WHAT IT MEANS: Most people agree on one thing about the Knicks: They're going only as far as Carmelo Anthony takes them this postseason. And he didn't take them very far on Sunday.
Anthony went an unsightly 10-for-28 shooting from the field in Game 1 against Indiana. And the Knicks couldn't get enough offense from their supporting cast in a 102-95 loss at Madison Square Garden.
Anthony finished with 27 points but hasn't shot the ball well in his past four games, missing 75 of his last 110 attempts.
On Sunday, he started out 6-for-17 and went to the bench with 7:48 to play after picking up his fourth foul. Indiana outscored the Knicks by 10 with Anthony on the bench and led by 16 heading into the fourth quarter.
Anthony's 3-pointer with 3:10 to play cut the Pacer lead to eight, and the Knicks got as close as four but the young Pacers showed poise down the stretch and walked off the floor with a win.
PACERS DEFENSE SHOWS UP: Indiana played well on both sides of the ball, but its defense was the driving force behind the Game 1 win.
Raymond Felton (18 points on 8-for-12 shooting) was the lone Knick to hurt the Pacers.
SIR LANCE A LOT: Lance Stephenson certainly felt right at home in the Garden on Sunday.
Stephenson had 11 points and 13 rebounds in Game 1. He had five points, six rebounds and three steals in a third quarter in which Indy outscored New York by ten.
Stephenson, a Coney Island native, won four high school city championships at Madison Square Garden with Lincoln High School.
PACERS DOMINATE THE PAINT: Indy's front line of Roy Hibbert, David West and Paul George dominated New York.
They combined for 53 points and 14 rebounds, helping the Pacers outrebound the Knicks by 14. The Knicks were outscored 46-32 in the paint and had just 10 second-chance points. The Pacers had 20.
They also forced both Anthony and Chandler into foul trouble. Anthony picked up his fifth foul with ten minutes to play and Chandler fouled out. Chandler was very quiet on Sunday. He finished with four points and three rebounds.
D.J. Augustine boosted Indiana off the bench with 16 points on 5-for-6 shooting, a much better shooting afternoon than Smith (4-for-15, 17 points), the Knicks' sixth man.
WHAT'S NEXT: The Knicks will have one day to rest before Game 2 on Tuesday at Madison Square Garden.
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