NBA Game Summary - New York at Indiana
(Wednesday, April 16th)
Final Score: Indiana 132, New York 123
Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) - Mike Dunleavy scored 36 points, grabbed seven rebounds and handed out six assists, helping the Indiana Pacers wrap up their season on a winning note with a 132-123 triumph over the New York Knicks at Conseco Fieldhouse.
Dunleavy hit 12-of-19 from the floor - including a scorching 6-of-8 from three-point range - while Danny Granger went for 26 points and six rebounds, hitting four threes of his own. Troy Murphy scored 19 and grabbed 12 boards for the Pacers, who shot 58 percent from beyond the arc as a team and finished the season 36-46 while sweeping the four-game season series with the Knicks.
"I don't care who is out or injured," Indiana head coach Jim O'Brien said. "We need to make sure players wearing Pacers uniforms next year are mentally and physically tough. All the veterans - Danny, Mike, Jermaine (O'Neal) - all the veterans, we need to turn this around with toughness, dependability and guys that love the Pacers organization."
Jamal Crawford led New York with 25 points in less than 20 minutes, while Zach Randolph totaled 23 and 15 rebounds. Fred Jones added 20 for the Knicks, who landed in the Atlantic Division basement for the third consecutive season, at 23-59. New York shot just over 40 percent and allowed Indiana to hit at a 50 percent clip in what may have been the final game on the sidelines for beleaguered head coach Isiah Thomas.
"I will wait and see what (recently hired Knicks president) Donnie Walsh says," Thomas said of his job security. "He's our boss. Whatever he asks us to do, we'll do. This has just been a difficult year out on the floor. I like the growth and maturity (the players) showed as men."
The game was tied at 29 after one quarter, but the Knicks opened the second on an 8-2 spurt, and held a 43-37 lead inside the eight-minute mark. David Harrison then kick-started a 14-0 Pacers burst with a short jumper, and Dunleavy finished it with a three that made it an eight-point game with 4:20 left in the half.
Indy led 66-60 at the half, and by as many as 13 in the third on its way to a 103-96 margin heading to the fourth.
Harrison's bucket with 6:32 to go in the game made it 118-108, and threes by Granger and Dunleavy had the Pacers up 124-112 inside the five-minute mark. New York got back within eight, but Granger had two more threes for a 132-118 advantage with under 1 1/2 to go, and the Pacers cruised to the finish.
New York finished an abysmal 8-33 on the road for the season, and has lost 18 of its last 22 in Indianapolis...Indiana moved over .500 at home for the season, finishing 21-20 at Conseco...Harrison finished with 13 points and Andre Owens totaled 12 for the Pacers; David Lee had 14 and nine boards for the Knicks, while Jared Jeffries scored 12...Walsh stated publicly in the past weeks that Thomas' future as the team's coach would not be determined or discussed until the offseason.
04/16 22:30:12 ET