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Pacers collapse in fourth quarter, Knicks win in rout to even series

May 7, 2013, 10:54 PM EDT

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It all started with 3:05 left in the third quarter. The Pacers had been on a 10-4 run and had taken a two-point lead — Indiana had the momentum. Game 2 of this second round series was starting to look a lot like Game 1, when the Pacers beat the Knicks in Madison Square Garden.

Then with 3:05 left Pacers coach Frank Vogel called timeout. You don’t often see the team on the run call the timeout. Vogel also wanted to get his key big man Roy Hibbert some rest and subbed in Jeff Pendergraph. Soon Carmelo Anthony stole the ball from Paul George, then on the offensive end Anthony isolated on David West and took him to the hole for a lay-up. There was no Hibbert there to slow him.

After a Knicks stop, Carmelo isolated on West again, drove the lane, Pendergraph rotated late and Anthony dunked all over him and got the and-1.

That was the start of a ridiculous 30-2 Knicks run — Indiana didn’t score from the field for more than 12 minutes — that turned a close game into a blowout and a 105-79 Knicks win. Anthony finished with 32 points and 9 rebounds.

This series is now tied 1-1 and headed to Indiana. Eventually. These two teams are off until Saturday night.

From the start of the game the Knicks played with some desperation and with a better plan of attack — more pick-and-roll, they are driving into the paint and looking for kick-outs. Raymond Felton started 4-of-4, the Knicks closed the quarter on 18-9 run and lead 29-20 after 12 minutes.

The Pacers were still getting their looks — they shot 54.5 percent in the first half — but only had 42 points because of 12 turnovers. They finished the game with 21 turnovers, or 23.9 percent of their possessions ended in a turnover for the game. Nearly one in four trips down the court.

Still, after the Knicks missed last six shots, Pacers closed the half on an 8-0 to make it 47-42 Knicks at the break.

Anthony continued his struggles in the first half — he had 10 points but needed 11 shots to get there. Anthony and J.R. Smith combined to shoot 33% in first half, rest of Knicks team knocking down 60.9%.

But the second half — and particularly the fourth quarter — was like a different game.

Anthony shot 9-of-15 in the second half for 22 points. Tyson Chandler shot 3-of-3, as did Pablo Prigioni. Kenyon Martin shot 2-of-2, Iman Shumpert was 2-of-3. Everything worked for the Knicks (except J.R. Smith, who was 0-5).

It was more than the offense, the Knicks upped their defensive pressure and played like the desperate team after Vogel’s timeout. The Pacers went 12 minutes without a bucket from the field, they shot just 4-of-16 in the fourth, and their offense completely broke down. Earlier in the game they were getting their looks working inside out, but as they fell behind the Pacers just started to jack up threes.

I expect the Pacers, back at home and feeling comfortable Saturday, will return more to their form.

The question is which Knicks team shows up, the one from the first half or the one from the fourth quarter. If it’s the latter, it will not matter where the game is played.

  1. Mr. Wright 212 - May 7, 2013 at 10:56 PM

    *Knicks shut down Pacers.

    Not “Pacers collapse”. Game 1 was an aberration.

    • badintent - May 8, 2013 at 1:03 AM

      20+ beatdown, meatdown.Melo put the big Honey Nutt smackdown with help from Pablo’s3. Hibbet makes Mark Eaton look smoooooooooooooth.But he is a lot tougher than Posh Bosh.

    • fanofevilempire - May 8, 2013 at 1:23 AM

      Knickerbockers used the shut down defense, see Boston.
      Woody made the adjustments, the guys were active on defense
      and moved the ball on the offense.
      I think we could get at least a split in Indy.

    • fanofevilempire - May 8, 2013 at 1:38 AM

      so Pacers can hug Melo from behind on defense.

    • cantonbound13 - May 8, 2013 at 6:46 AM

      Kurt’s a joke. Never gives the Knicks credit & looks for any reason to praise his favorite team in Miami. He should change this site to or

      • Mr. Wright 212 - May 8, 2013 at 5:54 PM

        Yeah, cantonbound, seriously. Between ESPN, TNT and this site, you can’t ever get anyone to give the Knicks credit. It’s always what the other team DIDN’T do when the Knicks win, and in the contrary, an overstatement of anything the other team did when the Knicks lose.

  2. melkipershero - May 7, 2013 at 10:57 PM

    What happened to Melo’s shoulder? Or is that a fashion statement?

    • Mr. Wright 212 - May 7, 2013 at 11:05 PM

      Everyone’s going after it in the playoffs. West initially injured it on a cheap shot three weeks ago, then Bradley hit it, and West and Hibbert both hit it again in Game 1 and tonight.

      • eboneseagles - May 7, 2013 at 11:08 PM

        I think it got injured when KG tugged on his arm.

      • iknowzeroaboutsports - May 7, 2013 at 11:35 PM

        And he ran into a cameraman.

      • fanofevilempire - May 8, 2013 at 10:02 AM

        did you see Melos bad ass hat, he got that up the block, I know that spot.

        stylin and profiling………………. Clyde calls them the stingie brim.

    • melkipershero - May 7, 2013 at 11:12 PM

      If you cant beat ’em, beat ’em

      • fanofevilempire - May 8, 2013 at 1:24 AM

        Melo injured his shoulder lifting La La’s legs.

    • fanofevilempire - May 8, 2013 at 7:13 AM

      I wonder if Jeremy Lin and George Karl are watching Melo, he is awesome.

  3. Mr. Wright 212 - May 7, 2013 at 10:57 PM

    Got to figure out what’s wrong with JR, though, although he did hit a couple in the 2nd half. It’s driving me nuts and stalling the offense.

    • money2long - May 8, 2013 at 6:16 AM

      some would say him getting that 6th man trophy may have toned down his focus. i hope that’s not the case. he’ll get back on track.

      • Mr. Wright 212 - May 8, 2013 at 1:47 PM

        I mean he played great the night that he got the award, that long layoff (he was probably partying and smoking galore, and one of my friends saw him out in Jersey buying out the mall during the suspension) really disrupted his rhythm.

  4. eboneseagles - May 7, 2013 at 10:58 PM

    Great all around effort that shows everyone what happens when the knicks are committed on both ends. Can’t wait to see them go into hick territory for a win Saturday. Now if we could only get JR going it’d be a wrap. Knickstape baby, some sweet dunks as well!

    • melkipershero - May 7, 2013 at 11:02 PM

      Indianapolis isnt exactlly “hick town.” You New Yorkers are great though. One of the reasons I love the internet. I guess if youre from NY everywhere seems like hick town.

      • eboneseagles - May 7, 2013 at 11:06 PM

        Knicks vs Hicks…

      • Mr. Wright 212 - May 7, 2013 at 11:07 PM

        Anything west of Jersey is hick territory.

      • melkipershero - May 7, 2013 at 11:09 PM

        What are people from NJ called? White trash? :) Sorry for the questions eagles I just enjoy learning things

      • badintent - May 8, 2013 at 1:07 AM

        People from Jersey are called heros for helping NYC during the 9/11 attack by those lower class smelly primates.Jersey people drove boats over to Lower Manhattan to help evacuate workers over to Hoboken. God bless them.Jersey stood shoulder to shoulder with NY and now we stand with Boston Strong against the vermin.

  5. melkipershero - May 7, 2013 at 10:58 PM

    Is this the round the 2-3-2 format starts or did they do away with that?

    • eboneseagles - May 7, 2013 at 11:01 PM

      Can you stop asking all these dumb questions? Go look it up, you sound like you’ve never even watched a game.

      • melkipershero - May 7, 2013 at 11:05 PM

        I bet you have a lot of friends. Hahaha

      • stlouis1baseball - May 8, 2013 at 4:54 PM

        With your recaps…it’s apparent you could learn a lot about the great game of basketball.
        Between you and Reverend Wright…you are embarassing your fellow Knicks fans, the Organization and the entire state of New York.

      • Mr. Wright 212 - May 9, 2013 at 2:43 PM

        I have a lot to learn? I’ve forgotten more basketball than most of the guys posting here will ever know. I played for 19 years in city leagues, coached for four and officiated for six others. I know the game inside and out. Homers and haters don’t like facts when it reflects badly on their team or makes a team that they hate look good. And I especially love pointing things out that I know will ruffle the feathers of overly sensitive stans for certain teams and players.

    • Mr. Wright 212 - May 7, 2013 at 11:06 PM

      It’s 2-2-1-1-1 until the Finals. And that was changed due to the travel constraints placed upon the reporters who got tired of all the cross-country trips 25 years ago.

      • melkipershero - May 7, 2013 at 11:14 PM

        Im sure being in the media is really physically demanding.

      • Mr. Wright 212 - May 8, 2013 at 3:02 AM

        If you are flying home (back then) back east, then flying back to the west coast (Boston/Lakers series is when it became the issue, as I recall back then), 3-4 red eye flights in a week would drain you also.

    • fanofevilempire - May 8, 2013 at 1:28 AM

      badintent, you need to relax, wtf is wrong with you?
      why you pulling out 9/11 for??

      • eventhorizon04 - May 8, 2013 at 1:49 AM

        …Yeah, that was kind of messed up on his part.

        Competing fans of the Pacers and Knicks were kidding around about the “arrogant New Yorker” versus “Midwest hick” stereotypes, and he suddenly brings up that stuff?

        It’s like, “Dude…you’re not really understanding what this conversation is about…and it’s kind of weird you immediately thought of terrorism in response to a some sports trash-talking.”

      • Mr. Wright 212 - May 8, 2013 at 3:03 AM

        Yeah, I dunno where the 9/11 business came from. It’s all good natured trash talk like we used to do in the 90s with Pacers fans.

  6. yousuxxors - May 7, 2013 at 11:08 PM

    how is Indy a hick town? woodson needs to show then the 1st and 4th quarters and tell them this is what happens when you move the ball, take it to the hole and play aggressive defense. they are unbeatable when they do that but hard to teach a old dog new tricks and they revert to melo ball. Pablo and shump have flat out amazing in these playoffs. SHUMP is back baby. see d-rose … you need to play to get your confidence back.

    • melkipershero - May 7, 2013 at 11:13 PM

      The difference is D. Rose has over $200 million is guaranteed contracts. His team has nothing but heart and he seems to have none.

      • theghostofwillisreed - May 8, 2013 at 8:08 AM

        has anyone stopped to think of the possibility that the front office doesn’t want him to get on the court for fear of losing their prized asset? it is possible. see: strasburg, stephen.

    • Mr. Wright 212 - May 8, 2013 at 3:04 AM

      It isn’t. The midwest is perceived to be such. Hell, our GM AND head coach went to IU, and Woody is from Indy, it’s not personal, just playing up the tabloid talk from the 90s.

      • stlouis1baseball - May 8, 2013 at 4:58 PM

        Finally! I was just getting ready to drop a little knowledge on everyone.
        But you beat me to it Reverend Wright.

  7. llindy86 - May 7, 2013 at 11:16 PM

    Knicks were desperate and played like it. Good for them. Pacers are a different animal in Indy. Pacers got what they came for in the split…we’ll take care of our business at home.

    • Mr. Wright 212 - May 8, 2013 at 3:20 AM

      Don’t kid yourself.

      • pglive21 - May 8, 2013 at 12:30 PM

        He’s just speaking the truth.

  8. billsfanaddict - May 8, 2013 at 12:10 AM

    i hate the rediculously long break between 2 & 3 but being a knicks fan i must admit that it will CERTAINLY benefit them more as they are much older and much more injured/nicked-up than indy is, so theoretically it should be a good thing

  9. m3dman3 - May 8, 2013 at 12:21 AM

    Knicks in 5 Indiana is such a weak defensive team besides Hibbert.

    • eboneseagles - May 8, 2013 at 12:36 AM

      Paul George is also a pretty good defender. Hibbert goes straight up so well it’s hard to score inside.

    • theghostofwillisreed - May 8, 2013 at 8:10 AM

      love the enthusiasm but saying indy is weak defensively is flat out wrong. they were top five in almost every relevant statistical category on defense.

    • stlouis1baseball - May 8, 2013 at 4:56 PM

      “a weak defensive team besides Hibbert.”

      LOOK. AT. THIS.

      Yeah…only the best defensive TEAM in the league. Imbecile.

  10. damp1015 - May 8, 2013 at 5:56 AM

    Pacers Collapse? Wow I thought only ESPN would take that aspect into how the game wound up.

    Knicks came out and tied up the series. And if you think Pacers are automatic at home, Knicks are not the Hawks. Knicks can go into Indy and take games.

    KNICKS in 6

  11. money2long - May 8, 2013 at 6:19 AM

    i think everyone should know and be reminded that PABLO PRIGIONI was getting chants in the garden. man, i like this rookie !

  12. pacersfan1 - May 8, 2013 at 6:43 AM

    The Knicks have more crying little girls the a Justin Bieber concert.

  13. mungman69 - May 8, 2013 at 6:59 AM

    Game 2 was a fluke. The Pacers are the better team. But it don’t matter, the Heat will sweep.

    • money2long - May 8, 2013 at 5:42 PM

      it’s a long way down to the ground on your high horse.

  14. xli2006 - May 8, 2013 at 7:48 AM

    It becomes a Best-of-Five series with the Pacers stealing Homecourt.

    Knicks bouncing back was to be expected. Pacers just getting 1 in NY was about all you could ask for as a road team.

  15. yousuxxors - May 8, 2013 at 12:41 PM

    it should say Knicks from middle of 3rd/2nd quarter or 4th/1st quarter Knicks. why do they have to revert to melo ball.

  16. gostlcards5 - May 8, 2013 at 2:22 PM

    The best offensive sequence seen by the Pacers last night was the replay of Reggie’s 8 points in 8.9 seconds from ’95. 😉

    Knicks brought it last night. Good on them.

    Also funny was the replay of Spike walking behind Reggie and doing a kind of double-take toward the camera. That was priceless.

  17. jimeejohnson - May 8, 2013 at 4:54 PM

    Larry Bird was known as “the hick from French Lick” (Indiana). At least Indianapolis isn’t “Ground Zero” for attacks against the USA, isn’t the sphincter of the Universe, and doesn’t have $10 dollar bridge tolls, like good ole New Yawk City. By the way: I love New York even though it sucks!

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