Tuesday, May 14th, 2013 at 7:00 PM EDT at Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Game Rewind: Pacers 93, Knicks 82, Game 4
Scott Agness | May 14, 2013
Heading into Tuesday’s Game 4 with a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series, George Hill said the Pacers had to treat it as if they were down in the series, with their backs were against the wall and unable to afford a loss. Pacers coach Frank Vogel added to that, saying it was the next step in this team’s development.
That desperate mentality was effective, and their effort was “off the charts,” according to Vogel. With a 93-82 victory, the Pacers take a commanding 3-1 lead as they head back to New York looking to wrap the series up in Game 5 on Thursday night.
In an effort to counter Indiana’s frontcourt, Knicks coach Mike Woodson started a different lineup than the first three games – opening with Kenyon Martin instead of guard Pablo Prigioni. The Pacers hit first and sprinted out to an 11-3 lead, forcing Woodson to use a timeout. A couple buckets each from Carmelo Anthony and Raymond Felton evened the game at 14, the only tie of the game and as close as the Knicks would get. The Pacers finished the first period strong and held a seven-point lead.
Pacers reserves Sam Young and D.J. Augustin nailed consecutive 3-pointers, part of a 16-5 spurt by the Pacers, which spanned two quarters – 6:29 in total. The bench of the Pacers, which has been unpredictable all season, gave them quality minutes and 14 points in the first half. Meanwhile all the Knicks got from their bigs – Amar’e Stoudemire, Martin, and Tyson Chandler – were three fouls each and seven total points.
The story began to unfold by this point. The Pacers were dominating inside, outhustling the Knicks, and playing a more physical brand of basketball. After two quarters of play, Indiana was ahead 48-34.
The Knicks came out of the locker room clearly looking to attack. They scored their first four field goals at the hoop and won the inside game, but just for the period (plus-2 on the glass, and four more points in the paint). Each time the Pacers needed a bucket, Hill was here. It was important that Hill stepped up because Roy Hibbert had to take a seat on the bench with four fouls less than five minutes into the quarter. Hill absolutely took over for the Pacers, scoring 14 of the teams’ 19 points in the third and they went into the final quarter with an 11-point advantage.
New York got as close as eight in the early moments of the fourth quarter, but the Pacers kept fending them off. There was no easing off the gas from this team, no matter who was on the floor. Seven Pacers players scored in the fourth on way to an 11-point win.
Not only had the Pacers backed up their words by displaying incredible effort, but they also set the tone for the rest of the series. They aren’t going to get outworked, they aren’t going to lose their composure, and they aren’t letting up on the defensive end.
Inside the Numbers
Once again the Pacers had a balanced attack with five players scoring in double figures. More impressive: in the four games this series, four different Pacers players have led the team in scoring.
Tonight, it was George Hill who paced the team with 26 points, four shy of his career high. The Pacers are 6-0 this postseason when he scores at least 14 points.
David West recorded his second consecutive double-double – 10 points and 10 rebounds. Lance Stephenson had 13 points and seven rebounds. D.J. Augustin had a strong showing and scored 11 minutes in his 21 minutes on the court.
Paul George was effective all around as he had his fourth double-double this postseason. His final line read: 18 points, 14 rebounds, seven assists, two steals and two block shots.
Carmelo Anthony, who fouled out with two minutes to play, led the Knicks with 24 shots on 9- of-23 shooting. J.R. Smith added 19 points (7-of-22 from the floor), his highest output of the series but it wasn’t pretty. Raymond Felton chipped in 14.
The Pacers scored 10 more points in the paint, 19 second chance points and outrebounded the Knicks, 54-36.
Despite turning it over 16 times, the Pacers limited the Knicks to 12 points off turnovers.
The Pacers attempted 30 foul shots (and made 23) to the Knicks’ 14 free-throw attempts.
The Pacers are undefeated at home this postseason (5-0), with every win by at least 11 points.
“Just great determination by our guys tonight. That’s the only way you can put it. Great determination and great growth in terms of answering a win with another more determined effort. That’s what you need to go on a deep playoff run.” – Frank Vogel
“He was spectacular, maybe the best game I ever saw him play. He was really great defensively, getting every loose ball and keeping his guy in front and challenging him and making all the winning plays.” – Frank Vogel on George Hill
“We wanted it. For us to come out with an edge, after being up 2-1 and being on our floor for Game 4, for us to still be up, ready and have an edge to play just speaks to how focused we are right now.” – Paul George
“[Our goal] these last two games was to come in here and maintain home court. We didn't want to do anything other than that.” – David West
“Rebounding wise, we got hammered on the boards again. When we go home we’ve got to realize we have to rebound the basketball. I thought that’s what hurt us in crucial situations where we’d make a slight run.” – Mike Woodson
“I take the blame for this whole series.” – Knicks guard J.R. Smith
Stat of the Game
The Pacers held the Knicks to 29 percent (8-of-28) from long range, and matched their eight made 3-point field goals.
- The Knicks have never won at playoff game at the Fieldhouse and they are 0-4 in the building this season.
- Iman Shumpert (sore left knee) started the game but was limited to 16 minutes and went scoreless.
- Tyson Chandler and Amar’e Stoudemire were both given technical fouls.
- Reggie Miller, who was part of the TNT broadcast, received a huge ovation between the first and second quarters after highlights of the teams’ rivalry in 90s showed on the video board.
- In the crowd: Rik Smits, Mario Andretti, Mike Epps, Cory Redding, Robert Mathis, Pat McAfee.
The Pacers travel to New York for Game 5 on Thursday at 8 PM EST.
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