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NY sports history: March 23, 1968

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Saturday, March 23, 1968

Knicks take first playoff game at Garden

In their first playoff game at the current Madison Square Garden, the Knicks beat Philadelphia, 128-117, in Game 2 of the 1968 Eastern Division semifinals. The Knicks, who dropped Game 1 to the 76ers in Philadelphia, ultimately lost the series 4-2. Dick Barnett (23.8), Cazzie Russell (21.7), Willis Reed (21.3) and Walt Bellamy (20) each averaged over 20 points-per-game in the series, while Bellamy (16) and Reed (10.3) also added double-digit rebounds-per-game. The series, which alternated sites, saw the Knicks win their first two home games to even the round at two games. But Philadelphia then won two straight contests, including a 113-97 victory at the Garden in Game 6, to advance. The Knicks finished third in the division in the regular season at 43-39. The 76ers, who were an NBA-best 62-20 in the regular season, went on to lose to the eventual NBA champion Boston Celtics in seven games in the Eastern Division finals.

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