NBA Game Summary - New York at Indiana
(Wednesday, April 7th)
Final Score: Indiana 113, New York 105
Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) - Danny Granger led all scorers with 33 points to go with seven rebounds, as the Indiana Pacers earned a 113-105 win over the New York Knicks at Conseco Fieldhouse.
Troy Murphy added a double-double with 17 points and 12 boards, while Roy Hibbert went for 15 points -- 11 in the first quarter -- for Indiana, which crushed Houston, 133-102, on Sunday and has won eight of its last 10 overall. Mike Dunleavy and A.J. Price contributed 13 and 11 points, respectively, off the bench in the win.
"A lot of fire power out there tonight," Pacers head coach Jim O'Brien said about his team's play. "When they tied the game, our guys did the necessary things defensively. I think movement is better when you have people who can spread to court."
Toney Douglas had a team-high 20 points in a reserve role, and Danilo Gallinari chipped in with 17 points for the Knicks, who had a modest two-game winning streak halted and have dropped five of seven. David Lee had a solid game with 16 points and as many rebounds, while Earl Barron ended with 15 points and nine boards in defeat.
"They came out and played well from the start," Lee said. "Danny Granger kind of immediately set the pace for their team."
Granger scored 14 in the opening quarter to give the Pacers a 38-25 lead after 12 minutes.
Indiana held a 59-44 edge near the midway point of the second before Douglas and Bill Walker hit back-to-back three-pointers to cap a 13-0 run, making it a 59-57 game with 2:58 left in the half. However, the Pacers answered with a 13-2 burst to go up, 72-59, heading into the locker room.
Gallinari's trey drew the Knicks to within three, 75-72, with 7:27 left in the third, but the Pacers went back up by double-digits, 88-78, after Price hit from beyond the arc with 4:18 remaining. New York then scored 12 of the last 16 of the period to get within 92-90 after three quarters.
New York did manage to tie the game on two occasions in the early stages of the fourth and deadlocked at 95-all with 9:24 to play, but Granger made two from the stripe to start a string of nine consecutive Indiana points. Brandon Rush's runner put the Pacers up 104-95 with 7:13 to play, and they held a 111-103 advantage with 4:08 on the clock. The Knicks never threatened the outcome the rest of the way.
The Knicks announced earlier on Wednesday that forward Al Harrington will undergo an arthroscopic procedure on his right shoulder on Thursday and miss the rest of the season. Recovery time is expected to be three to four months...Tracy McGrady returned to the lineup after sitting out Tuesday's 104-101 win over Boston and finished with four points and six assists...Indiana shot 48.9 percent from the floor, while the Knicks made 44.9 percent of their shots...New York had won four of five meetings versus Indiana coming into the contest.
04/07 23:57:06 ET