1971–72 New York Knicks season
The 1971–72 New York Knicks season was the 26th season for the team in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The Knicks compiled a 48–34 record in the regular season to finish second in the Atlantic Division and earn a berth in the NBA Playoffs for the sixth consecutive year. New York had acquired Earl Monroe in a trade with the Baltimore Bullets in November 1971.
|1971–72 New York Knicks season|
|Head coach||Red Holzman|
|General manager||Red Holzman|
|Arena||Madison Square Garden|
|Place||Division: 2nd (Atlantic)|
Conference: 3rd (Eastern)
|Playoff finish||NBA Finals|
(Lost to Lakers 1–4)
Manhattan Cable Television
In the first round of the playoffs, New York faced the Baltimore Bullets, who had defeated the Knicks in the Eastern Conference Finals the previous year. The Knicks won the series in six games and advanced to the conference finals, where they faced the Boston Celtics. With a 4–1 series victory, New York made the NBA Finals for the second time in three seasons. In the Finals, the Knicks were opposed by the Los Angeles Lakers, whom they had beaten in the 1970 NBA Finals. After winning Game 1 of the Finals 114–92 in Los Angeles, the Knicks lost the next four games and the series. Willis Reed only played 11 games in the regular season and missed the entirety of the playoffs with a knee injury.
|1||16||Dean Meminger||G||United States||Marquette|
|2||34||Gregg Northington||F||United States||Alabama State|
|3||50||Kenny Mayfield||G||United States||Tuskegee|
|1971–72 New York Knicks roster|
|x-New York Knicks||48||34||.585||8||27–14||20–19||1–1||11–7|
|3||x-New York Knicks||48||34||.585|
- z – clinched division title
- y – clinched division title
- x – clinched playoff spot
Record vs. opponentsEdit
|1971–72 NBA records|
East Conference SemifinalsEdit
- Game 1 @ Baltimore: Baltimore 108, New York 105 (OT)
- Game 2 @ New York: New York 110, Baltimore 88
- Game 3 @ Baltimore: Baltimore 104, New York 103
- Game 4 @ New York: New York 104, Baltimore 98
- Game 5 @ Baltimore: New York 106, Baltimore 82
- Game 6 @ New York: New York 107, Baltimore 101
East Conference FinalsEdit
- Game 1 @ Boston: New York 116, Boston 94
- Game 2 @ New York: New York 106, Boston 105
- Game 3 @ Boston: Boston 115, New York 109
- Game 4 @ New York: New York 116, Boston 98
- Game 5 @ Boston: New York 111, Boston 103
|Game 1||April 26 (Wed.)||New York Knicks||114–92||at Los Angeles|
|Game 2||April 30 (Sun.)||Los Angeles Lakers||106–92||at Los Angeles|
|Game 3||May 3 (Wed.)||Los Angeles Lakers||107–96||at New York|
|Game 4||May 5 (Fri.)||Los Angeles Lakers||116–111||at New York|
|Game 5||May 7 (Sun.)||Los Angeles Lakers||114–100||at Los Angeles|
Lakers win series 4–1
Awards and recordsEdit
- The Fourth Estate (PDF). New York Knicks. 2003. p. 331. Retrieved November 6, 2017.
- The Fourth Estate (PDF). New York Knicks. 2003. p. 330. Retrieved November 6, 2017.
- "New York Knickerbockers Franchise Index". Basketball-Reference. Archived from the original on April 27, 2009. Retrieved May 24, 2009.
- Araton, Harvey (2011). When the Garden Was Eden: Clyde, the Captain, Dollar Bill, and the Glory Days of the New York Knicks. New York City: HarperCollins. p. 211. ISBN 978-0-06-195623-2.
- "1971–72 New York Knickerbockers Roster and Statistics". Basketball-Reference. Retrieved May 24, 2009.
- "1971 NBA Playoff Summary". Basketball-Reference. Retrieved May 29, 2010.
- "Lakers, Knicks Gain Hoop Final". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Associated Press. April 24, 1972. p. 15. Retrieved May 29, 2010.
- Araton, pp. 251–252.
- Nelson, John (March 26, 1974). "Road to Recovery Is Familiar to Willis Reed". Schenectady Gazette. Associated Press. p. 24. Retrieved June 14, 2013.
- Carry, Peter (May 21, 1973). "Where There's A Willis". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved September 15, 2019.
- "1971 NBA Draft". Basketball-Reference. Retrieved June 16, 2017.
- "Lakers' Legendary Season Leads to Elusive Title". National Basketball Association. Archived from the original on May 9, 2009. Retrieved August 24, 2019.
- "1971–72 NBA Season Summary". Basketball-Reference. Archived from the original on April 21, 2009. Retrieved May 24, 2009.
- "NBA & ABA All-Defensive Teams". Basketball-Reference. Retrieved August 17, 2013.