The First Season: Game 9

December 5, 1946

Coming off their convincing win over Providence, the Warriors now hosted the Knicks in the second of a two-game homestand. Just two games ago, the Warriors had forced New York to overtime before succumbing, 64-60. In the meantime, the Knicks had extended their winning streak to nine games and sported an 11-2 record, staying a game ahead of the Washington Capitols in the East. The Warriors would face a lineup unchanged from their previous meeting: Sonny Hertzberg, Hank Rosenstein, and Bob Cluggish down low, and at the guards, Ossie Schectman and Ralph Kaplowitz.

Philadelphia, at 4-4, trailed New York by 4.5 games, and coach Gottlieb returned George Senesky and Howie Dallmar back to the lineup, sitting Pete Rosenberg and Jerry Fleishman.

With the top team in the league in town, 3,792 spectators filled the Arena and saw the Warriors play an aggressive defense right from the start. Dominating the rebounding, Philadelphia jumped out to a 17-6 first quarter lead. From there, the Knicks slowly ate at the margin until, about halfway through the third quarter, they went in front.

The game momentarily seesawed at that point as the teams exchanged baskets, but a Dallmar jumper and a Joe Fulks free throw put the Warriors back in front. Inexorably, Philadelphia built upon their lead, and controlled the game in the fourth quarter. Only once, when Hertzberg hit two shots in a row to bring the Knicks to within 52-47, was the contest in doubt, but when Senesky drove the lane to score easily on the following possession, the Knicks collapsed. The Warriors coasted home to a 62-51 victory and New York's nine-game winning streak was over.

Philadelphia's Angelo Musi led all scorers with 20, followed closely by Fulks with 19. Kaplowitz led New York with 13. The Warriors, now at 5-4, gained a full game on the 11-3 Knicks, trailing by 3.5 games.


December 5, 1946
Philadelphia Arena
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Attendance 3,792

Warriors 62, Knicks 51

New York 25 26 -51
Philadelphia 28 34 -62

New York scoring

Ralph Kaplowitz 13p
Sonny Hertzberg 10p
Tommy Byrnes 7p
Hank Rosenstein 7p
Stan Stutz 5p
Ossie Schectman 3p
Bob Cluggish 2p
Leo Gottlieb 2p
Nat Militzok 2p
Dick Murphy

Philadelphia scoring

Angelo Musi 20p
Joe Fulks 19p
Howie Dallmar 11p
George Senesky 10p
Art Hillhouse 1p
Pete Rosenberg 1p
Jerry Fleishman
Matt Guokas
Jerry Rullo
Fred Sheffield

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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