Twenty-three years ago today, the Knicks beat the Pacers in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals and center Patrick Ewing had one of his finest moments as a Knicks legend and Top 50 all-time great.
Patrick Ewing’s stat line: 24 points, 22 rebs, 7 assists and 5 blocks
Got a request? Leave a comment here. http://ask.fm/gearmast3r Patrick Ewing scores 24 points, grabs 22 rebounds, and hands out 7 assists in the series clinching game 7 win against the Indiana Pacers in the Eastern Conference Finals advancing to his first NBA Finals.
When mentioning the NBA’s all-time underrated giants of the game, Ewing’s name comes to mind. The 7-foot Jamaican sensation was one of the most celebrated college players in basketball history. As a Georgetown Hoya, he helped influence the culture of college hoops and entered the NBA with expectations higher than any New York City skyscraper. Although he never won an NBA championship, Ewing had a ton of memorable moments in a Hall of Fame career that spanned 17 highly-impactful seasons. During Ewing’s Knicks Golden Era, Madison Square Garden illuminated every night like the neighboring Times Square lights.
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Ewing came close to winning a title in ’94 against Houston and Hakeem Olajuwon, but fell short in a tough seven-game series loss.
His unforgettable Eastern Conference playoff battles with the likes of Michael Jordan and Reggie Miller are the stuff of legends. Ewing carried a huge burden on a Knicks squad that played under the hot scrutiny of a chip-thirsty fan base and media. The Knicks were a menacing, defense-based team. Often offensively strapped after Ewing and his array of spin moves, short jumpers, power dunks and athletic drives to the pill. He carried as big a load as any player to ever do it — for a very long time.