Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Pacers 103, Knicks 96
By Ian Begley
NEW YORK -- Iman Shumpert's season went from bad to worse on Wednesday night.
The Knicks seemed on the verge of a home victory against the Indiana Pacers until Shumpert was whistled for a shooting foul on a Paul George 3-point attempt with 5.2 seconds to play and the Knicks up three. It was unclear if there was contact on the play. Replays were inconclusive.
George calmly sank all three free throws and then added nine points on 3-for-3 shooting in overtime to lift Indiana to a win.
The Knicks have lost six straight at home for the first time since February 2010 and have dropped four straight overall and five of six.
They are 3-8 and tied with the Brooklyn Nets for last place in the Atlantic Division.
Paul perfect: Pacers star Paul George torched the Knicks in the playoffs last season. He picked up where he left off on Wednesday night. George was held scoreless in the first quarter but had 12 in the fourth quarter and nine in overtime to lift Indiana (10-1).
George hit 7 of 11 field goals in the fourth quarter and overtime and finished with a game-high 35 points.
He outplayed Knicks star Carmelo Anthony, who had 30 points on 10-for-28 shooting. Anthony went 3-for-10 in the fourth quarter and overtime. He also missed a shot with three seconds to play that would have won the game.
Big night for Beno: One bright spot for the Knicks was the play of third-string point guard Beno Udrih.
Udrih, pressed into duty with Raymond Felton hurt, poured in seven key points in the final 4:41 of regulation to allow the Knicks to keep pace with Indy. He finished with a season-high 19 points.
Shumpert, whose name has been floated in recent trade rumors, had 4 points, 5 steals and 4 rebounds in 36 minutes.
Hot start, poor finish: The Knicks opened the game with a 13-0 lead but went cold in the third quarter, missing 18 of 26 shots to allow Indy to come back.
What's next: The Knicks will likely take the day off on Thursday and practice on Friday to prepare for Saturday's road game against the Wizards.