Five Takeaways: Physical Knicks Come Together To Take Down Indy

Multi-prev_20140428200545 2 of 6 Multi-next_20140428200545
Defense

Normal_479604375

The Pacers had no answers for New York's suffocating defense in this one. Iman Shumpert led the effort on the perimeter as the Knicks refused to let Pacers star Paul George get going. Tyson Chandler was the anchor in the middle; the 2012 Defensive Player of the Year was contesting, altering, and blocking Indiana's shots all night long. Carmelo Anthony chipped in as well, when he wasn't busy pouring in buckets on the offensive end. Melo's active hands were wreaking havoc all over the court, as the superstar forward racked up a game-high three steals.
 
Overall, the Knicks held the Pacers to 42 percent shooting from the field and a paltry 21 percent from downtown. New York was also able to prevent Indiana from scoring a single point on the fastbreak. This was a low scoring, physical game reminiscent of the Knicks-Pacers duels from the 90s, and while there was no miraculous 4-point play in this one, the Knicks came away with the victory.
 
Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images