1969–70 New York Knicks season

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1969–70 New York Knicks season
First NBA Championship
Head coach Red Holzman
Arena Madison Square Garden
Record 60–22 (.732)
Place Division: 1st (Eastern)
Playoff finish NBA Champions

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
Television WOR, Manhattan Cable Television
Radio WHN
< 1968–69 1970–71 >

The 1969–70 New York Knicks season was the 24th season of NBA basketball in New York City, New York. The Knicks had a then single-season NBA record 18 straight victories en route to 60–22 record, which was the best regular season record in the team's history. After defeating the Bullets in the Eastern Division semifinals and the Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Division finals, the Knicks defeated the Los Angeles Lakers in seven games to capture their first NBA title.

NBA Draft[edit]

Main article: 1969 NBA Draft

Note: This is not an extensive list; it only covers the first and second rounds, and any other players picked by the franchise that played at least one game in the league.

Round Pick Player Position Nationality School/Club Team
1 11 John Warren C  United States St. John's
2 26 Bill Bunting F/C  United States North Carolina
3 40 Eddie Mast G  United States Temple


Depth chart[edit]

Pos. Starter Bench Reserve Inactive
C Willis Reed Nate Bowman
PF Dave DeBusschere Dave Stallworth Bill Hosket Phil Jackson Injured
SF Bill Bradley Cazzie Russell Don May
SG Dick Barnett Mike Riordan
PG Walt Frazier John Warren

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

Team W L PCT. GB
New York Knicks C 60 22 .732
Milwaukee Bucks 56 26 .683 4
Baltimore Bullets 50 32 .610 10
Philadelphia 76ers 42 40 .512 18
Cincinnati Royals 36 46 .439 24
Boston Celtics 34 48 .415 26
Detroit Pistons 31 51 .378 29

Game log[edit]

Key:      Win      Loss

1969–70 game log Total: 60–22 (Home: 30–11; Road: 27–10; Neutral: 3–1)
1969–70 season schedule

All times are Eastern time


Key:      Win      Loss

1970 playoff game log
1969–70 season schedule

All times are Eastern time

Player stats[edit]

Player Games Played Points Assists Field Goals Rebounds


Local TV[edit]

Local TV Play-by-Play
WOR-TV Bob Wolff

Some New York Knicks TV Games never aired on WOR-TV because of broadcast conflict with the New York Rangers (NHL).

Local Cable TV[edit]

Local Cable TV Play-by-Play
Manhattan Cable Television Bob Wolff

Local Radio[edit]

Flagship station Play-by-Play
WHN Marv Albert

Some New York Knicks radio games never aired on WHN because of broadcast conflict with the New York Rangers (NHL).

Awards and records[edit]

20th NBA All-Star Game[edit]

New York Knicks NBA All-Star representatives at the 1970 NBA All-Star Game in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at The Spectrum.

NBA finals[edit]

Without question, the defining moment in the series occurred in Game 7, where an injured Reed limped onto the court right before the start of the game.

On a re-creation of that moment, Marv Albert described it: "Here comes Willis! The crowd is going wild! Willis passes the scorers table, he grabs a basketball. The Lakers have stopped (shooting), the Lakers are watching Willis!"

He scored the game's first two baskets and proceeded not to score for the remainder of the game. Contrary to popular lore, he did not sit out after his first two baskets, but remained on the floor for 27 minutes. Despite his lack of scoring after his first four points, Reed's heroics inspired the team, and they won the game by a score of 113–99. The entire starting line up for the 69–70 Knicks had their jerseys retired by the New York Knicks. The jerseys of Walt Frazier (#10), Willis Reed (#19), Dave DeBusschere (#22), Bill Bradley (#24), and Dick Barnett (#12) all hang from the rafters at Madison Square Garden. Reed walking on to the court was voted the greatest moment in Madison Square Garden history.

Game Date Result Site Series
Game 1 April 24 (Fri.) New York Knicks 124, Los Angeles Lakers 112 @ New York Knicks lead, 1 game to 0
Game 2 April 27 (Mon.) Los Angeles Lakes 105, New York Knicks 103 @ New York Series tied, 1 game each
Game 3 April 29 (Wed.) New York Knicks 111, Los Angeles Lakers 108 @ Los Angeles Knicks lead, 2 games to 1
Game 4 May 1 (Fri.) Los Angeles Lakers 121, New York Knicks 105 @ Los Angeles Series tied, 2 games each
Game 5 May 4 (Mon.) New York Knicks 107, Los Angeles Lakers 100 @ New York Knicks lead, 3 games to 2
Game 6 May 6 (Wed.) Los Angeles Lakers 135, New York Knicks 113 @ Los Angeles Series tied, 3 games each
Game 7 May 8 (Fri.) New York Knicks 113, Los Angeles Lakers 99 @ New York Knicks win, 4 games to 3

Knicks win series 4–3

See also[edit]