The 1972-73 NBA season ended with the New York Knicks beating the Los Angeles Lakers 4 games to 1 in the 1973 NBA Finals. Game 5, played on May 10, 1973, ended the series with the Knicks defeating the Lakers, 102-93.
The Knicks, who won their first league title ever by defeating the Lakers in seven games in 1970, lost the opening game in this 1973 series and then swept the next four, repeating the pattern Los Angeles had used to beat them in the final series the previous year.
Earl Monroe led the Knicks with 23 points, followed by Bill Bradley with 20 and Walt Frazier with 18. For the Lakers, Gail Goodrich led all scorers with 28 points while Wilt Chamberlain had one of his best scoring nights with 23 and led both teams with 21 rebounds. Willis Reed of the New York Knicks was named Most Valuable Player in this championship series. (The photo above shows members of the Knicks championship team, left to right: Jerry Lucas, Walt Frazier, Willis Reed, Phil Jackson and Bill Bradley.)
This would be the last NBA Finals appearance for the Lakers until 1980. This was the first NBA Championship win for the Knicks' players Jerry Lucas and Earl Monroe. The Knicks would not make it back to the NBA Finals until 1994.
Photo below is courtesy of Sports Illustrated. Dean Meminger (left) and Earl Monroe (right) enjoy a game of cards on their charter plane back to New York after beating the Lakers for the championship.
Swizz Beatz was seen wearing the Mitchell & Ness New York Knicks Downtown Track Jacket
On June 22, 1994, the Houston Rockets defeated the New York Knicks, 90-84, in Game 7 of the NBA Finals. This win gave the Rockets their first NBA Championship in the 27-year history of the franchise.
Hakeem Olajuwon finished with 25 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists and three blocks. Olajuwon was named NBA Finals Most Valuable Player, becoming the first center to win the award since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in 1985. Vernon Maxwell added 21 points, while Sam Cassell scored the first six points of the fourth quarter to finish with 13. Derek Harper led the Knicks with 23 points in the loss. Patrick Ewing was held to 17 points on 7-of-17 shooting. This 1994 series was Patrick Ewing's first NBA Finals appearance, and he set a Finals record for the most blocks in a series with 30.
The Houston Rockets played seven low-scoring defensive games against the New York Knicks during this season. After splitting the first two games in Houston, the Knicks won two out of three games at Madison Square Garden. In Game 6, Olajuwon blocked a last-second attempt at a game winner by John Starks, which gave the Rockets an 86-84 victory, resulting in Game 7.