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It's been 27 years since #Knicks had a homestand of 8 games or more. The last time it happened...
...Patrick Ewing was in his second season.
But the Knicks weren't yet on their way to being the contender they were during Ewing's career. In fact, Hubie Brown had been fired 16 games into the season and replaced by assistant coach Bob Hill by the time the eight-game homestand began on Dec. 13, 1986.
The team lost the first four games of the homestand (imagine, the Garden drew well under 15,000 fans at the time) and were on an 8-game losing streak. They then managed to salvage the homestand by winning the last four games for a 4-4 split.
Ewing put up decent numbers during this lengthy homestand, which last through the holiday season. He averaged 24.8 points, 9.9 rebounds, 2.3 blocks and 1.4 assists in 36.3 minutes per game over the eight games. He shot 52.4% from the field.
The homestand included an 86-85 win over Michael Jordan and the Bulls on Christmas Day. Ewing had 28 points and 17 rebounds, while Jordan had 30 points.
Charles Oakley, who would become a Knick two seasons later, had 5 points and 12 rebounds.
The homestand ended with a win over the Washington Bullets on Dec. 30. The season, however, ended with a 24-58 record.
It was time for a change. The NBA draft produced Mark Jackson and a coaching search resulted in Rick Pitino.