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oTricks for the Knicks. The Knicks get into the meaty part of their schedule right off the bat when they open the season tonight with the Lakers in the Garden. Even without George Mikan, this starting quintet spells trouble: (l. to r.) Slater Martin, Vern Mikkelsen, Clyde Lovellette, Jim Pollard and Whitey Skoog. (Photo by Tom Watson/NY Daily News via Getty Images)

1954: Minneapolis Lakers 87, Syracuse Nationals 80
As George Mikan showed his wear and tear – shortly after the season, he retired – Jim Pollard stepped in and scored 21 points to help the Lakers secure another crown.