Notebook: Pacers 102, Knicks 95



Posted May 5, 2013 7:16 PM

Adam Zagoria, for NBA.com

THE FACTS: Brooklyn native Lance Stephenson went for a double-double of 11 points and 13 rebounds in his first playoff game at Madison Square Garden as the Indiana Pacers beat the Knicks, 102-95, to grab a 1-0 lead in their Eastern Conference playoff series.

David West added 20 points, Paul George 19 and D.J. Augustin 16 for the Pacers. George Hill and Roy Hibbert scored 14 points apiece.

Raymond Felton was the Knicks' best offensive player, scoring 18 points on 8-of-12 shooting.

Carmelo Anthony and J.R. Smith combined to go 14-for-43 on the game. While saddled with four fouls, Anthony scored 15 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter and Smith finished 4-of-15 for 17 points.

After starting the postseason 3-0, the Knicks have lost three of four.

Game 2 is Tuesday night.

QUOTABLE: "I thought we just did a great job of taking advantage or our size, getting some second shots, guys finishing around the rim and obviously George and those other guys they made plays."
-- West in his on-court interview.

THE STAT: The Pacers outrebounded the Knicks, 44-30, and 11-6 on the offensive glass.

TURNING POINT: The Pacers outscored the Knicks, 30-19, in the second quarter to turn a 27-22 deficit into a 52-46 halftime lead. With Anthony on the bench with four fouls for all but four minutes of the third, Indiana then outscored New York 29-19 third to extend the lead to 81-65 after three.

QUOTABLE II: "I thought they played harder than our team tonight, that's the difference...We gotta play harder across the board for us to get out of this series."
-- Knicks coach Mike Woodson.

WHO'S HOT: Stephenson, who won four New York public league titles at the Garden while at Brooklyn Lincoln High School, went 5-of-9 from the field and added three assists. The Knicks drafted Andy Rautins ahead of Stephenson in the second round of the 2011 NBA Draft.

WHO'S NOT: Anthony has gone 35-of-130 in his last four games and 2-of-22 from the arc.

QUOTABLE III: "They just flat-out played harder than we did today. That was the key in their victory."
-- Anthony.

QUOTABLE IV: "I thought Hibbert played better [than Tyson Chandler] tonight."
-- Woodson on Chandler, who finished with four points and three rebounds.

NOTABLE: The Knicks could get both Steve Novak and Amar'e Stoudemire back for Game 3 on Saturday in Indianapolis. Novak (back spasms) is out for Game 1 and possibly Game 2 and said he'd be "disappointed" if he can't at least suit up for Game 3.

Stoudemire (right knee debridement) is out for the first two games but is targeting a Game 3 comeback. He hasn't played since March 7. "Obviously, I think with the way we matchup with Indiana, they got a lot of bigs and Amar'e back out there would be huge," Novak said before Game 1. "I think the more bigs, the better it is to have spacing out there as well, so I think the guys obviously played well the last game without both of us, but we understand we'd like to be a full unit."

NOTABLE II: The NBA announced the schedule for Games 4-7. Game 4 is slated for May 14 in Indiana, Game 5 would be May 16 in New York, Game 6 May 18 in Indiana and a Game 7 would be May 20 at the Garden.

QUOTABLE V: "The kid's learning discipline. We keep talking to him about not leaking out. When he comes back and rebounds he's pretty good, too. Thirteen rebounds tonight was just a great effort."
-- Pacers coach Frank Vogel on Stephenson.

INSIDE THE ARENA: Olivia Wilde, Katie Couric and Jason Sudeikis sat courtside.

UP NEXT: Game 2, Tuesday, @ New York. Game 3, Saturday @ Indiana. Game 4, May 14, @ Indiana.