1996-97 SEASON Record: 57-25 The Knicks signed free-agent shooting guard...

1996-97 SEASON
Record: 57-25
The Knicks signed free-agent shooting guard Allan Houston in the offseason. The former Piston quickly emerged as New York’s No. 2 scoring threat, and the Knicks responded with a third-place finish in the loaded Eastern Conference. Glen Rice and the 54-28 Hornets were up first; the Knicks dominated, sweeping the first round match-up. In the semifinals, the Knicks took on the No. 2 seed Miami Heat. Heading to Game 5, the Knicks looked in control, up 3-1. However, a fight between the two teams had far-reaching implications: Patrick Ewing, Allan Houston and Charlie Ward were suspended for Game 6, and Larry Johnson and John Starks were suspended for Game 7. The Knicks lost all three games, dropping the series in seven.
Pictured: The brawl between the Knicks and Heat in the playoffs
Credit: AP

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