1994–95 New York Knicks season
The 1994–95 NBA season was the 49th season for the New York Knicks in the National Basketball Association. The Knicks entered the seasons as runner-ups of the 1994 NBA Finals, where they lost to the Houston Rockets in seven games. During the offseason, the Knicks acquired Doug Christie from the Los Angeles Lakers. However, Christie would play only twelve games because of an ankle injury. Early into the season, the team released Doc Rivers, who later signed as a free agent with the San Antonio Spurs. The Knicks posted a 55–27 record in the Atlantic Division, and finished in second place, two games behind the Orlando Magic. By earning the #3 seed in the Eastern Conference, the Knicks qualified for the NBA Playoffs for the eighth consecutive season. Patrick Ewing was selected for the 1995 NBA All-Star Game. John Starks led the league with 217 three-point field goals, and became the first player ever to reach up to 200 three-pointers in a single season. Power forward Anthony Mason was named Sixth Man of the Year.
|1994–95 New York Knicks season|
|Head coach||Pat Riley|
|General manager||Ernie Grunfeld|
|Arena||Madison Square Garden|
|Place||Division: 2nd (Atlantic)|
Conference: 2nd (Eastern)
|Playoff finish||East Semifinals|
(Lost to Pacers 3–4)
(Marv Albert, John Andariese)
(Mike Breen, Walt Frazier)
In the first round of the 1995 NBA Playoffs, the Knicks defeated the 6th-seeded Cleveland Cavaliers three games to one, advancing to the Eastern Conference Semifinals. The Knicks lost Game 1 of their series to the Indiana Pacers, as Reggie Miller scored eight points in the final 18.7 seconds to bring the Pacers back from a six-point deficit. The Pacers gained a 3–1 series edge, before the Knicks won two straight games to force a seventh game at Madison Square Garden. With the Knicks down by two points in the final seconds, Ewing had a chance to send the game to overtime, but missed his driving layup attempt as the Pacers advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals. Following the season, Pat Riley quit as head coach to take over the coaching job with the Miami Heat, Greg Anthony left in the 1995 NBA Expansion Draft, and Anthony Bonner was released.
|1||24||Monty Williams||SF||United States||Notre Dame|
|1||26||Charlie Ward||PG||United States||Florida State|
New York Knicks roster
|x-New York Knicks||55||27||.671||2||29-12||26-15||23-5|
|New Jersey Nets||30||52||.366||27||20-21||10-31||13-15|
|3||x-New York Knicks||55||27||.671||2|
|11||New Jersey Nets||30||52||.366||27|
Record vs. opponentsEdit
|1994–95 NBA records|
East First RoundEdit
(3) New York Knicks vs. (6) Cleveland Cavaliers: Knicks win series 3–1
- Game 1 @ Madison Square Garden, New York City (April 27): New York 103, Cleveland 79
- Game 2 @ Madison Square Garden, New York City (April 29): Cleveland 90, New York 84
- Game 3 @ Gund Arena, Cleveland (May 1): New York 83, Cleveland 81
- Game 4 @ Gund Arena, Cleveland (May 4): New York 93, Cleveland 80
Last Playoff Meeting: 1978 Eastern Conference First Round (New York won 2–0)
East Conference SemifinalsEdit
(2) Indiana Pacers vs. (3) New York Knicks: Pacers win series 4–3
- Game 1 @ Madison Square Garden, New York City (May 7): Indiana 107, New York 105
- Game 2 @ Madison Square Garden, New York City (May 9): New York 96, Indiana 77
- Game 3 @ Market Square Arena, Indianapolis (May 11): Indiana 97, New York 95 (OT)
- Game 4 @ Market Square Arena, Indianapolis (May 13): Indiana 98, New York 84
- Game 5 @ Madison Square Garden, New York City (May 17): New York 96, Indiana 95
- Game 6 @ Market Square Arena, Indianapolis (May 19): New York 92, Indiana 82
- Game 7 @ Madison Square Garden, New York City (May 21): Indiana 97, New York 95
Last Playoff Meeting: 1994 Eastern Conference Finals (New York won 4–3)
Awards and recordsEdit
|October 13, 1994||To New York Knicks|
To Los Angeles Lakers
1997 2nd-round pick
1998 2nd-round pick (conditional)
|Player||Date signed||Former team|
|Ron Grandison||October 6||Rochester Renegade (CBA)|
|Greg Kite||January 3||Orlando Magic|
|Player||Date signed||New Team|
|Ron Grandison||December 15||Rapid City Thrillers (CBA)|
|Greg Kite||February 14||Indiana Pacers|
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