Take a trip down memory lane as we share a crazy moment at the podium, an amazing posterization, an absolute on-court fail or a memorable shooting performance from the postseason of the National Basketball Association in This Day in NBA Playoffs History.
Prior to the start of the 1999 NBA Playoffs, the New York Knicks (27-23) squeaked by the Charlotte Hornets (26-24) in a lockout shortened season for the last spot in the Eastern Conference. With the Knicks matching up against the No. 1 seed Miami Heat in the first round, no one—except for those in New York, of course—probably gave them a fighting chance. But then, on May 16, 1999, with the Knicks down by one and only 4.5 seconds left in the 4th quarter of a series-deciding Game 5 contest, Allan Houston received an inbounds pass and managed to find enough room to take a one-handed jumper which got a pretty lucky bounce before going through the hoop.
The Knicks became only the second No. 8 seed to upset an No. 1 seed in NBA history. New York went on to make it in the record books once again that year, becoming the first No. 8 seed to ever make it to the Finals. Unfortunately, their magical run came to an end when they faced the San Antonio Spurs.