Just when it looked liked the Pacers were going to drop a close one to the New York Knicks (who were looking for a bounce-back game themselves), Paul George comes out of nowhere to save the day.
First, by making the three free throws to tie it with 5.2 seconds left, and then by scoring nine of his season-high 35 points in overtime to hand the Knicks their fourth-straight loss 103-96.
At one point in the game, the Knicks led 13-0 but the Pacers didn’t throw in the towel. They fought back to the eventual win behind a gritty playoff-looking victory. Credit Indiana.
In the loss, Carmelo Anthony scored 30 points and hauled in 18 rebounds for the Knicks. George Hill finished with 23 for the Pacers, who improved to 10-1 win the win.
J.R. Smith had 21 points, and Beno Udrih scored a season-high 19 for the Knicks, including a go-ahead shot with a little over a minute to play in the fourth quarter.
Iman Shumpert fouled George with five seconds to go as he attempted a game-tying three pointer, the made free throws eventually sent the game into overtime.
New York played without Raymond Felton and, of course, Tyson Chandler. Amar’e Stoudemire also didn’t play because it was the second night of a back-to-back.
The Knicks led 42-37 at the half and never trailed by more than four until overtime.
This would’ve/could’ve been a huge confidence-booster for the Knicks, who are know looking at 3-8 dead-straight into the eyes. But once again, much like they’ve done all season long, New York fell short. They are really missing Chandler. If he plays, there’s no question the Knicks close this game.
Sooner or later, the Knicks are just going to click, you’d think. After a performance like this, I’m more encouraged.