Postgame Report: Knicks 122, Pacers 113 090131
Though his status for the game was in doubt due to a sore lower back, the veteran point guardraised his career high for the second time in three games with 36 on 14-of-23 shooting, eight-of-10 from the free-throw line, adding five assists, four rebounds and a steal in 39 minutes.
The Knicks made 15 from the 3-point line, tying the Pacers' all-time opponent record and establishing a new opponent mark at Conseco Fieldhouse.
After playing 17 games in 30 days in January, the Pacers get a couple of days off before beginning their February schedule Tuesday against Minnesota in Conseco Fieldhouse (Fox Sports Indiana, 1070 The Fan), a game that brings the season's longest homestand to a close.
Jan. 31, 2009 at Conseco Fieldhouse
Knicks 122, Pacers 113
PACERS COACH JIM O'BRIEN
“That’s a tough style to go against with our fourth game in five nights. They shot the heck out of it and our guys never gave up. Give New York credit."
" T.J. (Ford) played with great energy, all game. He did a great job attacking and scoring the ball."
Danny (Granger) pretty much came to me before the game and said, ‘Coach you can use me as a decoy. I can barely get off my feet.’ But he’s a quick healer and a tough guy.”
PACERS GUARD T.J. FORD
“We got out of the gate slow and could never get the game in our control. We were not even close. This was a time when we played very poor stretch defense and you can’t win games that way. "
(On his scoring) "I will have looks and I will try to make them when I get them. This also helps open up other shots for other teammates."
"Al (Harrington) really hurt us tonight. Our defense was a step slow on rotations and it really costs us.”
PACERS FORWARD STEPHEN GRAHAM
“We didn’t execute down the stretch. As a matter of fact, we didn’t execute at all."
(On coming off the bench late in the game) "My job is to come in and give the effort and be ready to play whenever I am called upon. We still have a half year left to go. We can pick things up and we can make the playoffs."
" When I get the time, I try to use it and show the coaching staff what I can do. I don’t mind being called upon any time during the game. I’m here to help the team.”
KNICKS COACH MIKE D'ANTONI
(On the first half) "Shot the ball well in the first half. Up by 12, we should have been up by 18. That can worry a coach."
(On the game) "A lot of good factors, a lot of good things going. Keep working and keep getting better. Lots of guys made great individual plays."
" I am pleased by the way we are playing. And the group we have… they are really trying.”
KNICKS FORWARD AL HARRINGTON
(On the win) "I’m just happy we got the win. We’re trying to build into the playoff picture."
(On the Knicks offense playing so well) "We could have played a little bit better but that was pretty good. 122 points is great and that means the ball is moving and a lot of different guys are getting involved."
(On the difference with this team lately) "We’ve just been fighting. Defensively we’ve been locked in; offensively we’ve been seeing the basketball. It becomes contagious and everyone is playing well.”
KNICKS FORWARD DAVID LEE
“We haven’t had a good road win in a long time. I was happy to come in here tonight and get a win against a Pacer team that played real well against Miami and is playing a lot better ball."
(On the consistency of the Knicks play lately) "We’re just trying to take this one game at a time."
(On where the Pacers hurt them) "In the transition game they hurt us a little bit. T.J. Ford killed us all night, running the ball up the floor."
"Our biggest thing was trying to switch on those screen and rolls and get out on shooters. If Dunleavy (Mike) and Granger and Murphy (Troy) and those guys get hot, they can cause you a lot of problems. We did OK on those guys tonight. Our defense is continuing to get better.”