By Charlie Widdoes (Twitter)
PACERS 103, KNICKS 96 | Madison Square Garden
How it happened:
The Knicks were on the verge of a much-needed win over the Pacers, the team tied for the best record in the NBA. They had stormed out to a 13-0 lead, matched Indy's physicality as the game got tense in the second half, and seemingly pulled away in the game's final moments.
But with a three point lead and five seconds to go, Iman Shumpert got whistled for a foul on a straightaway Paul George 3-point attempt, and from there everything changed. George knocked down all three free throws to tie the game, Carmelo Anthony's last second jumper in the lane glanced off the rim, and the visiting team put the game away in overtime to improve its record to 10-1 on the year.
The Knicks, on the other hand, dropped their sixth straight at The Garden, a particularly frustrating outcome for a team that battled against one of the league's best -- the same team that vanquished them from last year's playoffs.
Anthony was dominant, going head to head with Paul George, David West, or whoever else the Pacers tried to throw at him. He finished with 30 points and a season high 18 rebounds.
His teammates also stepped up, making the loss that much more heartbreaking. Beno Udrih, in his second game filling in for the injured Raymond Felton, directed the team and caught fire in the third quarter, putting up nine of his 19 points with clutch jumper afer clutch jumper.
J.R. Smith played arguably his best game of the season, finishing with 21 points and five rebounds.
Knick of the Night:
Anthony. Melo embraced the challenge of playing against George and the red hot Pacers, driving the ball to the hole with conviction and battling on the glass.
The Knicks hit the road for the next four, with a matchup with Washington coming up on Saturday.