Wednesday, December 12, 2012
The best '12' stat in Knicks history
By Mark Simon | ESPN Stats & Information
The best No. 12 stat involving the Knicks dates back to the best moment in franchise history, Game 7 of the 1970 NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers.
That game is best remembered for the dramatics early, when Willis Reed, injured in Game 5, returned to the starting lineup and made the Knicks' first two baskets of the game.
Reed did not score again.
But Walt Frazier did.
Frazier made 12 baskets (on 17 shots) and was a perfect 12-for-12 from the free throw line to finish with 36 points in a 113-99 win that gave the Knicks' their first of two NBA titles. He also had 19 assists.
How rare is a 36-point/19-assist game? Elias tells us that it is the only one in NBA postseason history and that only two players have had one in any game since Frazier—Nate Archibald (twice) and Kevin Johnson, the last instance, which came in 1991.
Frazier's teammate that day, Dick Barnett, wore No. 12 and had that number retired by the Knicks after a successful career. For more on the best 12s in New York sports, click here.