By Taylor Armosino, Knicks fan since '03
Carmelo Anthony scored 28 points and J.R. Smith rediscovered his shooting stroke as the Knicks defeated Indiana, 85-75, at Madison Square Garden. Pacers point guard George Hill sat out the game with a concussion and the Knicks took full advantage. Without Hill, Indiana lost significant length defensively and had problems getting into some of their offensive sets.
Like the first four games of this series, Game 5 was a blue-collar, defensive type of game. Neither team was particularly efficient offensively; Indiana shot 36% from the floor, the Knicks shot 41%. Both teams got in foul trouble in the game, but the Knicks did a good job to force Roy Hibbert to the bench early. Not having a 7'2" defensive behemoth standing in the middle of the lane helped open things up a little bit for the Knick offense. Coach Mike Woodson got great contributions from rookies Chris Copeland and Pablo Prigioni, neither of whom played significant minutes in Game 4.
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