NBA Game Summary - Indiana at New York|
(Wednesday, March 19th)
Final Score: New York 92, Indiana 86
New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Looks like Phil Jackson got in just at the
The newly minted New York Knicks president's second day on the job saw his
team run its season-best win streak to seven games by topping the Eastern
Conference-leading Indiana Pacers, 92-86, at a charged-up Madison Square
After receiving a standing ovation during pregame introductions, Jackson
witnessed Carmelo Anthony put up 34 points and Amar'e Stoudemire pour in 21 in
just 29 minutes to help continue the Knicks' late push for a postseason berth.
Tyson Chandler pulled down a game-high 14 rebounds for New York, now just four
games back of Atlanta for the Eastern Conference's final playoff spot with 14
"With a guy like that around it creates a winning mentality, it creates an
atmosphere that's pretty golden and we've got to capitalize on that,"
Stoudemire said of Jackson.
Lance Stephenson tallied 21 points and nine rebounds for Indiana and Roy
Hibbert finished with 20 points, but All-Star Paul George was held to 17 on 4-
of-17 shooting and the Pacers went 5-of-23 on 3-point attempts in having a
string of four straight victories halted.
The Knicks never relinquished a lead they gained midway through the first
quarter, though the Pacers put the outcome in doubt until the final stages
with a spirited comeback effort that began early in the second half.
Down 53-37 just over two minutes into the third quarter, Indiana closed the
gap behind a 9-0 run capped by Stephenson's driving layup with 6:26 remaining
in the period. A pair of Stephenson free throws that followed former Knick
Chris Copeland's basket further trimmed the margin near the end of the frame,
putting the Pacers within 65-62.
George's midrange jumper with just over a minute elapsed in the fourth quarter
cut New York's once-sizeable lead to 67-66, but the Knicks responded with
eight consecutive points to gain some separation.
Indiana kept battling, drawing within 80-76 on a Hibbert bucket with 4:15
left. The Knicks again had an answer, though, as Anthony sank two foul shots
and threw down a shattering dunk to highlight a 6-1 surge that put the hosts
up 86-77 with two minutes to play.
Stephenson's 3-pointer with 1:54 remaining had the Pacers down 86-80, but he
and David West turned it over on Indiana's next two trips down the court and
New York again increased the differential on Raymond Felton's jumper and
Anthony's 1-of-2 success rate from the line.
George was fouled on a 3-point try with 13.5 seconds on the clock and made all
three bonus attempts to trim the deficit to 90-86, before Tim Hardaway Jr.
iced the game for New York with two free throws on the following possession.
The Knicks wasted little time making a good first impression on Jackson,
controlling the majority of the opening half and closing out the initial
quarter on a 6-1 run to build a 21-14 lead at period's end.
New York extended the margin with a strong second quarter highlighted by 10
points from Stoudemire, four of which were part of a 12-2 stretch that pushed
the Knicks' advantage to 39-25 midway through the frame.
The Pacers trailed by 15 nearing the conclusion of the half, but pulled within
47-35 at the break on a George 3-pointer with 21 seconds on the clock.
"In the first half we tried to do it ourselves and only had two assists,"
Pacers coach Frank Vogel said. "In the second half we played much better.
Shared the basketball better, we screened better, but we fell short."
The Knicks had won their first six games of the current streak by double
digits and scored at least 107 points in each of those victories ... New York
went 24-of-29 from the foul line compared to a 19-of-27 performance by
Indiana, led by Anthony's 10-of-12 effort at the stripe ... The Knicks will
shoot for an eighth straight win Friday in Philadelphia against a 76ers team
that lost its 22nd in a row on Wednesday.
03/20 01:59:12 ET