Today in Sports History: December 16

On this day in 1993, Patrick Ewing moved past Walt Frazier to become New York’s all-time leading scorer, with 14,618 career points, after hitting a second-quarter jumper during the Knicks’ 108-85 win over the visiting Los Angeles Lakers. Ewing played 17 seasons in the NBA and racked up 24,815 total points ranking him no.23 on the NBA All-Time Points Leaders list. Ewing was a star from the get-go, he was voted NBA Rookie of the Year after averaging 20 points, 9 rebounds, and 2 blocks per game. Ewing helped the Knicks become title contenders, but ultimately fell short. In the 1994 NBA Finals, the Knicks were up 3-2 but lost both games 6 and 7 in the final seconds against the Houston Rockets. Ewing’s accolades include 7x All-NBA Team, 3x NBA All-Defensive Second Team, and 11x NBA All-Star. Ewing  was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2008 and his no.33 is retired by the NY Knicks.

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