The Indiana Pacers finished off the New York Knicks on the Saturday night clinching the fourth victory of the series in the last several minutes of game 6. The game was all tied coming into the last quarter, but the lack of diversity in the Knicks offense was the deciding factor last night and in this matchup throughout the series.
It was mostly Carmelo Anthony and JR Smith trying to create for themselves through isolations, and such a strong collective like the Pacers can’t be beaten that way. For the sixth time in the series, Anthony led his team in scoring with 39 points, Shumpert had 19 and Smith was the only other Knick in double digits with 15, while the Pacers starters scored 98 points in total.
Lance Stephenson, the New York native, probably played the game of his live against his home team. He scored 25 on a 9-13 shooting from the field and grabbed ten rebounds. Even with losing in the Conference semi-finals, the Knicks will probably be happy with the season after clinching the best regular season record in 16 years.
“It’s believable but it’s unbelievable. He’s got no playoff experience whatsoever but he has some of the best basketball instincts I’ve ever been around. The kid’s got a lot of guts,” coach Vogel said on Stephenson.
With this win, the Pacers have qualified to the Eastern Conference finals where they will face the defending champions Miami Heat. Game 1 will be played on Wednesday in Miami. It will be interesting to see whether Indiana really is the toughest Eastern opponent for the Heat, like many experts had stated even before the start of the season. The Pacers height could be a hard assignment for the Miami.
Knicks at Pacers 99:106 (2-4)