NBA Game Summary - New York at Indiana
(Sunday, April 10th)
Final Score: New York 113, Indiana 112 (OT)
Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) - Michael Sweetney's putback at the buzzer in overtime lifted the New York Knicks past the Indiana Pacers, 113-112, at Conseco Fieldhouse. Jamal Crawford had 32 points for New York, which snapped a season-high nine-game losing streak.
"We finally got the other end of the stick we've been getting," said Knicks coach Herb Williams. "We've been getting the short end lately. I'm proud of our guys. They could have given up but they hung in there and kept fighting."
Reggie Miller, in his final game against the Knicks, poured in 34 points for Indiana, which had a six-game winning streak stopped and lost for just the second time in its last 10 contests.
The Pacers, who had a nine-game home winning streak against New York halted with the loss, slipped into a tie with the idle Washington Wizards for the fifth spot in the Eastern Conference playoff race.
Trailing by as many as seven in overtime, the Knicks pulled within three, 112-109, on a Sweetney three-point play with just under a minute remaining.
Stephon Marbury, who had 17 points and a season-high 19 assists, later brought the Knicks even closer with a layup, but missed a free throw that would have evened the game.
Following a shot clock violation by Indiana, the Knicks took over with seven seconds remaining and a chance to win. Marbury had the ball and got off an atrocious shot, but Sweetney was right there to get the rebound and put it back to give New York the win.
"That's the first time I've ever hit a shot like that, the first time I've ever won a game with a last second shot," said Sweetney, who netted a career- high 20 points in the win. "I just fought for position, got inside and the ball came right to me and I got a lay-up.
Trailing by 12 in the fourth quarter, the Pacers came all the way back and tied the game at 93 on Anthony Johnson's layup with 3:28 remaining in the period.
A Crawford basket regained the lead for the Knicks, but Miller answered at the other end with a three-pointer to give the Pacers their first lead since 4-2. Stephen Jackson then gave Indiana a 99-95 edge with a three-pointer.
The Knicks scored the next four points to even the game, but Jackson drained another shot from beyond the arc to give the Pacers a 102-99 lead with 42 seconds remaining.
After a Crawford layup, Miller hit a pair of free throws, but Kurt Thomas' three-pointer with 11.4 seconds remaining tied the contest at 104. The Pacers had a shot to win at the buzzer, but Johnson and Jeff Foster were both off the mark, sending the game to overtime.
Definitely, that play wasn't designed for me," said Thomas. "I knew we needed a three. We set a baseline screen for Jamal and Stephon was able to come off of the pick, threw it out to me and I hit it. Yes, I'm very confident in taking that shot. We were fortunate it went in and sent it in to overtime."
New York, which improved to a brutal 9-20 on the road, snapped a seven-game road losing streak and won for just the second time in its last 13 away from home.
Tied at 6-6, the Knicks used a 10-2 run to take an eight-point advantage. Indiana whittled the deficit down to five, but New York carried a 31-23 lead into the second quarter.
Indiana pulled within one a number of times in the second period and outscored the Knicks 25-20 in the stanza. However, New York went into the locker room with a 51-48 edge.
Crawford paced the Knicks with 11 points, while Miller led all scorers with 13.
The Pacers managed to tie the contest at 71 on a Dale Davis free throw with just over 4 1/2 minutes left in the third. However, the Knicks scored the final seven points of the period and carried an 81-74 advantage into the final 12 minutes.
The Knicks have won just two of their last 16 in Indiana, with their last win before today coming back on March 7, 2001...Jackson, who had 33 points against the Knicks last week in Miller's final Madison Square Garden performance, finished with 27 points...Johnson finished with 18 points and a career-high 16 assists.
04/10 19:40:25 ET