Rapid Reaction: Pacers 93, Knicks 82
May, 14, 2013
By Ian Begley | ESPNNewYork.com
WHAT IT MEANS: The New York Knicks are one loss from a long summer vacation.
New York was embarrassed by the Pacers in a 93-82 Game 4 loss Tuesday night and now trails the best-of-seven series 3-1.
Game 5 is Thursday night at Madison Square Garden.
In franchise history, the Knicks have never come back from being down 3-1.
Only eight teams in NBA history have rebounded from such a deficit.
Pacers point guard George Hill crushed the Knicks with 26 points, including 13 in the third quarter to help the Pacers take an 11-point advantage into the fourth.
The Pacers outrebounded the Knicks 54-36 and outscored them in the paint 36-26.
Carmelo Anthony had 24 points and nine rebounds for the Knicks before fouling out with two minutes to play. He shot 9-for-23 from the floor.
New York couldn't get much going against Indiana on the offensive end. The Pacers, the top defensive team in the league in the regular season, held New York to 35.6 percent shooting.
Paul George hurt the Knicks with 18 points and 14 rebounds. The Pacers' Lance Stephenson had 13 points and eight rebounds.
WAS CHANDLER RIGHT? Tyson Chandler called out the Knicks for playing too much one-on-one basketball in Game 3. The offense was stagnant again in Game 4, but ball movement wasn't entirely to blame. It had more to do with an inability to make shots.
The Knicks went 8-for-28 from beyond the arc but were 4-for-20 entering the fourth. They went 3-for-11 in Game 3. The team relied heavily on 3-point shooting to generate offense all season, and it hasn't been there when they needed it in the past two games.
J.R. Smith struggled from the field. He was 2-for-12 through three quarters and finished the game 7-for-22, including a miss from point-blank range with 25 seconds to play.
The Knicks also didn't get much from Iman Shumpert. Shumpert, playing through soreness in his left knee, finished 0-for-6 from the field in 16 minutes.
BIGGER LINEUP, SIMILAR RESULTS: Mike Woodson went with a bigger starting five in an effort to control the boards. It didn't work well.
With Kenyon Martin in the starting five and Pablo Prigioni on the bench, the Knicks were outrebounded and outscored in the paint.
Amar'e Stoudemire had four points, four rebounds and four fouls in 11 minutes in his second game back since undergoing knee surgery March 11.
YOU GOTTA BE KIDDING ME: Jason Kidd's shooting woes continue. He finished 0-for-2 and missed a fast-break layup. Kidd entered play Tuesday scoreless in his previous seven games and missed his previous 14 shots. Kidd played 16 minutes. Prigioni played just three.
WHAT'S NEXT: The Knicks will travel home and prepare to play Indiana in Game 5 at Madison Square Garden on Thursday night.
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