Notebook: Pacers 82, Knicks 71

Posted May 12, 2013 12:02 AM

Conrad Brunner, for

THE FACTS: On a night when offense was difficult to come by for both teams, Roy Hibbert's postseason career-high 24-point performance was the difference-maker, leading Indiana to an 82-71 Game 3 victory over visiting New York on Saturday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse and a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference Semifinal series. Indiana's defense held New York, the most prolific 3-point shooting team in NBA history, to season lows in 3-pointers made (three) and attempted (11) as the Knicks shot just 35.2 percent from the field. The Pacers shot just 35 percent but had a 53-40 advantage on the boards that included 18 offensive rebounds leading to 20 second-chance points. Carmelo Anthony led New York with 21 points, but none of his teammates managed to reach double figures.

QUOTABLE: "I think this is his best playoff game ever, probably. He's oozing confidence."

-- Indiana coach Frank Vogel on Hibbert

THE STAT: Indiana attempted a season-high 33 3-pointers, making 10. In the series, the Pacers have six more 3-pointers made than the Knicks.

TURNING POINT: Hibbert and West combined for eight of the points in an 11-1 run that pushed Indiana's lead to 58-44 late in the third quarter. The Knicks closed to 65-57 early in the fourth quarter but Hibbert scored twice more in a 10-3 counter that made it 75-60 with 4:52 remaining and there would be no further threats from the Knicks.

QUOTABLE II: "Offensively we just didn't have anything -- either team. It was an ugly game, offensively."

-- New York coach Mike Woodson

HOT: Hibbert (9-for-18) and Knicks counterpart Tyson Chandler (3-for-4) were the only starters for either team to hit at least half their shots. ... George Hill was 5-for-12 from the 3-point line for Indiana.

NOT: Anthony missed 10 of his 16 shots and committed four turnovers against just one assist. ... George shot 4-for-17 overall, 2-for-12 from the 3-point line. ... Hill missed all four of his attempts inside the arc. ... Indiana's reserves combined for just eight points on 3-for-11 shooting and have been outscored 88-51 in the series. ... New York's Jason Kidd failed to score for the seventh consecutive game, missing all 14 of his shots, nine from the 3-point line, in that span.

QUOTABLE III: "I don't think I had a blocked shot tonight so I'm pretty disappointed in myself. That's why they pay me the big bucks, I guess."

-- Hibbert

NOTABLE: After missing the morning shootaround with a high fever, Knicks sixth man J.R. Smith played 24:49 but was clearly not himself, scoring nine points on 4-for-12 shooting, 0-for-3 from the 3-point line. ... Amar'e Stoudemire made his first appearance since March 7 for New York, playing 8:56 off the bench and producing seven points and two rebounds. ... Iman Shumpert was the Knicks' leading rebounder with 10, matching the total of Chandler and Anthony combined. ... Hibbert added 12 rebounds and David West (11 points, 12 boards) also had a double-double for Indiana. ... George scored 14 points with eight rebounds, eight assists, five steals and five turnovers. ... Hill scored 17 but had just one assist.

UP NEXT: Game 4 Tuesday at Indiana, Game 5 Thursday at New York, Game 6 (if necessary) Saturday at Indiana, Game 7 (if necessary) Monday at New York.