Hans Remembers- Friday May 8, 1970- 50 Years Ago.
- The NBA season came to a close with one of the most inspirational individual performances in sports history. The New York Knicks defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 113-99 in Game 7 of the NBA finals at Madison Square Garden in New York. The game was really over when the Knicks Willis Reed who had tore a muscle in his thigh four days earlier walked out onto the court and started the game after a shot of carbocaine and cortisone helped him endure the pain. He played until halftime but his presence along inspired his teammates. Walt Frazier was the leading scorer with 36 points for the Knicks. The game was never really close- the Knicks led 69-42 at the half. For the eighth time in a dozen seasons the Lakers lost in the NBA Finals. They would finally win in 1972.
- Also in New York City a group of 500 construction workers attacked a group of 1000 student protesters outside of New York City Hall near the intersection of Wall Street and Broad Street. The students who were mainly from Pace University had marched up to Wall Street and were at an anti- war rally outside the municipal offices when the construction workers came wearing their hard hats at 1 P.M. and nearly overwhelmed a force of some 50 cops stationed on the perimeter of City Hall. More than 70 people were injured.