By Jose Martinez

Prior to the start of the 1999 NBA Playoffs, the New York Knicks (27-23) squeaked by the Charlotte Hornets (26-24) in a lockout shortened season for the last spot in the Eastern Conference. With the Knicks matching up against the No. 1 seed Miami Heat in the first round, no one—except for those in New York, of course—probably gave them a fighting chance. But then, on May 16, 1999, with the Knicks down by one and only 4.5 seconds left in the 4th quarter of a series-deciding Game 5 contest, Allan Houston received an inbounds pass and managed to find enough room to take a one-handed jumper which got a pretty lucky bounce before going through the hoop.

The Knicks became only the second No. 8 seed to upset an No. 1 seed in NBA history. New York went on to make it in the record books once again that year, becoming the first No. 8 seed to ever make it to the Finals. Unfortunately, their magical run came to an end when they faced the San Antonio Spurs.

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