Bernard King scored 44 points for the Knicks in a playoff game against the Celtics on this date in 1984

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Bernard King carried the New York Knicks to 106-104 home victory against the Boston Celtics in Game 6 of their second-round series.

He went 16-25 on field goals and 12-15 on free throws to score his 44 points. He got help from Bill Cartwright, who finished with 14 points and 14 rebounds.

The Celtics were led by Larry Bird, who finished with 35 points, 11 rebounds, seven assists and three steals. Kevin McHale had 16 points and 10 rebounds.

Despite King’s heroics in Game 6, the Celtics beat the Knicks 121-104 in Game 7. Boston went on to beat the Los Angeles Lakers in seven games in the 1984 NBA Finals.