Turn On The Knicks Throwback Thursday – MJ Drops 50 on New York in the Playoffs


53 years ago today, rookie Wilt Chamberlain became the third player to drop 50 points in an NBA Playoff game, leading his Philadelphia Warriors to a 132-112 victory over the Syracuse Nationals. He went on to dominate the NBA, including putting up ridiculous averages of 50.4 points and 25.7 rebounds in the 1961-62 season. It was a different game then, but an impressive feat nonetheless. It’s because of Chamberlain that we place such an emphasis on the 50-point game, and over the years, we’ve seen numerous 50-point playoff performances. Today, TOK is going to take you back to a dark time for Knicks fans, when Michael Jordan ruled the league.

Don’t be embarrassed Knicks fans, Jordan dropped 50-plus in the playoffs  eight different times, including three times against the Cleveland Cavaliers. This wasn’t the first time the Knicks fell victim to a 50-point game in the playoffs either. Boston’s Sam Jones put up 51 on them during the 1967 Eastern Division Semifinals.

1993 was a popular year in terms of growth for the New York Knicks. That season they built some serious team chemistry and began their rivalry with a first round matchup against the Reggie Miller led Indiana Pacers. Once again though, Michael Jordan got the best of New York en route to the NBA Finals.

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