NBA Game Summary - Indiana at New York
(Saturday, February 26th)
Final Score: New York 90, Indiana 79
New York, NY (Sports Network) - Stephon Marbury scored 21 points and Jamal Crawford finished with 17 as New York snapped Indiana's five-game win streak with a 90-79 victory at Madison Square Garden.
Kurt Thomas compiled 16 points and nine rebounds as the Knicks earned their second straight win and third triumph in four games.
Jermaine O'Neal delivered a game-high 24 points and pulled down nine rebounds for the Pacers, who fell for just the third time in 11 outings. Reggie Miller added 14 points in the loss.
"We just didn't have the same energy," said O'Neal. "They were beating us for loose balls and we were giving up second-chance opportunities. The previous five games we were outplaying people."
The Pacers played without starters Jamaal Tinsley (bruised right foot) and Jeff Foster (back spasms) for the second straight game.
Indiana built an early 20-15 lead after Anthony Johnson's driving dunk with 3 1/2 minutes left in the first quarter, but the Knicks closed out the period with a 12-4 run to move ahead. Thomas, who scored the final six points of the spurt, hit a jumper with just over a minute left to put New York up 23-22, and sunk a 20-foot shot just before the buzzer for a 27-24 edge after the opening 12 minutes.
The Knicks extended their advantage to 40-32 on Crawford's three-point play midway through the second quarter. O'Neal scored at the 5:48 mark to cut the Pacers' deficit to six, but Indiana would go without a field goal over the rest of the half and trailed 47-37 at intermission.
New York led by as many as 13 points early in the third quarter before Indiana closed the gap with an 11-2 run. Consecutive baskets from Miller, the first a three-pointer, followed by Scot Pollard's tip-in brought the Pacers within 55-51 with 6:41 remaining in the frame.
The Knicks were up by six late in the third when Marbury led an 7-0 flurry to break open the game. The point guard found Anfernee Hardaway for a jumper, then twice drove the lane and scored. Marbury was fouled on the last layup and hit the bonus attempt to put New York up 71-58 in the waning seconds of the period.
Newly-acquired Maurice Taylor's bucket to open the fourth quarter gave the Knicks a 73-60 lead, but six straight Indiana points capped by Fred Jones' jumper with 9:17 to play cut the margin to seven.
However, the Pacers would go scoreless over the next five minutes and New York put the contest away with a 9-0 run. Crawford netted the last five points of the uprising, including a triple with 4:33 left which put the Knicks up 82-66.
"You have to give New York credit," said Indiana head coach Rick Carlisle. "They played an excellent game. Marbury did a great job on pick-and-rolls and Thomas hit a lot of shots early. We could just never get enough momentum to challenge them."
Malik Rose, acquired by the Knicks from San Antonio during Thursday's trade deadline, had eight rebounds (four offensive) and two points in nine minutes off the bench during his New York debut. Taylor, who was dealt from Houston on Thursday, had two points in five minutes in his first game as a Knick...New York has won four in a row at Madison Square Garden and improved to 16-12 at home...The home team has won 12 of the last 14 meetings between the clubs, including the last five...The Knicks won for just the second time in 10 Saturday games this year.
02/27 00:04:40 ET