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Roy Hibbert with the monster block on a dunk attempt from Carmelo Anthony (VIDEO)

May 18, 2013, 10:52 PM EDT

Midway through the fourth quarter of Game 6 and with the Knicks surging and clinging to a two-point advantage, Carmelo Anthony drove baseline and elevated, almost certainly expecting to finish this dunk over Roy Hibbert to further extend his team’s lead.

Hibbert got there first, however, and met Anthony at the rim for this monster rejection.

Not only was this play one of the game’s signature highlights, it sparked the Pacers form that point on. Indiana immediately went on a 9-0 run to seize control of the game, and finished it off with a 106-99 victory that eliminated New York from the playoffs.

[via Eye On Basketball]

  1. melkipershero - May 18, 2013 at 10:56 PM

    Like I said. Melo is in Cleveland Lebron’s position. You can’t do it alone. MJ didn’t, Kobe didn’t, and Lebron didn’t.

    • andrewproughcfe - May 19, 2013 at 1:29 AM

      Duncan took over a 20-62 Spurs team and got them a title in his second season. Larry Bird took over a 29-53 Celtics and got them a title in his second season.

      You are right – you can’t do it alone. But it also doesn’t take 7-10 years if you have great skills and a high degree of leadership.

      • fm31970 - May 19, 2013 at 1:34 AM

        Oh come on now. Everyone and their Grandma-ma knows the Spurs tanked the year before so they could get Duncan, and who was that center they already had on their roster…oh that’s right DAVID ROBINSON. He was no scrub.

      • herkulease - May 19, 2013 at 2:03 AM

        that 20-62 spurs team was hardly a crap team. they were 59-23 the year before and went to the WC Semis. Injuries destroyed them.

        David Robinson(the guy that team was built around) broke his foot after 6 games and was done for the season. He produced 25-12 a year before. Sean Elliot played half season before needing surgery on his quad. He provides ~20 points/game.

      • andrewproughcfe - May 19, 2013 at 2:16 AM

        In 1999 when the Spurs won their first title with Duncan, Robinson was coming off numerous injuries and contributed 16 points and 10 rebounds a game, while Elliott gave them 11 and 4. Decent, but not spectacular stats. To call either of them more than a role player at that point in their careers is a bit of an overstatement. Certainly they weren’t putting up “superstar” numbers.

        The fact is, the Spurs won their title by running their offense through Tim in the post, and by pushing players on defense toward Tim in the paint to block and alter their shots. That’s been so thoroughly documented, it’s not an arguable point.

      • bougin89 - May 20, 2013 at 12:48 PM

        You just called David Robinson a role player on that 99 team… He scored and rebounded less but that had more to do with Tim Duncan than anything else. Robinson was still an elite center at that point.

        15.6 points, 9.9 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.6 steals, 2.4 blocks per game that year in the playoffs while sharing the low post with arguably the best PF ever.

    • fanofevilempire - May 19, 2013 at 8:36 AM

      Thumbs up to the Knickerbocker players and coaches for, the division title, 2 rounds of playoffs, Melos scoring title and JR’s sixth man award. I say thanks because it has been a while since we had a nice season with so many accomplishments, so hold ya head up fellas and pimp that
      NEW YORK on ya jersey, you did us proud!

      I can’t wait to see what you boys bring us next year!

      The lights are on again at MSG……………………

  2. dgbk - May 18, 2013 at 10:57 PM

    I agree form that point on the game was all pacers. knicks played hard, was just overmatched by the pacers size and that play sums things up.

  3. Mr. Wright 212 - May 18, 2013 at 11:05 PM

    If one of you faqs claims the refs didn’t cheat TONIGHT you should get hit by a bus head on.

    And they STILL only win by 7???

    • bougin89 - May 18, 2013 at 11:15 PM

      Was the Hibbert block on Carmelo a foul too?? You are clueless. Game 5 was called in the Knicks favor big time. Biggest thing that sunk the Knicks was awful offense. Isolation by Carmelo against playoff defense isn’t going to work. It didn’t work, and you should be asking more questions about that than blaming the refs per your usual.

      • fanofevilempire - May 19, 2013 at 8:40 AM

        did you see that phantom call on Melo on the Hill corner 3?

        I knew Melo couldn’t finish the game without a offensive foul, well timed

        44 times to the stripe, are you kidding me. for a team shooting jumpers?

        maybe Jon Barry was drunk when he said that’s a play on.

      • bougin89 - May 24, 2013 at 10:05 PM

        “For a team shooting jumpers”.

        You lost all hope for an argument at that point.

    • melkipershero - May 18, 2013 at 11:21 PM

      Mr. Wright must be pissed tonight.

      • eventhorizon04 - May 19, 2013 at 12:54 AM

        …Wow, you managed to figure out Mr. Wright was pissed after reading a comment in which Mr. Wright clearly expresses obvious anger.

        If the Knicks win the Finals next year, and Mr. Wright posts, “HOOOORAY, WE WON!!”, are you going to post, “Mr. Wright must be happy tonight!”?

      • casualcommenter - May 19, 2013 at 12:56 AM

        “Mr. Wright must be pissed tonight.”

        Thanks for your translation, kid. None of us could have figured out that Mr. Wright wasn’t the happiest man alive just by reading his comment.

    • wankerzz - May 19, 2013 at 12:07 AM

      Referees made 2 bad calls against the Knicks and 4 against the Pacers. But those two bad calls caused foul outs. Carmelo should have been called for charging too many times but because the Pacers are tough (they don’t really fall), no call is made or Melo makes it look like a blocking foul. When the Pacers decided to “fall” every time Melo charges, “good” foul calls were made. Those calls destroyed Melo (LITERALLY) immediately. Melo is a charger, a ball hogger and a one stunt player. If you think he’s anywhere near Lebron (good at points, assists, rebounds and blocks), you’re fooling yourself. For a scoring champion, he is too inefficient (more shots, more score but more misses).

      BTW, nba refs get 95% of the calls right. It’s easy to focus on the bad calls but let’s not forget how difficult it is to be an nba ref. Take it the Shane Battier way: foul out because of a bad call, just laugh and leave cause it’s part of the game.

    • casualcommenter - May 19, 2013 at 12:51 AM

      “The referees were awful, just awful. They were the difference in this game.” – Mr. Wright 212 right after games.

      “I never blame the referees. You guys who say I blame the referees have no idea what you’re talking about.” – Mr. Wright 212 the next day after a game

    • davidly - May 19, 2013 at 9:12 AM

      Haha. You’d been trying to dispel the suggestion that you believe the refs had had anything to do with the outcome of these games for the last week or so, and now that the Pacers get such a dominating advantage at the line (46-18) in what became the close-out game, you’re ready to blame the refs.

      I don’t blame you. Even as a Pacers fan I saw a couple of questionable calls and would prefer not to win this way. And you can bet that some of us Pacers fans–and others who’d rather not see the Heat win–will note loud & clear when James/Wade get away with blatant fouls while Indiana gets called for every touch.

      Well, that’s the NBA for ya. Before you get to high and mighty about it, though, imagine being an Indiana fan since they came out of the ABA all those years ago. It ain’t been pretty, lemme tell ya.

      My condolences.

    • stlouis1baseball - May 20, 2013 at 9:35 AM

      You are an embarrassment to the Knicks organization and the fan base as a whole.

  4. erckle31 - May 18, 2013 at 11:09 PM


  5. xxsukmydekexx - May 18, 2013 at 11:18 PM

    Mr. wrong is a baby.

    Knicks shot the lights out in the second half and still lost.

    Good night Irene, your team is second rate.

  6. 1972sxwife - May 18, 2013 at 11:21 PM

    David Stern strikes again.

    • melkipershero - May 18, 2013 at 11:23 PM

      Stern would want the big markets still going. Not Indy, SA, and Memphis.

    • fanofevilempire - May 19, 2013 at 8:43 AM

      I don’t blame Stern or any BIG conspiracies theory, I do know the ref’s really are bad and rotating refs game to game is a bad idea.

      Miami vs Memphis final would be a good match up.

  7. xxsukmydekexx - May 18, 2013 at 11:25 PM

    LMAO at Knick fans making excuses. If not for the George Hill concussion and 1 horrible quarter this would be a sweep.

  8. logisticalvoices - May 18, 2013 at 11:32 PM

    David Stern rigged it so that America’s largest market is knocked out of the playoffs.

    Sounds like you got a hold of the wrong stuff, climbed up in a tree, and played a leprechaun.

  9. cantonbound13 - May 18, 2013 at 11:33 PM

    Indiana was better defensively, better coached & just bigger.
    Melo needs help. JR Smith should not be the second option. Shumpert needs to be your starting 2G not SF. Some how you need Stodumire & Anthony to coexist because Melo should not have to play PF. It would also be nice if Chandler could learn some low post moves, he’s a waste on offense.
    Great job by Indiana, they will give the Heat a fight.

  10. xli2006 - May 19, 2013 at 1:11 AM

    Poster this immediately. This one photo sums up an entire series. Bigger, better defense, and more aggressive.

    THIS is why the Pacers had to match the Hibbert offer.

    • fanofevilempire - May 19, 2013 at 8:48 AM

      Pacers will have the same problem every other team will, they won’t be able to pay every
      player, are they paying Stephenson too, guys want to get paid.

      the knickerbockers will probably add one mid-level player and then hope they get lucky
      and get a vet to sign based on the teams ability to win a chip, look at Miami, they have
      3 max contracts or close to it I should say.

      • melkipershero - May 19, 2013 at 12:16 PM

        Ship not chip. As in short for championSHIP.

  11. reasonablemindsays - May 19, 2013 at 6:18 AM

    The Knicks will never win with their offense based around Melo dribbling around for 10 seconds in isolation every possession.

    They need to build an offense where Melo’s involvement adds to it and doesn’t subtract from it. Learn from the Grizzlies who got better after losing Rudy Gay. Or at least be like the Lakers who built a triangle offense to limit Kobe’s ball hog tendencies.

  12. 950003cups - May 19, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    Lopsided calls for Pacers. But that’s not why the Knicks lost. Everything that was thrown for Indiana sunk. It was like there was a magnet in the hoop.

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