After three years of post season play with Buffalo. New York Bob McAdoo found watching last spring's playoff games on television a frustration experience.

"I was determined this year to come back and play as hard as I could to get back into the playoffs," said McAdoo, who averaged 32 points in 22 playoff games when he was with the Braves. "It was tough sitting home in front of the television last year."

Wednesday night, he got his chance.

The 6-foot-10 center dumped in 41 points to spark the New York Knicks to a 132-144 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers, giving the Knicks a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three series.

McAdoo's 41 points were only two short of the Knick's playoff mark of 43 held by Coach Willis Reed. The 1973 North Carolina graduate made 17 of 25 field goal attempts and broke the game open in the third quarter after the Cavs came back to tie the score at 67.

With less than 10 minutes remaining in the third period, McAdoo hit for six points and teammate Lonnie Shelton added four to spark a 14-2 Knick streak that gave them a 81-60 lead and put them ahead to stay.

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