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1997–98 New York Knicks season
Head coach Jeff Van Gundy
Arena Madison Square Garden
Record 43–39 (.524)
Place Division: 2nd
Conference: 7th
Playoff finish Lost in Eastern Conference Semifinals to Indiana Pacers, 4–1
New York Knicks seasons
< 1996–97 1998–99 >

The 1997–98 New York Knicks season was the 52nd season for the team in the National Basketball Association (NBA). In the regular season, the Knicks had a 43-39 record, which placed them in a tie for second in the Atlantic Division.[1] Despite their lowest winning percentage since the 1990–91 season, the team qualified for the NBA Playoffs as the seventh seed.

The 1998 NBA Playoffs matched the Knicks against the Miami Heat, who had eliminated the Knicks in the 1997 playoffs in a series that featured a brawl during Game 5.[2] The altercation led to the suspension of six players, including five Knicks.[3] In the 1998 series, another brawl occurred in the closing seconds of Game 4, which the Knicks won to even the series at two games each. Larry Johnson and Alonzo Mourning exchanged punches, and Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy clung to one of Mourning's legs at one point in an attempt to separate the two.[4] Three players were suspended for Game 5, including Johnson and Mourning.[5] New York won Game 5 to advance to the second round, where it lost to the Indiana Pacers in five games.[1]

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