Thursday, May 16th, 2013 at 8:00 PM EDT at Madison Square Garden
Game Rewind: Pacers 75, Knicks 85, Game 5
Scott Agness | May 16, 2013
After never being in front in Game 4, the Knicks led the entire way Thursday night at Madison Square Garden. Within six points late, the Pacers had opportunities to take control and wrap the series up, but poor execution and a pile of turnovers did them in.
The Pacers lead the Knicks 3-2 in the best-of-seven series with Game 6 slated for Saturday night in Indy.
About four hours before Thursday's tip, the Pacers found out they’d have to play without starting point guard George Hill, who was ruled out with a concussion sustained in their Game 4 win. The injury led D.J. Augustin's insertion into the starting lineup and meant more minutes for others.
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The Knicks excelled in the early going and led 11-4 with seven points coming from Carmelo Anthony. That was the best offensive spurt by either team in the first half, where points were adding up slowly. The Pacers kept possessions alive by way of the offensive glass and eventually cut the deficit to four at the end of the first period – despite shooting just 27 percent.
With jump shots not falling, the Pacers made an extra effort to get inside the lane, where they scored 14 of their first 19 points. Five minutes into the second quarter, Knicks reserve Chris Copeland nailed a 3-pointer to extend their lead to nine, the largest of the half. The Pacers then scored six straight points and kept nipping at the Knicks lead.
It looked like it would remain at four heading into the half, but Sam Young tried to foul J.R. Smith out of an inbounds play before he got a shot up, but the official ruled it was in the act of shooting with one second remaining. Reggie Miller, the former Pacer who was on the TNT broadcast, compared the play to Larry Johnson’s four-point play back in his day. Smith dropped in two of the three free throws and the Knicks held a 40-34 halftime lead. The Pacers did a great job of getting to the foul line in the half, but they missed just as many as they made (8-for-16).
Indiana opened the second half strong, with consecutive 3-pointers from Augustin and Paul George. Later, they got within three points on a Roy Hibbert layup. As the officials were whistle-happy, affecting both lineups, the Knicks kept after it – even scoring a layup after three straight offensive rebounds to stretch their lead to as many as 11. George had 11 points in the quarter and the Pacers only trailed by 10 at the end of the third stanza, though the deficit felt much larger.
George picked up his fourth and fifth foul minutes within nine seconds of each other, the fifth coming with 9:21 remaining. Vogel took him out for less than two minutes, but down only six with less than eight minutes remaining, he brought him right back. George knocked down a 3-pointer to pull the team within four, 75-71. The chances were there for the Pacers but they turned the ball over multiple times, including on three straight possessions with two minutes to play. They had seven in the fourth quarter and 19 for the game.
The Knicks closed the game on a 10-4 run, picking up the 10-point win to live another day.
Inside the Numbers
Paul George paced the Pacers with 23 points, six rebounds, and six assists. With 17 points and 10 rebounds, David West recorded his third consecutive double-double. Lance Stephenson was just 1-of-7 from the floor, but he did grab eight boards.
Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks in scoring, as he has every game this series, with 28 points (on 12-of-28 shooting). J.R. Smith and rookie Chris Copeland each contributed 13 points off the bench. Tyson Chandler added little offensively – just two points for the first time All-Star.
The Pacers were effective on the offensive glass, scoring 24 second chance points to the Knicks’ nine.
In the absence of Hill, Gerald Green played his first extensive minutes of the series. He hit 2-of-5 shots for five points, and had three rebounds and three turnovers in 13 minutes. The Knicks’ bench outscored the Pacers’ reserves 35-10.
“We just did not come to play. There's no excuses. We didn't deserve to win and just because we’re going back home doesn’t guarantee a win. To tell you the truth, we’ve got to figure it out, man up, toughen up, sack up and try to close this thing out.” – Roy Hibbert
“That’s our Achilles heel. That fourth quarter we had a couple possessions where we just didn’t do a good job of taking care of the ball, handling the pressure and getting guys the ball where they wanted it. That’s what we struggle with, especially on the road.” – Paul George on the turnovers
“We have to play better. Clearly if you are not going to make free throws and turn the ball over 19 times. We’re just a little out of sync offensively, that contributed to turnovers. Free throws, it was just one of those nights. Every team in basketball has a night like this where you don’t knock them down. To me that’s an encouraging thing. We make our free throws; it’s a different ball game.” – Frank Vogel
“I think we have plenty to beat the (New York) Knicks with or without George Hill. The guys in uniform have to play better.” – Frank Vogel on playing with Hill
“It was a bad game for us but we were still there, still hanging around.” – Paul George
“I think we played with a sense of urgency tonight. We knew what was at stake – facing elimination here on our home court…It was probably the best game we have played throughout this whole series from an effort standpoint.” – Carmelo Anthony
Stat of the Game
The Pacers attacked the lane but failed to convert at the free throw line, going 19-of-33. (The Knicks made 14-of-17 attempts.)
- The Pacers are just 1-4 at Madison Square Garden this season.
- Without George Hill this season, the Pacers are 3-3.
- The Knicks went back to their usual starting lineup, with Pablo Prigioni replacing Kenyon Martin.
- Carmelo Anthony, Iman Shumpert, and David West all received technical fouls.
- The Pacers are 5-0 all-time when leading 3-1 in a best-of-seven series; the Knicks are 0-12 when down 3-1.
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