The Knicks defeated the Celtics on Friday night, advancing to the second round of the playoffs for the first time since 2000.
"Well, it's just another step," coach Mike Woodson said after the game. "It's a major step for this organization, for our fans in New York who've been with us for many years. The players that put in all the time this summer to get to this point. My coaching staff. It's been a total team effort, but it's just one step. I'm looking at the big picture and I'm only in this for one thing and that's to try to win an NBA title and we made a major step today, but we've got a long way to go."
New York will host the Pacers in the semifinals beginning on Sunday afternoon.
"It's a big relief for myself, for us as a team, for the organization, to make that next step, which is getting out of the first round. It's something that I've been looking forward to since I came here to New York. It's something this organization has been looking forward to, it's something that the city of New York has been looking forward to. And we were able to accomplish that."