May 24, 2013
For as intense and down-to-the-wire as Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals was, the Indiana Pacers and Miami Heat shared the same thought on Thursday. In their minds, Game 2 will be better. Sure, Wednesday's 103-102 Heat series-opening win in overtime, with LeBron James scoring the game-winner on a layup as time expired, was great theater. But the teams combined for 41 turnovers, and play was at times choppy, thanks in part to 58 personal fouls called in the game's 53 minutes.
May 21, 2013 |
MIAMI - If this whole coaching thing doesn't work out, Frank Vogel probably has future in fight promotion. His hair will never rival that of Don King's, but the Pacers' coach certainly has a natural gift for monstrous chatter. Vogel isn't going into his team's playoff series against the Heat $15,000 in hole this time, but his mouth still appears to be running up a deficit when it comes to talking about the defending NBA champions. In other words, it's never a smart idea to give LeBron James motivation.
May 19, 2013
Lance Stephenson scored nine of his playoff career-high 23 points during a late 11-2 run Saturday night to lead the host Pacers past the Knicks, 106-99, and into the Eastern Conference finals for the first time since 2004. Next up is a rematch with Miami, the team that eliminated Indiana last season. Game 1 will be Wednesday at Miami. Carmelo Anthony scored 39 points and Iman Shumpert had 19 for New York. Indiana is 6-0 at home in the playoffs, but this one sure wasn't easy.
May 17, 2013
Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks broke out just enough to stay in it. Anthony scored 28 points and the Knicks avoided elimination in the Eastern Conference semifinals with an 85-75 victory over the Indiana Pacers in Game 5 on Thursday night at Madison Square Garden. Reserves J.R. Smith and Chris Copeland each had 13 points for the Knicks, who trail three games to two and will need a victory Saturday in Indiana to force a seventh game back in New York on Monday. "I was totally impressed because we met the challenge," Knicks coach Mike Woodson said.
May 15, 2013
George Hill scored 26 points and Paul George added 18 points and 14 rebounds Tuesday night, leading the host Indiana Pacers to a 93-82 victory over the New York Knicks and a three-games-to-one lead in the second-round series. Indiana needs one more win to reach the conference finals for the first time since 2004. Game 5 will be Thursday night at Madison Square Garden. NBA scoring champ Carmelo Anthony fouled out with 24 points. J.R. Smith had 19 on another dreadful night for the Knicks.
May 15, 2013 |
THE INDIANA PACERS finally figured it out. When given the chance to take command of a playoff series, they can't give it back. Last night, they didn't. George Hill scored 26 points and Paul George had 18 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists, leading the Pacers past the visiting New York Knicks, 93-82, and to within one win of their first conference finals appearance since 2004. "We wanted it," George said. "For us to come out with that edge, still, after being up 2-1 and being on our floor for Game 4, for us to be up and ready and have an edge to play, it just speaks to how focused we are right now. " It was a far cry from what Indiana experienced a week ago in New York.
May 8, 2013
Carmelo Anthony scored 32 points, 16 during a 30-2 New York onslaught in the second half, and the New York Knicks beat the visiting Indiana Pacers, 105-79, on Tuesday night to even the Eastern Conference semifinals at one game apiece. Iman Shumpert added 15 points, including a sensational follow-up dunk in the first half, and Raymond Felton scored 14 points as the Knicks turned a close game into a blowout over the final 15 minutes. Paul George scored 20 points for the Pacers, who had a two-point lead and momentum when coach Frank Vogel called timeout with a little more than three minutes left in the third quarter.
May 8, 2013 |
CARMELO ANTHONY scored 32 points, 16 during a 30-2 New York onslaught in the second half, as the Knicks beat the visiting Indiana Pacers, 105-79, last night to even their best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinals at one game apiece. Iman Shumpert added 15 points and Raymond Felton scored 14 as the Knicks turned a close game into a blowout over the final 15 minutes. Paul George scored 20 points for the Pacers, who had a two-point lead and momentum when coach Frank Vogel called timeout with a little more than 3 minutes left in the third quarter.
May 6, 2013 |
BIGGER, BADDER, and so far better. Physical beat finesse yesterday, as the Indiana Pacers outworked and outmuscled the New York Knicks in a 102-95 victory in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals at Madison Square Garden. David West scored 20 points and Paul George added 19 for the Pacers, who outrebounded the Knicks 44-30, showing the smaller team that in the rugged East, size does matter. "I thought guys did a good job just putting them on their heels," West said.
May 6, 2013
David West scored 20 points, Paul George added 19 and the Indiana Pacers beat the New York Knicks, 102-95, on Sunday in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals at Madison Square Garden. D.J. Augustin had 16 points for the Pacers, who built a 16-point lead while New York's Carmelo Anthony was on the bench in foul trouble in the third. Anthony finished with 27 points and 11 rebounds. Thunder top Grizzlies. Down by one in the final minute, Oklahoma City's Derek Fisher poked the ball away from Memphis' Mike Conley, springing Kevin Durant into the open court with a chance to put the Thunder on top. Durant sank a jumper with 11.1 seconds left for the last of his 35 points, lifting the Thunder to a 93-91 victory over the Grizzlies in Game 1 of the Western Conference semis.