The New York Knicks are still alive, for now. Behind Carmelo Anthony’s 28 points, the Knicks defeated the Indiana Pacers 85-75 to force Game 6 of their Eastern Conference semifinals series. It was the first time in franchise history that the Knicks won a game when trailing 3-1 in a seven-game series.
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Now, the bigger question presents itself: can they come all the way back?
It doesn’t seem likely. Even in their series-saving win, none of New York’s scorers shot the ball efficiently. Anthony’s 28 points came on 28 shots. Iman Shumpert shot 2-for-10 from the field. J.R. Smith, 4-for-11. Raymond Felton, 6-for-14.
The Knicks primarily took advantage of the Pacers’ shorthandedness. George Hill sat out the game with concussion symptoms, and it’s unclear when he will return. In his absence, the Pacers were forced to play D.J. Augustin heavy minutes. Augustin did not play well, shooting 3-for-9 from the field and committing two careless turnovers. The Knicks were also able to neutralize Roy Hibbert by getting him in foul trouble.
Even with all of these advantages, the Knicks did not put the game away until the final minutes. All of these factors have to go in their favor again for them to win both of the next two games. If they can pull out a win in Indiana on Saturday, it will set the stage for a wild Game 7 at Madison Square Garden. However, they have a lot of work to do before they can be counted on.
Barnes’ scary fall: Golden State Warriors forward Harrison Barnes collided with San Antonio Spurs center Boris Diaw near the end of the first half and stayed on the ground for several minutes. Somehow, he played all 12 minutes of the third quarter before exiting in the fourth with headache symptoms.
Western finals all set: With the Spurs’ win over the Warriors, the Western Conference Finals matchup is set. The Spurs will face the Memphis Grizzlies in San Antonio on Sunday at 3:30 p.M. Eastern time. The game will air on ABC.
No games are on the schedule for Friday. The Knicks play the Pacers in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference semifinals on Saturday at 8:00 p.M. Eastern time on TNT.