The Weigh-In All the years of the Knicks-Heat rivalry finally erupt when ex-teammates (who didn't exactly like each other in Charlotte) Larry Johnson and Alonzo Mourning tee off on each other.
It's the Mount St. Helens of the Knicks-Heat rivalry.
The Fight: With under 10 seconds left in Game 4 and the Miami Heat down by five, Tim Hardaway busts a way-off three from way out there. Under the arc of the ball, you can see Alonzo Mourning and Larry Johnson getting rough. The next thing you know, they're throwing punches.
As John Starks booked down the court with the rebound, one of the wildest fights in NBA history (No. 1 according to ESPN) began with a flurry of swings. Play abruptly stopped and all players—and Jeff Van Gundy—immediately converged upon the scene.
Charles Oakley jumped in between Johnson and Mourning. Knicks’ coach Jeff Van Gundy tried restraining Mourning, but slipped to the ground, where he grasped the Heat center’s leg like a balding, lustful poodle.
While Oakley and Mourning sparred, one of the most recognized? Uh, interesting? Uh, bizarre? scenes in NBA history unfolded: Van Gundy clutching Mourning’s leg and being trampled upon until the fight ceases.
The jawing continues after the physical activity, with a livid Van Gundy ready to take on ‘Zo, but the game ends and everyone disperses.
The Aftermath: The Knicks won Game 4, 90-85, to tie the best-of-five series at two. Larry Johnson, and the Knicks’ forward Chris Mills, who left the bench, were suspended for the deciding Game 5 along with Mourning.
The Knicks went to Miami and took Game 5 convincingly 98-81.
Alas, New York would lose to Reggie Miller and Indiana in the Eastern Semis.
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