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Pacers vs. Knicks

The Pacers remain in the hunt of the final Eastern Conference playoff spot with 102-86 win over the Knicks.

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Pacers vs. Knicks

The Pacers remain in the hunt of the final Eastern Conference playoff spot with 102-86 win over the Knicks.
Apr 8, 2015  |  00:00

Miles Flush

George Hill finds C.J. Miles for the slam.
Apr 8, 2015  |  00:00

Hibbert Jam

David West finds Roy Hibbert for the two-handed jam.
Apr 8, 2015  |  00:00

Miles Slam

David West dishes to C.J. Miles for the easy slam.
Apr 8, 2015  |  00:00

Game Rewind: Pacers 102, Knicks 86

Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at 7:30 PM ET at Madison Square Garden






By Darren Thomas | Pacers.com

Game Recap

The Indiana Pacers led by as many as 28 points on Wednesday night and never trailed as they defeated the New York Knicks 102-86 at Madison Square Garden. The Pacers (35-43) came in hot off of a pair of wins and were looking to avoid a let-down against a Knicks (15-63) team with the worst record in the NBA this season.

Paul George played his allotted 15 minutes and stayed active while working out the kinks. PG scored in double figures again with 10 points to go along with three rebounds and a pair of steals. Paul didn’t shy away from contact either, taking bumps, hitting the ground and bouncing back multiple times.

"I think the more contact I get into it, the more I trust it," George said. "I haven't had really any lower leg contact – getting banged up below. That was really the first time I've been hit in the leg was tonight. Again, the more and more I get hit there, the better I feel there."

The Pacers held a 54-38 lead at the half and scored the first eight points in the third quarter to extend their advantage to 24. The woeful Knicks were not able to mount any sort of comeback and the Pacers rolled to a third straight decisive victory.

Indiana controlled nearly every facet of the game, displaying poise for the full 48 minutes. The Pacers controlled the tempo of the game, dominating the boards 54-34. Indiana also shot the ball effectively at 49 percent while holding the Knicks to 35 percent from the field.

Six Pacers players scored in double figures on the night. George Hill got himself out of his brief scoring slump (he had failed to score in double figures in the past two contests), adding another 20-point game to his resumé to go along with six rebounds and five assists. Roy Hibbert recorded the only double-double of the game with 11 points and 11 rebounds in only 16 minutes of play.

"I was just trying to be aggressive," Hibbert said. "We've been playing three centers, so not as many minutes for myself. I have to make the best and most of the minutes I have."

Langston Galloway led the way for New York with 19 points, many of which came after the game had essentially been decided. Andrea Bargnani scored 15 points and collected nine boards for the Knicks.

Wednesday night’s victory completed the Pacers’ four-game season sweep of the New York Knicks.

Indiana currently sits in the ninth spot in the Eastern Conference, one game behind the Boston Celtics and the Brooklyn Nets.

Inside the Numbers

Luis Scola came into the game needing only a single point to reach 8,000 on his career. Scola scored 11 points on the night.

Oddly, the Pacers have a losing record when attempting more field goals than their opponent and now have a winning record (20-19) when attempting fewer shots than the opposition.

With six dimes, Donald Sloan has now led the Pacers in assists 25 times this season. That is the most of any player on the team.

You Can Quote Me On That

"We need them all at this time of year. We've been behind the eight ball. It's an uphill battle. We'll need some losses from some other teams – we can't control that. We have to just control what we can control and take care of our business and get another win." – Pacers head coach Frank Vogel

"This was an important game for them. Every game is like a playoff game for Indiana. They played that way. They were physical right from the start and kind of overmatched us." – Knicks coach Derek Fisher

"It feels good. We're playing good. With me coming back, it definitely has sparked a little bit and strengthened the team. It gave us more depth and more experience." – Paul George

"We should embrace playing teams in the playoff hunt. They are going to give us their best effort and we have to give our best effort. Tonight wasn't our best effort. We could have played a lot tougher. Indiana has been a tough team and I don’t think we met that physicality." – Knicks forward Lance Thomas
 

Stat of the Game

With Wednesday's win over the Knicks, the Pacers will end the season with a perfect 6-0 record while wearing their renowned Flo-Jo throwback uniforms.
 

Noteworthy

  • C.J. Watson missed his second straight game and 20th on the season with a sore right elbow.
  • The Pacers completed a 4-0 season sweep of the Knicks on Wednesday night for the first time since the 2007-08 season.
  • The Knicks still lead the overall series with the Pacers, 87-77.
  • Pacers big man Shane Whittington was assigned to the Development League prior to their game against the Knicks.

 

Up Next

On Friday, the Pacers will take on the Pistons (30-48), who are officially out of the playoff hunt, in the Motor City. Tip-off is at 7:30 p.m. ET.

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