Saturday, May 11th, 2013 at 8:00 PM EDT at Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Game Rewind: Pacers 82, Knicks 71, Game 3
Scott Agness | May 12, 2013, 12:17 AM
The Pacers don’t mind this type of game. Low scoring, below-average shooting percentages, a battle of the bigs. In front of a national audience in prime time, the Pacers took a 2-1 series lead with an 82-71 victory at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Feeding off the energy from the crowd in a sold-out Bankers Life Fieldhouse, with fans rocking gold t-shirts, the Pacers connected on their first three shots from downtown to open the game. Then, they handed the ball over and missed on multiple chances at the rim. Neither team shot it well – just 35 percent – and the Pacers misfired on all three chances at the foul line, but were in front by three at the end of the first quarter.
Amar'e Stoudemire, who hadn't played in a game since March 7 because of a right knee operation, started the second quarter and had just one bucket. With Stoudemire in the game for the first five minutes of the period, the Knicks switched to a zone defense temporarily, and it was fairly effective.The Pacers later scored eight straight points, five coming from Roy Hibbert, pushing them in front by double digits. David West picked up his third foul – second offensive – with three minutes to go. An under-the-weather J.R. Smith knocked down two impressive shots, which keyed a 9-2 Knicks run to close the half. Shooting a measly 32 percent (and with 16 more attempts than the Knicks), the Pacers had a 36-33 lead at the break.
The third quarter was the highest scoring quarter for either team. Late in the period, Lance Stephenson drilled a 3-pointer in the corner to give the Pacers a 12-point lead. A relentless Hibbert then added to it with a pair of foul shots. He had eight in the third – his three field goals scored off offensive rebounds – and the Pacers were ahead by nine with 12 minutes to play.
The closest New York came in the fourth quarter was eight points. With under three minutes to play, David West got open underneath and D.J. Augustin found him for the slam. Following a defensive stop, George Hill drained a deep 3-pointer, one of his five on the night, for the dagger.
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Hibbert, who scored a game-high 24 points, said earlier this week – there were three days between games – that he didn’t expect to contribute big on the offensive end in this series. His job was to command the paint, which he did yet again. Hibbert went into the game feeling that it was his night and he lived up to it.
Hibbert didn’t record a block all game for just the third time in 26 games, but he controlled the lane and the Knicks were well aware. The Pacers held Carmelo Anthony, the league’s top scorer to 21 points – seven below his average – and not one other Knicks player scored in double figures.
Inside the Numbers
Roy Hibbert recorded his seventh career playoff double-double (24 points, 12 rebounds) and with 11 points and 12 rebounds, David West also had one. George Hill opened each half with a 3-pointer and closed the night with 17 points. Paul George had a balanced game, finishing with 14 points, eight rebounds, eights assists and five steals.
Outside of Anthony’s 21 points, Tyson Chandler and J.R. Smith each had nine points. Iman Shumpert contributed eight points and a team-high 10 rebounds.
The Pacers scored 20 points off 18 offensive rebounds and outrebounded the Knicks by 13.
Points off turnovers were nearly even, 20-18, with the Knicks having a slight edge.
The Pacers are 16-1 this season when holding their opponent below 80 points.
The Pacers improve to 7-0 all-time in Game 3 of a best-of-seven series when the series is split 1-1.
“Our guys usually do what you emphasize. We know that if we take the 3-ball away from this team, they’re going to struggle to score … We were able to guard the paint – [allowing] 28 points in the paint – and the three point line and that’s the goal with this team.” – Frank Vogel on defending the 3-point line
“He’s just oozing with confidence … When he has offensive production like he did tonight, then we’re pretty good.” – Frank Vogel on Hibbert
“I don’t think I had a block shot tonight so I’m pretty disappointed in myself. I want to protect the rim as much as possible. That’s why they pay me the big bucks. To have zero blocks – that’s messing up my average.” – Roy Hibbert
“We wanted to make them do what we wanted them to do. We wanted to play good, solid, Indiana defense and that’s what we did tonight.” – George Hill
“That’s how we play Pacers basketball. We just lock in. It was us just helping one another on the defensive end.” – Paul George
“From this point forward, every game is the biggest game of the year.” – Frank Vogel
“I’m just concerned about our pace and how we’re flowing into things. I thought after our last game at home in the third and fourth quarter we were back moving and had a lot of pace. Tonight we just looked slow.” – Knicks coach Mike Woodson
Stat of the Game
The Knicks, the most prolific 3-pointer shooting team in NBA history, were limited to just three 3-pointers on 11 attempts, both season-lows. They were outscored by the Pacers behind the arc, 30-9.
- The Pacers are 3-0 vs. the Knicks in Indianapolis this season.
- David West and Tyson Chandler each received technical fouls.
- Coach Vogel began his postgame press conference by dedicating the win to Paul Furimsky, one of the original members of the Pacers’ stat crew who passed away on Sunday. “This one’s for you Paul.”
- Noteables in the stands: NBA Commissioner David Stern, former Pacers Jeff Foster, Rik Smits and Derrick McKey, Cory Redding and Robert Mathis of the Colts.
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