Patrick Ewing scored 29 points and put New York ahead to stay with a three-point play seven seconds into overtime, and the Knicks went on to a 121-114 victory over the Golden State Warriors last night in New York.
Ewing also had 13 rebounds and four blocked shots as he dominated Warriors veteran Joe Barry Carroll, who was four for 13 from the field and scored 13 points before leaving in the fourth quarter with an injured jaw. Carroll was struck in the jaw by New York guard Rory Sparrow's elbow on a rebound.
"Every time I play against another center, I think I learn from it," Ewing said. "He scored 28 points against me last time, but I played real well defensively against him tonight."
"Ewing is so powerful and has learned a lot about the post position since we last saw him," said Golden State Coach John Bach, referring to his team's 111-104 victory over New York on Oct. 31. "Obviously, he's an impact player. He was even blocking shots on the perimeter."
A near-sellout crowd of 19,090 at Madison Square Garden saw the first New York pro appearance of former St. John's All-America Chris Mullin, who scored 11 points on three for 10 shooting for the Warriors. Mullin had been up most of the night after his younger brother suffered a ruptured appendix and was in the intensive care unit following surgery in New York.
The Warriors' Purvis Short led all scorers with 34 points. Larry Smith had 14 points and 17 rebounds before he was ejected with a minute left in the fourth quarter for fighting with New York forward Ken Bannister.
A 9-2 streak by the Warriors tied the score in the fourth quarter, and it was close to the final buzzer. Ewing's free throw with eight seconds left forced the overtime at 106-106.
Ewing's three-pointer gave the Knicks a 109-106 lead in overtime. The Warriors got within a point twice before the Knicks clinched the victory with eight straight points.