This was especially true early in the game. The Knicks had great offensive spacing with their smallball lineup. Raymond Felton continued his great play, scoring 12 first quarter points on 5-of-6 shooting. As has been the case all postseason, Felton did a great job of using the pick-and-roll to get into the lane and score. His floater was on point and was an effective method of scoring against the length of Pacers center Roy Hibbert.
After scoring 27 points in the first quarter, the Knicks were able to muster only 68 points the rest of the game, including just 19 in each the 2nd and 3rd quarters. A big part of this was their departure from the pick-and-roll and the subsequent offensive stagnation. To be successful against Hibbert's size, the Knicks could look to spread the Pacers out and make him play further away from the basket.