New York Knicks: Their 5 Most Memorable Christmas Day Games in NBA History
The Knicks' Christmas Day matchup against the Bulls is most notably a game between two young Eastern Conference teams on the rise, but it also reignites a fantastic Christmas Day rivalry during the Jordan-Ewing era.
It's very possible today's game could go down in legendary lore as well, but read on for video highlights of the five most memorable Christmas Day games in New York Knicks history.
5. 1995: Chicago 107, New York 104 (OT)
Michael Jordan wasn't back from his baseball exodus just yet, but the Knicks-Bulls rivalry was still fierce in 1994.
The Bulls were still angry over losing in the 1994 Eastern Conference Semifinals to the Knicks in a controversial and physical seven-game series, and got a small measure of payback in this game.
Scottie Pippen scored 36 points (including all seven of the Bulls' points in overtime) to go along with 16 rebounds and five steals.
4. 1986: New York 86, Chicago 85
Michael Jordan scored 30 points, but needed 32 to overcome Patrick Ewing's game-winning jumper as time expired.
Watching this video reminds me how much of a different era we live in today. Random fans stormed the court after the game and got to rub shoulders with the players.
If Amar'e Stoudemire made a game-winning jumper against Chicago today and fans not named Spike Lee came running onto the court, they would be tasered, beaten, arrested and all over the Internet and newspapers within five minutes.
3. 1992: Chicago 89, New York 77
The Knicks defeated the Bulls, 112-75 in late November 1992, but Michael Jordan poured in 42 points in an 89-77 Chicago win to exact some revenge on his bitter rival in this game.
The Bulls went on to eliminate the Knicks from the playoffs for the third straight season, this time in the Eastern Conference Finals.
2. 1984: New Jersey 120, New York 114
No one cares that the Knicks lost this game. Bernard King scored 40 of his 60 points in the first half in a simply legendary performance.
Imagine if a healthy Bernard King teamed up with Patrick Ewing and some good role players. They may not have won a Eastern Conference title, but they sure as hell would have been entertaining.
1. 1985: New York 113, Boston 104 (2OT)
The 1985-86 Boston Celtics, who finished 67-15, can make a claim to being the best team in NBA history.
The 1985-86 New York Knicks finished 23-59, which is the worst record the team has suffered in the last 50 years.
None of that mattered on this day.
The Celtics jumped out to a 58-33 lead in the third quarter, led by league MVP Larry Bird. Rookie center Patrick Ewing then led the moribund Knicks on a miracle comeback, scoring 32 points with 11 rebounds.
Boston beat New York in their other four matchups in the 1985-86 season, but New York reigned as kings of the NBA on Christmas Day 1985.