Postgame Report: Knicks 123, Pacers 119 090223

Racked up 15 of his career-high 33 points in the fourth quarter. Finished with 11-of-19 shooting, 3-of-5 from the 3-point line, three rebounds, three assists and two steals.

Name Min. +/- Name Min. +/-
Maceo Baston 5:00 -5 Marquis Daniels 42:11 +7
Travis Diener 21:14 -2 Mike Dunleavy DNP ---
T.J. Ford DNP --- Jeff Foster 27:49 -10
Stephen Graham 12:36 -8 Danny Granger DNP --
Roy Hibbert 15:45 +9 Jarrett Jack 41:15 +2
Josh McRoberts DNP --- Troy Murphy 34:34 +1
Rasho Nesterovic 6:10 +1 Brandon Rush 33:26 -15

  • Points in the paint: Pacers 58, Knicks 58
  • Fast-break points: Pacers 21, Knicks 11
  • Second-chance points: Knicks 19, Pacers 15
  • Points off turnovers: Knicks 28, Pacers 7
  • Starters scoring: Pacers 100, Knicks 72
  • Bench scoring: Knicks 51, Pacers 19

  • In two games in Madison Square Garden this year, Jarrett Jack has totaled 62 points (31.0), made 21-of-33 from the field (.636), including 7-of-12 (.583) from the 3-point line. He also committed 11 turnovers.

  • T.J. Ford missed the game due to the flu, joining Danny Granger (foot) and Mike Dunleavy (knee) on the sidelines.
  • Marquis Daniels also was hampered by flu-like symptoms but tied his season high with 28 points.
  • Troy Murphy was one point shy of his second 20-20 game of the season with 19 points and 21 rebounds, adding four assists.
  • In his sixth start, rookie Brandon Rush missed his first seven shots but recovered to make 5-of-8 in the second half when he scored 12 of his 14 points.
  • The Pacers trailed 97-87 early in the fourth quarter but rallied to take a 119-117 lead on Jack's free throws with 1:01 remaining. They wouldn't score again.
  • Nate Robinson scored a career-high 41 for the Knicks, including the last six of the game in the final minute. He added eight rebounds, three assists and two steals, making 15-of-19 from the line.
  • Al Harrington scored 27 and David Lee had 20 points and 13 rebounds for the Knicks.

  • The Pacers return home to face the Memphis Grizzlies Wednesday in Conseco Fieldhouse (7 p.m., Fox Sports Indiana, 1070 The Fan).

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  • Feb. 23, 2009 at New York

    Knicks 123, Pacers 119


    (On the season) “It’s been a fun season to play the minutes and everything like that but it’s been frustrating at times not being able to get as many wins as we would have like. We’ve had a lot of injuries which has really kind of put us behind the eight ball but we’ve felt like we should be right in the playoff mix and injuries have really hurt us a little bit.”

    (On playing against David Lee) “It’s always a tough match-up going against him. He’s a great rebounder and he finishes around the basket with both hands. He’s a really good player.”


    (On tonight’s game) “I think we are just trying to hold ship until our guys get back. Guys came out and fought hard Marquis (Daniels) is playing very sick and other guys are playing through injuries. You can’t do anything but be happy with the effort out there.”

    (On Nate Robinson) “He is probably been playing the best basketball this particular month. I’m sure he will get named Eastern Conference player of the week. He is on a dramatic tear since the All-Star break and he just had another great performance.”

    (More on tonight’s game) “The first half when you look at the field goal percentage neither one of us shot the ball particularly well. I think we came in here regrouped at halftime. Both of us can score the ball. The ball just didn’t bounce our way. Those are the breaks of the basketball game normally the teams that wins makes the fewest mistakes.”


    (On Nate Robinson) “Maybe the 41 points and just him making every big play out there probably did it. He was terrific. Tonight when we lacked energy and lacked a little focus, he really picked it up and he did a terrific job.”

    (On tonight’s win) “They were shorthanded. That’s probably the biggest difference. We’re not going take anything away from this, other than Nate’s (Robinson) performance and a win, and that’s pretty good. But we can’t think that we played pretty well or we did this. We didn’t do a whole lot tonight. Disappointing, I’m sure it was an exciting game to watch, but that’s not the type of game we want to play. I didn’t think we played well. Hopefully we’re ready for Wednesday night because we’d better be.”


    (On the team’s performance) “We picked up our energy in the second half and this was a game we needed. I knew I had to bring the energy. I could not do it without my teammates. We came out real strong. They played a hell of a game without three of their players. You have to tip your hat off to them. They gave us a run for our money and we handled it pretty well.”

    (On the steal in the 4th quarter) “I knew Jarret Jack was trying to come in and screen and pop out and I just denied him and was watching…he overthrew him and I ran and got the ball. I was like ‘he’s not stopping me from getting the lay-up.’ I knew this was a bucket that we needed.”

    (On Larry Hughes) “I’ve been watching Larry [Hughes] since I was thirteen. I told him to hang in there and that the fans are going to love him. He’ll get the jitters out and he is a ball player…one of my favorites growing up watching. I’m happy to be his teammate.”

    (On the playoff race) “We are getting better. We have 24 wins and we are looking to get more and trying to make the playoffs. That is our goal…to make the playoffs. Anything less than that, we are going to be a pretty upset team.”


    (On tonight’s game) “This was a big time game against a team that was short handed. Both teams were coming off back to backs. Both teams played sloppy tonight but a win is a win and Nate [Robinson] got on fire in the second half. We needed every bit of it because Jarret Jack was hitting shots. Every game is different and we just concentrate on bringing energy…we need to keep working. That should have been a game we should have won handily tonight with their two best players out. It was too close for comfort but I’m just glad we got the win.”

    (On Nate Robinson) “Nate’s [Robinson] play was unbelievable throughout the whole third and fourth quarter. Anytime he plays like that, it’s tough to stop him when he’s being aggressive…big plays by him and a big win by us.”


    (On getting readjusted to playing) “My legs are feeling a lot better now and my shot has to start falling. I’m just trying to take good shots. I haven’t played, but that is no excuse. I want to come out and compete. I know the shot will come. My teammates want me to shoot the ball when I’m open. Coach [D’Antoni] says to continue to go out and play hard on both ends of the court and things will come around.”

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