1971-72 New York Knicks Season
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1971%E2%80%9372 New York Knicks Season
1971-72 New York Knicks season
Head coachRed Holzman
General managerRed Holzman
ArenaMadison Square Garden
Results
Record48–34 (.585)
PlaceDivision: 2nd (Atlantic)
Conference: 3rd (Eastern)
Playoff finishNBA Finals
(Lost to Lakers 1-4)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
TelevisionWOR-TV
Manhattan Cable Television[1]
RadioWNBC[2]

The 1971-72 New York Knicks season was the 26th season for the team in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The Knicks compiled a 48-34 record in the regular season to finish second in the Atlantic Division and earn a berth in the NBA Playoffs for the sixth consecutive year.[3] New York had acquired Earl Monroe in a trade with the Baltimore Bullets in November 1971.[4]

In the first round of the playoffs, New York faced the Baltimore Bullets,[5] who had defeated the Knicks in the Eastern Conference Finals the previous year.[6] The Knicks won the series in six games and advanced to the conference finals, where they faced the Boston Celtics. With a 4-1 series victory,[5] New York made the NBA Finals for the second time in three seasons.[3] In the Finals, the Knicks were opposed by the Los Angeles Lakers, whom they had beaten in the 1970 NBA Finals.[7] After winning Game 1 of the Finals 114-92 in Los Angeles, the Knicks lost the next four games and the series.[8]Willis Reed only played 11 games in the regular season and missed the entirety of the playoffs with a knee injury.[9][10]

Draft picks

Round Pick Player Position Nationality School/Club Team
1 16 Dean Meminger G  United States Marquette
2 34 Gregg Northington F  United States Alabama State
3 50 Kenny Mayfield G  United States Tuskegee

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Roster

Regular season

Season standings

Atlantic Division W L PCT GB Home Road Neutral Div
y-Boston Celtics 56 26 .683 - 32-9 21-16 3-1 15-3
x-New York Knicks 48 34 .585 8 27-14 20-19 1-1 11-7
Philadelphia 76ers 30 52 .366 26 14-23 14-26 2-3 6-12
Buffalo Braves 22 60 .268 34 13-27 8-31 1-2 4-14
# Eastern Conference
Team W L PCT
1 z-Boston Celtics 56 26 .683
2 y-Baltimore Bullets 38 44 .463
3 x-New York Knicks 48 34 .585
4 x-Atlanta Hawks 36 46 .439
5 Philadelphia 76ers 30 52 .366
5 Cincinnati Royals 30 52 .366
7 Cleveland Cavaliers 23 59 .280
8 Buffalo Braves 22 60 .268
z - clinched division title
y - clinched division title
x - clinched playoff spot

Record vs. opponents

1971-72 NBA records
Team ATL BAL BOS BUF CHI CIN CLE DET GSW HOU LAL MIL NYK PHI PHO POR SEA
Atlanta -- 2-4 0-4 4-2 0-5 3-3 4-2 3-2 3-2 1-4 0-5 2-3 3-1 3-3 3-2 4-0 1-4
Baltimore 4-2 -- 2-2 3-3 1-4 4-2 1-5 3-2 1-4 3-2 1-4 0-5 2-4 4-0 4-1 3-1 2-3
Boston 4-0 2-2 -- 6-0 3-2 4-2 5-1 5-0 2-3 5-0 1-4 2-3 3-3 6-0 2-3 4-0 2-3
Buffalo 2-4 3-3 0-6 -- 1-3 3-3 4-2 2-4 1-3 0-4 0-4 0-4 1-5 3-3 0-4 2-4 0-4
Chicago 5-0 4-1 2-3 3-1 -- 3-1 4-0 5-1 3-3 5-1 1-3 2-4 3-2 4-1 5-1 6-0 2-3
Cincinnati 3-3 2-4 2-4 3-3 1-3 -- 6-2 2-3 2-3 0-4 1-4 0-5 2-2 2-2 2-3 2-2 0-5
Cleveland 2-4 5-1 1-5 2-4 0-4 2-6 -- 1-3 0-4 2-2 1-3 0-4 1-5 2-4 0-4 4-2 0-4
Detroit 2-3 2-3 0-5 4-2 1-5 3-2 3-1 -- 0-5 3-3 1-4 1-5 1-4 1-4 2-4 2-2 0-4
Golden State 2-3 4-1 3-2 3-1 3-3 3-2 4-0 5-0 -- 5-1 1-5 2-2 2-3 4-1 2-3 4-2 4-2
Houston 4-1 2-3 0-5 4-0 1-5 4-0 2-2 3-3 1-5 -- 1-5 0-5 0-5 4-1 1-3 4-2 3-3
Los Angeles 5-0 4-1 4-1 4-0 3-1 4-1 3-1 4-1 5-1 5-1 -- 4-1 4-1 5-0 4-2 6-0 5-1
Milwaukee 3-2 5-0 3-2 4-0 4-2 5-0 4-0 5-1 2-2 5-0 1-4 -- 2-3 4-1 4-2 6-0 6-0
New York 1-3 4-2 3-3 5-1 2-3 2-2 5-1 4-1 3-2 5-0 1-4 3-2 -- 3-3 1-4 3-1 3-2
Philadelphia 3-3 0-4 0-6 3-3 1-4 2-2 4-2 4-1 1-4 1-4 0-5 1-4 3-3 -- 1-4 2-2 4-1
Phoenix 2-3 1-4 3-2 4-0 1-5 3-2 4-0 4-2 3-2 3-1 2-4 2-4 4-1 4-1 -- 6-0 3-2
Portland 0-4 1-3 0-4 4-2 0-6 2-2 2-4 2-2 2-4 2-4 0-6 0-6 1-3 2-2 0-6 -- 0-6
Seattle 4-1 3-2 3-2 4-0 3-2 5-0 4-0 4-0 2-4 3-3 1-5 0-6 2-3 1-4 2-3 6-0 --

Playoffs

East Conference Semifinals

(C1) Baltimore Bullets vs. (A2) New York Knicks: Knicks win series 4-2

  • Game 1 @ Baltimore: Baltimore 108, New York 105 (OT)
  • Game 2 @ New York: New York 110, Baltimore 88
  • Game 3 @ Baltimore: Baltimore 104, New York 103
  • Game 4 @ New York: New York 104, Baltimore 98
  • Game 5 @ Baltimore: New York 106, Baltimore 82
  • Game 6 @ New York: New York 107, Baltimore 101

East Conference Finals

(A1) Boston Celtics vs. (A2) New York Knicks: Knicks win series 4-1

  • Game 1 @ Boston: New York 116, Boston 94
  • Game 2 @ New York: New York 106, Boston 105
  • Game 3 @ Boston: Boston 115, New York 109
  • Game 4 @ New York: New York 116, Boston 98
  • Game 5 @ Boston: New York 111, Boston 103

NBA Finals

Game Date Winner Score Site
Game 1 April 26 (Wed.) New York Knicks 114-92 at Los Angeles
Game 2 April 30 (Sun.) Los Angeles Lakers 106-92 at Los Angeles
Game 3 May 3 (Wed.) Los Angeles Lakers 107-96 at New York
Game 4 May 5 (Fri.) Los Angeles Lakers 116-111 at New York
Game 5 May 7 (Sun.) Los Angeles Lakers 114-100 at Los Angeles

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Lakers win series 4-1

Awards and records

References

  1. ^ The Fourth Estate (PDF). New York Knicks. 2003. p. 331. Retrieved 2017.
  2. ^ The Fourth Estate (PDF). New York Knicks. 2003. p. 330. Retrieved 2017.
  3. ^ a b "New York Knickerbockers Franchise Index". Basketball-Reference. Archived from the original on April 27, 2009. Retrieved 2009.
  4. ^ Araton, Harvey (2011). When the Garden Was Eden: Clyde, the Captain, Dollar Bill, and the Glory Days of the New York Knicks. New York City: HarperCollins. p. 211. ISBN 978-0-06-195623-2.
  5. ^ a b "1971-72 New York Knickerbockers Roster and Statistics". Basketball-Reference. Retrieved 2009.
  6. ^ "1971 NBA Playoff Summary". Basketball-Reference. Retrieved 2010.
  7. ^ "Lakers, Knicks Gain Hoop Final". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Associated Press. April 24, 1972. p. 15. Retrieved 2010.
  8. ^ Araton, pp. 251-252.
  9. ^ Nelson, John (March 26, 1974). "Road to Recovery Is Familiar to Willis Reed". Schenectady Gazette. Associated Press. p. 24. Retrieved 2013.
  10. ^ Carry, Peter (May 21, 1973). "Where There's A Willis". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2019.
  11. ^ "1971 NBA Draft". Basketball-Reference. Retrieved 2017.
  12. ^ "Lakers' Legendary Season Leads to Elusive Title". National Basketball Association. Archived from the original on May 9, 2009. Retrieved 2019.
  13. ^ "1971-72 NBA Season Summary". Basketball-Reference. Archived from the original on April 21, 2009. Retrieved 2009.
  14. ^ a b "NBA & ABA All-Defensive Teams". Basketball-Reference. Retrieved 2013.

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