Jun 102013
 

The Philadelphia Warriors hosted the New York Knicks in a critical game for both teams. The Warriors, despite playing indifferent basketball in recent weeks, were within a game and a half of the Knicks for second place in the Eastern Division. New York, for their part, were just 5-16 since the middle of December. In response, head coach Neil Cohalan had made significant changes, trading guard Bob Mullens to Toronto for 6’5″ forward Bob Fitzgerald and adding 5’10″ guard Frank Mangiapane, a former NYU star, most recently seen playing in the American Basketball League.

Mangiapane was expected to start alongside another recent acquisition, Bud Palmer, in the backcourt. Elsewhere, Bob Cluggish would man the middle, flanked by Sonny Hertzberg and Tommy Byrnes.

The Warriors would counter with the league’s leading scorer, Joe Fulks in the frontcourt along with Angelo Musi at the other forward position and Howie Dallmar, who was receiving notice around the league for his superior ball-handling skills, in the pivot. At guards were George Senesky and former Knick Ralph Kaplowitz. Coming off the bench would be Jerry Rullo, the league’s leader in field goal accuracy, shooting .353 from the floor.

The teams had last met on December 5. The Knicks had come into the game sporting a nine-game winning streak and an 11-2 record overall, the best in the league at the time. The Warriors had ended the skein with a convincing 62-51 and shortly thereafter, the New Yorkers had started their slide.

Noting the importance of the game, Philadelphia fans gave the team a sellout and the Warriors immediately rewarded their enthusiasm. While the 6’11″ Cluggish, assigned to guard Fulks, shut the scoring wizard down completely over the first 20 minutes of the game, Senesky took up the slack sinking five of his first six shots and leading the Warriors to an 11 point lead before the first quarter was half over. After the initial flurry, the Philadelphia five kept up the pressure and led 26-13 at the end of the period. The Knicks, refusing to be dismissed so easily, fought back to within seven points at the half.

In the third quarter, the teams played evenly, but early in the last stanza the Knicks closed to within five before eventually succumbing, 65-58. Cluggish, playing a physical and relatively effective game against Fulks before fouling out, held Jumping Joe to 18 points, a mark that still led both teams in scoring. Senesky tallied 14 of his own. Palmer led the Knicks with 16.

With the win, the Warriors improved to 19-16, now just a half game behind the Knicks in the division, though still well back of the 29-6 Washington Capitols.

Box

January 30, 1947
Philadelphia Arena
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Attendance 7,894

Warriors 65, Knicks 58

New York scoring

Bud Palmer 16p
Tommy Byrnes 9p
Stan Stutz 8p
Bob Cluggish 6p
John Murphy 6p
Nat Militzok 4p
Leo Gottlieb 3p
Sonny Hertzberg 3p
Frank Mangiapane 2p
Ossie Schectman 1p
Bob Fitzgerald
Dick Murphy

Philadelphia scoring

Joe Fulks 18p
George Senesky 14p
Howie Dallmar 8p
Jerry Fleishman 8p
Angelo Musi 6p
Jerry Rullo 6p
Art Hillhouse 3p
Ralph Kaplowitz 2p
Matt Guokas
Pete Rosenberg

Philadelphia Inquirer

BAA Eastern Division standings at the end of the day (courtesy ShrpSports):

Washington 29-6 .829
New York 19-15 .559 9 1/2
Philadelphia 19-16 .543 10
Providence 16-18 .471 12 1/2
Toronto 12-22 .353 16 1/2
Boston 13-25 .342 17 1/2

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