The buzzer-beating climax of the ‘90s Knicks-Heat rivalry needs a deep rewind

The Knicks-Heat rivalry of the late ‘90s was violent and slow and ugly and...really, really fun. Its pinnacle, at least in terms of basketball, has to have been the final moments of Game 5 in the 1999 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. To understand what made that last-second finish so meaningful, you have to understand the whole rivalry.

It goes back to Pat Riley leaving the Knicks for the Heat. Riley acquired Alonzo Mourning, a player once recruited to Georgetown by Knicks star Patrick...

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