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The New York Knicks' Greatest Season

Geoff Block

Geoff Block, a former executive with Crown Growth Partners, has served RLB Squared, LLC, as manager for more than five years. A New York native, Geoff Block continues to support the city’s sports teams, including the New York Knicks.

The single greatest New York Knicks season began in 1969. Following a 54-win 1968-69 season that ended with an early playoffs exit, the 1969-1970 Knicks, led by Walt Frazier and Willis Reed, won 23 of 24 games to open the season. The Knicks did not lose a road game until mid-December, and despite a four-game loss at the end of the year, finished with a 60-22 record, the only time a Knicks team has hit the 60-win mark.
Entering the 1970 playoffs as the No. 1 overall seed, the Knicks initially struggled to replicate their regular season success, especially on the road, but managed to defeat the Baltimore Bullets in seven games. In the second round, Walt Frazier, who led the playoffs with 156 total assists, helped steady the Knicks offense. New York advanced in five games.
In the 1970 NBA Finals, the Knicks came up against Wilt Chamberlain, Jerry West, and the Los Angeles Lakers. The Knicks dropped home-court advantage in a 105-103 loss in Game 2 but rebounded with a 111-108 win two days later. Ultimately, a 36-point effort from Frazier in Game 7 brought the franchise its first NBA championship. The Knicks won their second and only other NBA title in 1973 after a 57-win regular season.

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