MIKE DUNLEAVY
Took over the game in the third period in his first game with the Pacers, scoring all 14 of his points to spark a comeback that wiped out a 15-point deficit.
RICK CARLISLE
"It's the same old story. If you're going to play from behind it's going to be tough to win. We had an opportunity at the end. Unfortunately we would've liked to have gotten a better shot but there were a lot of other stretches of the game that could've not put us in that position. … It's a situation we've got to learn from and get better."
Points in the Paint:
Pacers 44, Knicks 38
Fast-break points:
Pacers 14, Knicks 0
2nd-chance points:
Pacers 21, Knicks 7
Points off turnovers:
Pacers 28, Knicks 10
Starters scoring:
Pacers 79, Knicks 74
Bench scoring:
Knicks 34, Pacers 27
The Knicks, who led 79-77 heading into the fourth, are now 14-0 when they lead after three periods.
Kirk Hinrich and the Chicago Bulls come to Conseco Fieldhouse for a Central Division showdown Monday.
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  • NEW YORK 108, INDIANA 106
    Pacers Rally But Fall Short

    By Conrad Brunner | Jan. 20, 2007


    Another heartbreak was marching inexorably toward the Knicks, losers of two consecutive one-point games on last-second baskets. Only the Washington Wizards got a dunk and the New Jersey Nets a tip-in to beat New York. The Pacers could do no better than a 29-foot 3-point attempt from Danny Granger that missed everything and Indiana fell two points short in a 108-106 loss Saturday in Conseco Fieldhouse.

    Veteran newcomers Mike Dunleavy and Troy Murphy were solid in their Indiana debuts. Dunleavy scored 14 points, all in the third quarter – the Pacers' best of the game – and Murphy racked up a 10-point, 11-rebound double-double in 23 minutes off the bench. But the Pacers once again struggled defensively, allowing a fourth straight opponent to score in triple figures.

    The Pacers thus lost their fourth in a row to fall to 20-20 overall, 10-7 at home, where they've lost five of seven. The Knicks snapped a two-game losing streak and improved to 18-24 overall, 8-12 on the road. They're 9-7 in their last 16 games.


    PLUSES

    The Pacers showed resilience throughout the game and got solid performances from a number of players. Jermaine O'Neal scored 25 with 10 rebounds and three blocked shots. Granger scored 19. Jamaal Tinsley scored 15 with seven assists and five steals. Dunleavy had four assists and three rebounds to accompany his 14 points and Murphy had the aforementioned introductory double-double. The Pacers committed just nine turnovers, beat the Knicks 14-0 on the fast break and 21-7 on second-chance points.
    MINUSES
    Starting the first three periods slowly, the Pacers constantly dug themselves holes that ultimately proved too daunting to overcome and several Knicks were able to get good shots with regularity. Eddy Curry was 10-of-12 for 26 points; Stephon Marbury scored 22 with six assist; Quentin Richardson was 5-of-10 from the arc for 20 points and added 13 rebounds; and David Lee had a monster energy game off the bench with 20 points and 16 rebounds. The Knicks outscored the Pacers 32-22 from the line and shot .523 overall. They also held a 39-33 edge on the boards.
    MOMENTS
    Richardson scored eight points in an 18-7 run that pushed the Knicks to a 41-29 lead midway through the second period, but the Pacers chipped away and trailed 52-45 at the break. Curry and Richardson again got loose early in the third as New York extended its lead to 68-53. Dunleavy and O'Neal then went to work, combining for 22 points in a 26-11 run that brought the Pacers all the way back to a 79-79 tie early in the fourth quarter.

    Murphy scored five in a row, failing to convert a three-point play but grabbing the rebound of the missed free throw and converting on his second three-point play opportunity, to tie it at 85-all and the teams then traded runs, the Knicks going 12-2 for a 97-87 lead with 5:52 left, the Pacers going 10-2 to cut the deficit to 99-97 with 2:31 remaining as Curry fouled out.

    Marbury hit a 3-pointer and Lee dunked with 1:19 left to give the Knicks an apparently comfortable 105-97 lead but the visitors committed turnovers on three straight possessions against the Pacers' pressure defense, leaving the door open. Granger hit a 3-pointer, drove for another basket and O'Neal posted up to cut it to 105-104 with 11.2 seconds to go.

    After Nate Robinson made a pair of free throws at 10.1 to push the lead back to three, the Pacers went for a quick basket and O'Neal scored inside at 7.7. Robinson was quickly fouled again and this time missed one of two with 6.5 seconds remaining. Down two but without any timeouts, Tinsley had to rush the ball up the floor and handed off to Granger, who was too deep for a quality shot.


    TIDBITS
  • Dunleavy started his first game at shooting guard, moving Marquis Daniels back to the second unit, and Murphy might've started at center in place of Jeff Foster had he not missed most of the morning shootaround with a sore foot.
  • Marbury was not on the floor for the final 90 seconds after tweaking a left knee problem that has bothered him since he originally suffered the injury against the Pacers in December.
  • The victory was the first as a coach against the Pacers for the Knicks' Isiah Thomas, who formerly coached Indiana from 2000-03.
  • Curry's only rebound of the game was a put-back that stopped an eight-point Indiana run in the fourth quarter and gave the Knicks a 99-95 lead.