On Saturday night, at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, the Knicks (#2 Seed, 54-28) were defeated by the Indiana Pacers (#3 Seed, 49-32) 106-99.
The Pacers have won the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals 4-2 and will advance to play the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals. Box Score
Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks in scoring with 39 points on 15-29 shooting from the floor. He added seven rebounds and two assists.
J.R. Smith scored 15 points off the bench on 4-15 shooting from the floor. He lead the team in rebounds with 10 and had three assists.
Lance Stephenson led the Pacers in scoring with 25 points on 9-13 from the line. He was 7-8 from the line. He added 10 rebounds, three assists and one block.
Paul George scored 23 points on 9-15 from the floor. He was only 3-9 from the line and added five rebounds, four assists.
Roy Hibbert scored 21 points on 6-13 from the floor. He was 9-12 from the line and added a game high 12 rebounds along with five blocks.
The Knicks bench outscored the Pacers bench 31-8
The Pacers out rebounded the Knicks 43-37 but the Knicks had an advantage on the offensive glass 14-11. The turnovers were even at nine.
The Pacers shot 50% from the field but were only 4-15 from three while the Knicks shot 40% from the field but 43% from three.
The Knicks were 0-6 this postseason when allowed a team to score more than 80 points.
The Knicks are now 7-6 all-time in Game 6 when trailing a best-of-seven series 3-2.
This is the first time the Knicks season ends in the second round of the playoffs since 1998 when losing in five games to the Pacers.
A frustrating and tough way for the season to end for the Knicks tonight. This game was going to be the biggest hill to climb and though they did a great job getting back in it, they did not finish.
The Pacers played their best game offensively since Game One. Roy Hibbert was allowed to do whatever he wanted and Lance Stephenson played the best game of his career.
It also did not hurt that the Pacers had some help tonight. The three men that helped end the Knicks season tonight were Officials Ken Mauer, Ed Malloy and Tom Washington. The Knicks were called for 34 fouls, including Chandler, Martin and Shumpert fouling out, with the Pacers getting 46 free throws.
The Pacers were not called for the same fouls that the Knicks were called for. It became comical at points and I hope none of them are allowed to set foot on the court again for the rest of the post season.
But, the Knicks can look to Game One and tonight as the two games where they could have won the game but did not make it happen. It was the loss in Game One that allowed Indy to have a chance to close it out at home tonight.
J.R. Smith was bad again except for a couple of big shots in the second half. Tyson Chandler was awful and Raymond Felton was a non factor.
Carmelo Anthony was great. Yes his shot didn’t fall in the fourth and the two turnovers were killer. One of the missed shots was that insane block by Hibbert and two other shots rimmed out. It happens. But, the Knicks are not even in this game without him.
The Pacers did what teams that don’t have home court need to do. They got the one road win and then defended home court. The Knicks inability to win Indiana and match the Pacers intensity for 48 minutes in those games were a killer.
This season has come to an end and it was truly a fun ride. No matter what your expectations were for this team, calling it a disappointment would be wrong.
This was a year of first time in a long time moments. This franchise is finally out of the woods they found themselves in while under Scott Layden, Isiah Thomas and the early years of Donnie Walsh.
A Division Title, A playoff series win, and 50+ wins are just some of the accomplishments they had this year that can’t be overlooked. Stuff they had not done in over a decade. Those facts are now gone. Thankfully.
29 teams this year and every year forward will end their season at some level of disappointment for not winning a title. That is the nature of sports.
But the 2012-2013 Knicks should not be disappointed with their overall body of work. They should use this as fuel to do it all again next year and try to win that elusive championship.
At the end of the day, all Knicks fans should hold their heads up high. Amar’e Stoudemire’s promise from the Summer of 2010 has finally come true.
The Knicks are back.