Forgotten Raptors Playoffs: Antonio Davis dominates the Knicks in 2001

In April of 2001, the Raptors won their first-ever playoff series — but they wouldn’t have done it without Antonio Davis Welcome to Forgotten Raptors Playoffs! All throughout the 2019 NBA Playoffs, we’ll be looking back at past Raptors series — going all the way back to 2000 — and digging into the hidden, underrated, forgotten or straight-up wacky subplots and memories!
Today we look at Toronto’s first playoff series win: The first round in 2001.
The Situation
Toronto Raptors (47-35, 5th seed) vs. New York Knicks (48-34, 4th seed)
The Outcome
Toronto defeats New York 3-2 in the best-of-five series.
What Everyone Remembers
The Raptors recovered from a 2-1 series deficit to win the series on the road in Madison Square Garden behind Alvin Williams’ clutch, series-clinching jumper (off a broken play) with 40 seconds to go.
What You Should Probably Remember Instead
That Antonio Davis, coming off his lone All-Star season, dominated the series, beating the Knicks at what used to be their own game.
For years, the Knicks pushed everyone around — even Michael Jordan’s Bulls, although they never did beat Jordan. But in 2001, following the trade of Patrick Ewing and seeing Larry Johnson’s season cut short due to back injury, …

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Author: Josh Kern / Raptors HQ

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