Balanced Attack Leads Knicks to Victory
New York 107, Indiana 92
INDIANAPOLIS, March 7 (Ticker) -- With their balanced scoring attack, the New York Knicks are starting to show signs of life.
Jalen Rose scored 21 points and Jamal Crawford added 16 -- all in the fourth quarter -- to lead the Knicks to their second straight win, a 107-92 victory over the Indiana Pacers.
"They've (Indiana) been playing great and I know this wasn't one of their better games, but it was a quality win on the road for us," Knicks coach Larry Brown said. "We moved the ball great and got a lot of great looks because of it."
"I think we are starting to gain some cohesion and confidence and that's what basketball is all about," Rose said. "Anytime you beat two playoff teams on the road, it's good for your team. Hopefully, we can build on it."
Held without a point for the first three quarters, Crawford opened the fourth period with consecutive 3-pointers to ignite a 16-2 run that broke open the contest and gave the Knicks a 91-74 lead with 7:07 remaining.
Steve Francis made a three-point play, Jackie Butler hit a layup and Crawford went 5-of-5 from the free-throw line during the burst, hitting the last three after he was fouled by Jamaal Tinsley on a 3-pointer.
Later in the period, Crawford hit another shot from the arc that widened the lead to 102-82 with 3:41 remaining.
"Some of the guys set the table for me and all I had to do was knock down the shots," Crawford said. "Tonight, Jalen and Eddy (Curry) got it going and I had a good fourth quarter. We're a deep team and we feel like that's one of our strengths. It's about chemistry and we're still getting used to each other. We know that anybody can come off the bench and contribute."
Rose and Eddy Curry scored seven points apiece and Quentin Richardson made two shots from the arc in the third quarter, helping the Knicks take a 70-63 edge with 4:01 to go.
However, Peja Stojakovic scored six of the Pacers' last nine points in the period to forge a 72-72 tie.
Curry scored 15 points, Malik Rose added 12 and 10 rebounds and Francis 11 for the Knicks, who had a 45-35 rebounding edge.
"Our start to the game was OK," Pacers coach Rick Carlisle said. "But the second quarter, they had 32 (points) and we couldn't keep them under 30 after that. They played great offensively. During this 15-game period, we've competed hard on a consistent basis and tonight we had a letdown from that."
Stojakovic and Stephen Jackson scored 20 points apiece and David Harrison had 11 for Indiana (30-27), which shot 35 percent (29-of-82) from the floor.
"We just didn't have it tonight," Jackson said. "It just seemed like we came out tired. It seems like we don't bring it like we should sometimes."
Indiana is 12-14 this season against sub-.500 teams.
"I guess it's a lack of focus on our part," Pacers center Jeff Foster said. "We're just not getting up for those teams and we can't do that if want to improve our spot for the playoffs."