The six-season drought was just one shy of a franchise record (seven seasons from 1959-66).
Before this recent drought the Knicks had missed the playoffs just nine times in 28 seasons following the NBA merger (1976-77).
The Nuggets, defeated the Los Angeles Lakers to clinch their eighth straight playoff berth.
They were the first team to beat the Lakers at the Staples Center since the San Antonio Spurs did so on February 3.
The Nuggets have won six straight overall and are now 11-games over .500 since the trade.
It would be huge for Denver to catch them as the Nuggets are 9-0 at home since the All-Star break.
The Lakers loss coupled with the Spurs win provided some breathing room for San Antonio.
The Spurs picked up their first win in seven games thanks to a large contribution from their bench against the Phoenix Suns.
San Antonio's bench did most of its damage from 15-feet and beyond.
Spurs Bench Shooting From 15+ Feet
Last Seven Games
According to video surveillance the Spurs reserves shot 60 percent from the field and scored 41 of their points from that range.
During the team's six game losing streak their bench shot under 40 percent from that area, scoring just 15.8 points per game on those attempts.
Bonner was a team-best plus-31 while on the court in just 24 minutes of action.
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It’s the second time this season the Celtics have done so. The rest of the NBA combined has two such games.
It’s the fourth time in the last 25 seasons the Celtics have had two such games in a season, and first since the 1990-91 campaign.