"You mean you can see if the basket's tilted a little?" he was asked. "You must have great vision. Have you ever had your eyes checked?"
"Yeah, lotsa times. I had to because I need glasses."
"How could the basket have been tilted? They tested it with a level right before the game."
"I don't know," said Monroe. "Maybe it's me that's tilted."
After the fifth game, the rabid Madison Square Garden fans were almost bent out of shape with renewed admiration for Frazier. The Knicks won it 106-105 as their guards reasserted superiority. Their dominance was so complete that Porter was held scoreless and all three Capital guards were in deep foul trouble by the middle of the third period. Chenier shot accurately, hitting 11 of 16, and the rest of the Bullets again played well but they could not overcome Frazier, who finished with 38 points.
And what a finish. With 6:49 remaining, Chenier committed his fifth personal, and from then on Frazier went to work. While Riordan, Chenier, Unseld and Hayes combined to score 18 points, Walt held them off almost by himself. Of the Knicks' last nine field goals, Frazier scored seven without a miss and assisted on the other two. One of them was a baseline drive right at Hayes that included a masterful bit of midair sleight-of-hand. Frazier drew Elvin's blocking hand to the right side of the basket and then laid the ball backhanded off the glass from the left side. And he hit shots from way outside, several from so far beyond his usual 15-foot range that Capital Coach K.C. Jones admitted he was glad to see Walt take them. One of those was a jumper from 25 feet to the right which sealed the Knick win. It turned their high-wire act with the Bullets into New York's own basketball circus.