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Inspired by Reed, Knicks capture first NBA title

Updated: May 7, 2001, 3:26 PM ET
By Larry Schwartz | Special to ESPN.com

May 8, 1970

Willis Reed can hardly walk, much less run. But the Knicks center is determined to play. After all, it's the seventh game of the Finals. When he comes out a couple of minutes before game time, after receiving a pain-killing shot, the capacity crowd at Madison Square Garden awards him such a standing ovation that it sends chills up the spines of many.

"When (the fans) pulled down the roof for Willis, it lifted us sky high," says Knicks forward Bill Bradley. "Reed's ...

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