1983–84 New York Knicks season
The 1983–84 New York Knicks season was the 38th season for the team in the National Basketball Association (NBA). In the regular season, the Knicks had a 47–35 record, and qualified for the NBA Playoffs as the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference. New York was led by small forward Bernard King, who averaged 26.3 points per game (PPG) in the regular season and 34.8 PPG in the playoffs. In early 1984, King scored 50 points in consecutive games, against the San Antonio Spurs and Dallas Mavericks.
|1983–84 New York Knicks season|
|Head coach||Hubie Brown|
|General manager||Dave DeBusschere|
|Arena||Madison Square Garden|
|Place||Division: 3rd (Atlantic)|
Conference: 5th (Eastern)
|Playoff finish||East Semifinals|
(Jim Karvellas, Butch Beard)
(Marv Albert, John Andariese)
In the opening round of the 1984 NBA Playoffs, the Knicks faced the Detroit Pistons. The teams split the first four games, as the Knicks won the first and third games. However, they were unable to clinch the series in Game 4, held in Madison Square Garden, their home arena. In the fifth and deciding game, held in Detroit's Joe Louis Arena, the Knicks held a 106–98 lead with less than two minutes remaining when Pistons point guard Isiah Thomas scored 16 points in a 94-second span. The game went into overtime, where New York won the game 127–123. King, despite playing with two dislocated fingers and the flu, scored 44 points in the game and 213 points in the series. His point total was the highest in NBA history by a player in a five-game series. After the Detroit series, the Knicks were matched with the Boston Celtics. In a seven-game series, the Celtics defeated New York.
Note: This is not an extensive list; it only covers the first round and notable post-first round picks.
|1||12||Darrell Walker||G||United States||Arkansas|
|x-New York Knicks||47||35||.573||15||29–12||18–23||12–12|
|x-New Jersey Nets||45||37||.549||17||29–12||16–25||12–12|
|5||x-New York Knicks||47||35||.573||15|
|6||x-New Jersey Nets||45||37||.549||17|
- z – clinched division title
- y – clinched division title
- x – clinched playoff spot
Record vs. opponentsEdit
|1983-84 NBA Records|
East First RoundEdit
- Game 1 @ Pontiac Silverdome, Pontiac (April 17): New York 94, Detroit 93
- Game 2 @ Pontiac Silverdome, Pontiac (April 19): Detroit 113, New York 105
- Game 3 @ Madison Square Garden, New York City (April 22): New York 120, Detroit 113
- Game 4 @ Madison Square Garden, New York City (April 25): Detroit 119, New York 112
- Game 5 @ Joe Louis Arena, Detroit (April 27): New York 127, Detroit 123 (OT)
Last Playoff Meeting: This is the first meeting between the Pistons and Knicks.
East Conference SemifinalsEdit
- Game 1 @ Boston Garden, Boston (April 29): Boston 110, New York 92
- Game 2 @ Boston Garden, Boston (May 2): Boston 116, New York 102
- Game 3 @ Madison Square Garden, New York City (May 4): New York 100, Boston 92
- Game 4 @ Madison Square Garden, New York City (May 6): New York 118, Boston 113
- Game 5 @ Boston Garden, Boston (May 9): Boston 121, New York 99
- Game 6 @ Madison Square Garden, New York City (May 11): New York 106, Boston 104
- Game 7 @ Boston Garden, Boston (May 13): Boston 121, New York 104
Last Playoff Meeting: 1974 Eastern Conference Finals (Boston won 4–1)
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game|
|FG%||Field-goal percentage||3P%||3-point field-goal percentage||FT%||Free-throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game|
Awards and recordsEdit
- The Fourth Estate (PDF). New York Knicks. 2003. p. 331. Retrieved November 23, 2017.
- The Fourth Estate (PDF). New York Knicks. 2003. p. 330. Retrieved November 23, 2017.
- "1983–84 NBA Season Summary". Basketball-Reference. Archived from the original on 14 October 2008. Retrieved November 10, 2008.
- "1983–84 New York Knickerbockers Statistics". Basketball-Reference. Archived from the original on 22 December 2008. Retrieved November 10, 2008.
- Berkow, Ira (February 1, 1984). "The Incandescent King". The New York Times. Retrieved November 10, 2008.
- Newman, Bruce (May 7, 1984). "Hero of a Showdown in Motown (page 1)". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved May 22, 2010.
- Newman, Bruce (May 7, 1984). "Hero of a Showdown in Motown (page 2)". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved May 22, 2010.
- "1983 NBA Draft". Basketball-Reference. Retrieved April 6, 2013.
- "All-NBA & All-ABA Teams". Basketball-Reference. Retrieved October 5, 2013.
- "NBA & ABA All-Rookie Teams". Basketball-Reference. Retrieved October 5, 2013.