Tuesday, May 7th, 2013 at 7:00 PM EDT at Madison Square Garden
Game Rewind: Pacers 79, Knicks 105, Game 2
Scott Agness | May 7, 2013
The Pacers already had one road win in their second round series with the New York Knicks and Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden, they wanted to get another before returning to Indianapolis.
With just over three minutes to play in the third quarter, the Pacers had a two-point lead. But then, they stopped hitting shots. They made just four field goals the rest of the game and were outscored 33-15 over the final 15:28. No Pacers starter made a field goal over that stretch. Carmelo Anthony scored a game-high 32 points, half tallied during that span, and the Knicks were able to even the series, 1-1, with a 105-79 victory.
The Knicks responded to getting outmuscled in their Game 1 loss with better ball movement and aggressiveness on offense and by taking away the Pacers’ airspace on defense. Indiana’s first four possessions, where they turned it over twice and missed a jumper and a hook shot, were prime examples. The giveaways continued for the Pacers, one reason why they never led in the first half. At the end of the first, with both teams shooting over 50 percent, the Knicks were ahead by nine.
The Pacers committed far too many mental errors in the ball game. They were getting caught in double teams, jumping with nowhere to throw it, or simply tossing it far over the head of their teammates. New York went on an 8-0 spurt to take its largest lead of the half, 47-34, with just under four minutes to play in the second period. They missed their last six shots, three from downtown, which allowed the Pacers to score the final eight points of half – six coming from Paul George, who led all scorers with 15 at the break. Despite 12 turnovers leading to 20 points for the Knicks, the Pacers, who shot 55 percent from the floor, went into the locker room only down by five.
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Once the Pacers settled down in the third quarter, good things happened. Lance Stephenson and George Hill connected on back-to-back three-pointers to give Indiana the lead for the first time. After a missed shot by Anthony, Frank Vogel called a timeout to set up a play and give his starters a break. From there, the Pacers went 12:19 between baskets and were outscored 36-4 by the Knicks. By the time the Pacers made a shot, a 3-pointer by Orlando Johnson with 3:09 left in the game, Vogel had already cleared his bench.
The Pacers will have three days between games, with the series resuming in Indianapolis for Game 3 on Saturday. They’ll get some rest, look over the tape and look to correct their mistakes, like not finishing possessions. Even with Tuesday’s loss, the Pacers still have home-court advantage after taking Game 1.
Inside the Numbers
Paul George scored 20 points to lead the Pacers, but he was also guilty of a team-high seven giveaways. David West added 13 and George Hill had 12 points along with seven dimes. Roy Hibbert was held to six points, but he corralled 12 rebounds and swatted four shots.
Four New York players scored in double figures led by the NBA’s regular season scoring champion, Carmelo Anthony, who finished with 32 points on 13-of-26 shooting. It was his first time making at least 50 percent of his shots this postseason. Iman Shumpert and Raymond Felton scored 15 and 14, respectively.
The Pacers were beat in the categories they take pride in: 29-8 on second chance points, in the paint 52-40, and they were outrebounded by two. Even their foul shots were off. They were 11-of-18 (61 percent) at the line.
In four games this season at the Garden, the Pacers have averaged 20.5 turnovers per game. They are 1-3.
“You have to give them credit. They played a great basketball game. Certainly having 21 turnovers is self inflicted. We gave them 13 second shots. You are not going to win the game when you are giving them 23 more shots than we are getting.” – Frank Vogel
“We didn’t make free throws, we gave up second shots, and we didn’t score.” – Frank Vogel on the fourth quarter
“That’s been our Achilles’ heel. We just didn’t take of the ball and make shots. We had open looks, but the turnovers – 21 to 6 – that’s tough to overcome. And being on an opponent’s home floor, you’re just digging yourself into a deep hole.” – Paul George on their turnovers
“They were just a little bit more aggressive. They played with more desperation, which we knew they would. We still had a chance. We thought we had a chance to take control of the game in the third. We just didn’t close it the right way.” – David West
“They brought it to us. They took away our air space and played smart. They killed us on the pick-and-roll. They outplayed us tonight. We need to come out harder and be better away in the next game.” – Lance Stephenson
“’Melo got hot. He was attacking the paint, he was hitting 3s, he was hitting mid-range and I think he felt comfortable … [We] did a good job for two quarters and a half making him feel uncomfortable and making everything tough for him. There was a little crack of sunlight and they took advantage of it.” – Roy Hibbert on the difference
Stat of the Game
The Pacers turned the ball over 21 times, to which the Knicks converted into 32 points. The Knicks scored just 13 points off turnovers in Game 1.
- The Pacers are 3-3 vs. the Knicks this season.
- It was the Knicks’ first second round win since May 21, 2000 when they won at Miami. It’s also Mike Woodson’s first second round win as a head coach (previously 0-9).
- Tyson Chandler was given a technical foul in the fourth quarter.
- Knicks guard Steve Novak’s wife gave birth to a daughter, Shea Margaret, earlier in the day and then he registered his first minutes of the series in the fourth quarter.
- The Pacers wore their alternate gold uniforms for the third consecutive game.
- Former Pacers Reggie Miller sat at center court and was part of the TNT broadcast crew; it was the 18th anniversary of the night he scored eight points in 8.9 seconds.
- Patrick Ewing, John Starks, John McEnroe, Floyd Mayweather were among those on hand at the Garden.
Game 3 in Indianapolis is on Saturday at 8 PM EST.
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