PACERS 82 KNICKS 71 GAME 3 | BANKERS LIFE FIELDHOUSE
How it happened:
While the series shifted locations, Game 3 in Indiana mirrored Game 1 in New York as the Pacers dominated the glass on Saturday night. A staunch defensive effort combined with 24 points and 12 rebounds from Roy Hibbert led to a 82-71 victory for Indiana and a 2-1 series advantage.
Carmelo Anthony was the only Knick to register double figures in a 21-point performance but New York simply could not find consistent scoring throughout its first road game of the series.
The Knicks were searching for some offensive firepower as J.R. Smith fought through sickness and a102-degree temperature, which kept him out of this morning’s shootaround. Amar’e Stoudemire also made his first appearance since March 7 to potentially provide New York another threat on the frontline.
Smith finished 4-of-12 from the floor and he scored nine points. Stoudemire showed glimpses of a player that can add a dimension on the offensive side of the court, posting seven points in nine minutes of action.
Moving to the third quarter, Hibbert knocked in a tip at the 5:30 mark to stretch the Pacers lead to 51-44. Lance Stephenson drilled a corner 3-pointer and Anthony was whistled with his fourth foul with 3:17 left in the period. At this point, New York was staring at a 14-point deficit.
The Knicks cut the lead to nine points in the fourth quarter but Hibbert showed up big again by tipping in a bucket to push the road team out of contention with 6:41 on the clock.
Remarkably, in the low scoring contest, New York managed to only trail the Pacers 36-33 at the half after Anthony chucked a bullet pass to Kenyon Martin for a reverse finish towards the end of the second quarter.
New York uncharacteristically committed 10 of its 14 turnovers in the loss. Additionally, the squad only hit 35.2 percent of its field goal attempts and only launched 11 shots from downtown, which is a major part of the Knicks arsenal.
Four of the Pacers starters scored in double figures, including a hot start for George Hill, who connected on three treys in the first period. Hill scored 17 points as part of a 5-for-12 shooting night from the arc.
Knick of the Night:
Shumpert’s energy was evident throughout the game and he was the only Knick to attack the glass for 10 boards tonight. He also scored eight points, dished out two assists, and grabbed a steal in 37 minutes.
The Pacers ripped down 18 offensive rebounds and they scored 20 second chance points. Indiana outrebounded New York 53-40.
The Knicks will have several days to prepare for an essential Game 4 in Indiana. The team will practice on Sunday and Monday before Game 4 on Tuesday night at 7 PM.