Notebook: Knicks 85, Pacers 75



Posted May 16, 2013 11:32 PM

Adam Zagoria, for NBA.com

THE FACTS: Facing elimination on their homecourt, Carmelo Anthony went for a game-high 28 points and Chris Copeland added 13 off the bench as the Knicks extended their season for at least one more game by beating the Pacers 85-75 in Game 5 of their Eastern Conference playoff series at Madison Square Garden.

Raymond Felton added 12 points, five rebounds, four assists and J.R. Smith tallied 13 points on 4-for-11 shooting.

Leading 3-2, the Pacers will try to close the series out in Game 6 on Saturday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, where they are 5-0 this postseason.

A potential Game 7 would be Monday night at the Garden.

Paul George led Indiana with 23 points, David West had 17 points and 10 boards and D.J. Augustin scored 12 points.

Augustin started at the point because the Pacers were without point guard George Hill, who suffered a concussion when he took a shot from Tyson Chandler in Game 4. He is day-to-day going forward.

QUOTABLE: "We wasn't ready to go home yet. We wanted to protect our homecourt. We let one slip away here on our homecourt that put us in the position that we're in right now.. But we're just taking it one day at time, we have faith, we believe. And we feel confident about this one....We proved that we can win on the road. And we have to go to Indiana and do that."
-- Carmelo Anthony

THE STAT: The Knicks also went 14-for-17 from the line, and the Pacers went 19-for-33.

THE STAT II: The Knicks went 7-for-18 from the arc, while the Pacers shot 6-for-19.

TURNING POINT: For the first time since Game 2, the Knicks won the first quarter (19-15) and the first half (40-34). Anthony had 13 points at the break. They never trailed in the second half.

QUOTABLE II: "I don't think it has anything to do with it. I think we got plenty to beat the Knicks with or without George Hill. And the guys in uniform gotta play better...We're prepared to play without George Hill."
-- Pacers coach Frank Vogel

WHO'S HOT: After going scoreless in the fourth quarter of Game 4 in Indianapolis, Anthony scored nine of his 28 points in the fourth of Game 5.

WHO'S NOT: Jason Kidd hasn't scored since April 23, a stretch of nine consecutive playoff games. Amar'e Stoudemire managed just two points and two rebounds in seven minutes and saw his Copeland take his second-half playing time.

QUOTABLE III: "Dammit we gotta figure it our real soon."
-- Mike Woodson on the Knicks' struggles in Indiana

NOTABLE: Hill is out with a concussion after taking a shot from Chandler in Game 4. Vogel called him "day-to-day" for a possible Game 6. "He's gotta pass the NBA protocol concussion test," Vogel said. Entering the game, Hill had outscored the Knicks' starting backcourt, 69-62, in the series, including 26 points of 9-for-14 shooting in Game 4. . "He was really good in Game 4," Woodson said. "I can't worry about that...They're still a really good basketball team with or without George."

NOTABLE II: Rihanna said on Instagram that Smith was struggling in the series because he's hungover from partying. Woodson said he only "got wind" of the story Thursday. Asked if Smith was a distraction, Woodson said: "That's the unknown. Sometimes things get away from you. J.R.'s had his ups and downs of late but I still believe in J.R. and his teammates believe in him. We're expecting a big game from him." Asked if he was following the Rihanna story, Woodson said, "I don't follow that. Seriously, you guys follow that. I don't follow that. It has no bearing on this game tonight. He's gotta come out and play

QUOTABLE IV: "Tomorrow we gotta pump each other up when we get off that plane and get read for Saturday night."
-- MIke Woodson on Game 6

QUOTABLE V: "Of course, of course, we gotta come out and play like it's pressure, too....We gotta approach Game 6 as a desperation game."
-- Paul George

INSIDE THE ARENA: Sting, Mike D, Adam Horovitz and Michael J. Fox sat courtside.

UP NEXT: Game 6, Saturday, @ Indiana.