NBA Game Summary - New York at Indiana
(Saturday, January 20th)
Final Score: New York 108, Indiana 106
Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) - David Lee had 20 points and 16 rebounds off the bench, and Nate Robinson hit a trio of free throws with under 11 seconds to play, as the New York Knicks held on to defeat the new-look Indiana Pacers, 108-106.
Eddy Curry had a game-high 26 points before fouling out for the Knicks, who won a late game for a change. New York had lost its last two games coming in, both in the final seconds.
The Knicks dropped a 101-100 game to New Jersey on Friday after a Clifford Robinson tip-in with 2.8 seconds left, two days after Caron Butler's dunk with 2.2 ticks remaining lifted Washington over the Knicks, 99-98.
"It's always frustrating when we play good team basketball and it doesn't result in a win," Lee said of the past two losses. "Tonight, we just tried to stay with it and it was nice to come in here and get a win against a good Indiana team."
Stephon Marbury had 22 points and six assists in the win, while Quentin Richardson donated 20 points and 13 boards.
The loss spoiled the debuts of three new players for the Pacers. One of those players, Mike Dunleavy, started in the game and ended with 14 points.
Dunleavy was acquired from Golden State on Wednesday along with Troy Murphy, Ike Diogu and Keith McLeod. The Pacers in turn sent Al Harrington, Stephen Jackson, Sarunas Jasikevicius and Josh Powell to the Warriors.
"This is a great organization and these are a lot of good guys," Dunleavy said. "We had a really good practice yesterday. Naturally there is going to be a lull as we get acclimated to our new team."
Murphy ended with 10 points and 11 rebounds, while Diogu played just over five minutes and did not score. McLeod did not play because of a strained abdominal muscle.
Jermaine O'Neal led Indiana, losers in four straight, with 25 points to go along with 10 rebounds, while Danny Granger had 19 points. Jamaal Tinsley chipped in 15 points and seven assists in defeat.
Tied at 85-85 with 9:26 on the clock in the fourth, New York netted 10 straight to go ahead. Lee started the burst with a dunk and free throw, while Jamal Crawford made it 95-85 on a jumper with 7:28 remaining.
The Pacers got back into the game through hustle by Darrell Armstrong when, down 97-87, the guard came up with consecutive steals that he took for layups to cut it to six with 4:43 remaining. Tinsley then hit a pair of free throws and a jumper to make it a two-point game at 97-95 with 3:11 left.
The teams traded buckets before Marbury drilled a big three to give the Knicks a 102-97 edge with 2:12 remaining.
A three by Granger made it a five-point game with just over a minute to play, and after Malik Rose traveled to turn the ball over, Granger drove the lane and dropped in a layup to make it 105-102 with 31 seconds left.
A backcourt turnover on Robinson gave the ball back to the Pacers, and O'Neal's ensuing layup made it a one-point contest with 11 ticks to go.
Robinson hit a pair from the line for a three-point lead with 10.1 on the clock, and the Pacers called timeout. Indiana elected to go inside, and O'Neal's layup made it 107-106.
Indiana quickly fouled Robinson with 6.5 seconds remaining and he missed his first try before knocking down the second. Granger then went for the win with a long three, but his shot was long and hit nothing but air as New York held on.
"It was evident that we definitely needed this win," said Richardson. "I'm just upset with the way we won. But at this point, we'll take any win that we can get."
New York led 23-22 after the first quarter and that edge stretched to 32-24 after a 9-2 run to begin the second, with the last five points coming from Richardson.
The Knicks took a 41-29 advantage with 6:24 left in the quarter after a jumper by Channing Frye, but the Pacers scored the game's next eight points -- five from the free throw line -- to close within 41-37. New York, though, still led 52-45 at the break.
Curry came out of the gate hot in the second half, netting seven points in the third frame's first 2:18, as the Knicks went ahead 62-51. Two free throws by Curry just over a minute later upped New York's edge to 68-53.
A 9-3 spurt by Indiana cut its deficit to nine at 71-62 with 6:08 to go in the third. Dunleavy then heated up and accounted for all seven points during a 7-1 run that pulled the Pacers to within 76-71 with 3:54 remaining.
"It felt really good tonight, like I was a kid again playing in a rec league," Dunleavy said. "It felt great. Unfortunately we couldn't pull it out. We settled down in the second half and got better shots. But it just wasn't quite enough."
Indiana closed the gap to 79-77 by the end of the frame, as O'Neal netted his club's final six points.
The Knicks shot an impressive 52.3 percent from the floor. Indiana shot 43.8 percent...New York won the rebounding battle 39-33 and overcame 20 turnovers...Crawford ended with nine points...Armstrong finished with eight points...The Pacers were beginning a four-game homestand and have now lost six of their last nine overall.
01/20 23:43:07 ET