instead of depriving everyone, here’s your list of five of the most memorable NBA performances at MSG.

1. Richard Hamilton drops 51

In 2006, Rip Hamilton took the Detroit Pistons to triple overtime against the home team New York Knicks. On 19-for-37 shooting (1-1 from the three point line) and 12-12 on free throws, Rip racked up an incredible 51 points and lands on our list.

2. Game 7 of 1970 NBA Finals.

Everyone remembers Willis Reed limping out to the court from the locker room (nobody thought he would play). The (at the time) captain and starting center for the Knicks had suffered a torn muscle and just prior to tip-off, came limping out of the tunnel.

The tenacity of this monumental effort was enough to inspire the Knicks to a victory and win their first NBA Championship. Reed only scored two points, but Walt Frazier led the Knicks that night 36 points and 19 assists…one of the best game 7 finals performances of all time.

3. “The Dunk”

John Starks throws it down on top of Michael Jordan and Horace Grant, watch it unfold here:

4. David Lee’s buzzer beater:

The Knicks had one last chance to come away with a victory over the Charlotte Bobcats back in December 2006. An improbably, long shot of an alley-oop. Then, what do you know, Lee tips in the long pass to secure the victory for the Knicks. Check out the tip-in for yourself:

5. THE Four Point Play

In Game 3, against the Indiana Pacers, with the Knicks trailing 91-88 in the final seconds and about to be trailing 2-1 in the Eastern Conference Finals series, LJ drills a game-tying three-pointer from the wing.


This turns into an improbably four point play. Johnson nails the free throw to put the Knicks ahead and tie up the series.

What do you think of the list? What’s your best memory at the Garden?

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