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The First Season: Game 7

November 30, 1946

For their first road game the Warriors traveled 100 miles north to the Gramercy Park neighborhood in Manhattan where the New York Knickerbockers would host them at the 69th Regiment Armory. The Warriors entered the game with a .500 mark at 3-3 trailing the 9-2 Knicks in the East by 3.5 games. Coach Eddie Gottlieb tinkered with his lineup for the game, returning forward George Senesky to the lineup, replacing Fred Sheffield, whose spot in the backcourt would be taken by Howie Dallmar.

After starting the season at 2-2, the Knicks had reeled off seven consecutive wins, with the most recent coming against Providence in a two-point nail biter. Head coach Neil Cohalan had his charges playing good defense while scoring just enough points to win, having already played four overtime games on the young season. The balanced lineup included Sonny Hertzberg and Hank Rosenstein at the forwards, Bob Cluggish in the middle, Ralph Kaplowitz at one guard position, and Ossie Schectman, returning from a back injury, at the other guard.

In front of 5,219 spectators, the largest to see a Warriors game so far, the visiting Philadelphians took it to the Knicks early, leading by three points after the first period. In the second, the New York defense put a lid on Joe Fulks and his teammates, holding the Warriors to just seven points, and amassing a 24-21 lead at the intermission.

In the third quarter it was more of the same as the Knicks went on scoring tear, running their lead to 11 by the end. They extended their lead to 13 early in the fourth quarter before the Warriors, behind Fulks and Pete Rosenberg, put on a late surge and eventually went ahead 54-53 with 50 seconds to play. In the last furious finish, however, Art Hillhouse fouled Cluggish and the 6-10 center sank his free throw to tie the game at 54, sending the game to eventual overtime.

In the overtime period, the Knicks found the early advantage and made it hold up until Rosenberg closed the margin to two, hitting on a longish set shot with 15 seconds to go. With the Knicks now leading 62-60, Schectman heaved the ball the length of the court to a cherry-picking Kaplowitz who sank the easy lay-up giving New York a 64-60 win.

Despite the loss, Fulks had regained his shooting touch, scoring 26 to lead all players. Reserve forward Tommy Byrnes paced the victors with 17. The Warriors now dropped to fourth place in the six-team division with a 3-4 mark, while the Knicks improved to 10-2, the best mark in the league, just a game ahead of the Washington Capitols in the East.

Box

November 30, 1946
69th Regiment Armory
New York, New York
Attendance 5,219

Knicks 64, Warriors 60

Philadelphia 14 7 11 22 8 -60
New York 11 13 19 11 10 -64

Philadelphia scoring

Joe Fulks 26p
Pete Rosenberg 13p
Howie Dallmar 5p
Angelo Musi 4p
Fred Sheffield 4p
Jerry Fleishman 3p
George Senesky 3p
Art Hillhouse 2p

New York scoring

Tommy Byrnes 17p
Ossie Schectman 13p
Ralph Kaplowitz 10p
Hank Rosenstein 7p
Sonny Hertzberg 6p
Nat Militzok 6p
Bob Cluggish 3p
Leo Gottlieb 2p

This FanPost is a submission from a member of the mighty Golden State of Mind community. While we're all here to throw up that W, these words do not necessarily reflect the views of the GSoM Crew. Still, chances are the preceding post is Unstoppable Baby!

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