NBA Game Summary - New York at Indiana
(Tuesday, May 14th)
Final Score: Indiana 93, New York 82
Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) - The Indiana Pacers have dominated the
glass all year long.
Now their rebounding prowess has them on the brink of advancing to the
Eastern Conference finals.
George Hill netted 26 points and Paul George added 18 points and 14 rebounds
in the Pacers' 93-82 thumping of the New York Knicks in Game 4 of this
Eastern Conference semifinal.
"He was spectacular, maybe the best game I ever saw him play," Pacers head
coach Frank Vogel said of Hill. "Offensively, he wasn't really great executing
our offense, but he really bailed us out a few times when we had bad
possessions and needed someone to make a play."
The NBA's top rebounding team during the regular season held a 54-36 edge on
the boards and have outrebounded the Knicks by a 188-142 margin so far in this
Indiana took a 3-1 stranglehold in the set and can wrap up the series Thursday
at Madison Square Garden.
David West also had a double-double with 10 points and 10 boards, Roy Hibbert
grabbed 11 rebounds and again clogged the paint defensively with three more
blocks, while Lance Stephenson chipped in with 13 points for Indiana, which
hasn't lost at home this postseason.
The Memphis Grizzlies are the only other team to not suffer a defeat on their
home floor during the playoffs.
After not making a field goal in the fourth quarter of Game 3, the Knicks'
Carmelo Anthony was held scoreless in the final frame of Game 4 and fouled out
with two minutes left. He concluded with 24 points on 9-of-23 shooting.
NBA Sixth Man of the Year J.R. Smith continued to have a frustrating time
offensively as well for New York. He missed eight of his first nine shots and
finished just 7-of-22 from the floor for 19 points. He's 18-of-64 overall in
New York, which led the NBA in 3-point makes per game (10.9) during the year,
was 28.6 percent (8-of-28) from beyond the arc.
"I can't lose hope," Knicks head coach Mike Woodson said. "We go home, we
handle our business and we get back here on Friday and see if we can force
The Pacers jumped out to an 11-3 lead and took a 23-16 advantage after a
quarter of play.
They began to pull away during the latter stages of the second. After Raymond
Felton's layup brought the Knicks within 35-30 with 4:08 left, Indiana closed
the half on a 13-4 run.
Hill hit a triple, George nailed a pull-up jumper and Hill's steal and layup
in transition created a 16-point spread. Anthony nailed a long jumper in the
waning seconds, but the Pacers took a 48-34 advantage into the break.
The hometown product from IUPUI, Hill, had 14 of his points in the third and
knocked down a trey to give Indiana a 66-50 cushion with 2:12 remaining in the
stanza, but New York finished the frame on a 6-1 spurt to whittle the deficit
to 67-56 entering the fourth.
Smith's layup cut the gap to 69-61 early in the fourth, but the Pacers
countered with a 7-0 spurt and were never seriously threatened again.
Stephenson nailed a three and drove in for a layup before Hibbert's tip-in
increased the margin to 76-61 with 8:08 to play.
Attempting to make a late comeback, New York trailed by 11 and had possession,
but Anthony and Smith both missed triples before Anthony was whistled for a
loose ball foul, his sixth.
The Knicks never cut the deficit below nine the rest of the way.
New York is now 0-5 this year -- including the postseason -- at Bankers Life
Fieldhouse ... The Pacers held a 36-26 points in the paint advantage and 10-3
fastbreak points edge ... Felton had 14 points and six assists ... D.J.
Augustin tallied 11 points off the bench for Indiana.
05/14 23:31:27 ET
Powered by The Sports Network.