NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Wednesday, April 7th (All times eastern)
New York Knicks (28-49) at Indiana Pacers (29-48), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The New York Knicks will shoot for their second straight series win over the Indiana Pacers tonight at Conseco Fieldhouse.
New York has won two of the first three matchups with Indiana this season and four of five meetings overall. The Knicks have also won their last two trips to Indy.
The Knicks have won back-to-back games since a four-game losing streak and are coming off Tuesday's 104-101 victory over the Boston Celtics at Madison Square Garden. Danilo Gallinari ended with 31 points and sank the go-ahead bank shot with 36.8 seconds remaining for New York, which got 13 points, 11 rebounds and six assists from double-double machine David Lee.
Earl Barron registered a season-high 17 points to go with a career-best 18 rebounds in the win.
"I was a little shocked at first that I was going to be starting, but I had to amp myself up a little more than I was at first," said Barron. "But you know I got off to a good start and that kind of helped me a little bit. I just needed to be aggressive and stay on the glass and try to keep the lead the whole game."
Knicks forward Al Harrington (ankle) and guard Tracy McGrady (knee) both missed last night's win and are questionable for Wednesday.
Indiana will wrap up a fur-game homestand and improved to 2-1 on the residency with Sunday's 133-102 blowout of the Houston Rockets. Roy Hibbert ended with 20 points and 11 rebounds, while Josh McRoberts scored a career-high 18 points to go with 12 boards for the Pacers, who have won seven of nine and improved to 21-17 in Indy this season.
"I wanted to come out and play as hard as I could for as long as I could," Hibbert said. "Everybody stepped up and helped each other out. I made a big effort tonight to try to get my game back to basics."
Danny Granger also had 18 points and both A.J. Price and Troy Murphy had 17 points in the win.
04/07 10:44:42 ET