Pacers fall to Knicks in Game 5 without George Hill
The New York Knicks are not ready for their season to end.
Facing elimination in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals, the Knicks defeated the Pacers 85-75 at Madison Square Garden.
Carmelo Anthony led all scorers with 28 points. Paul George led Indiana with 23 points. David West added 17 points and ten rebounds.
Reserves J.R. Smith and Chris Copeland each had 13 points for the Knicks, who trail 3-2 and will need a victory Saturday in Indiana to force a seventh game back here Monday. They are trying to become the ninth NBA team to overcome a 3-1 deficit to win a series.
Anthony, who didn't make a basket in the fourth quarter of either game in Indiana, made a jumper midway through the fourth quarter after Indiana closed within four points. He followed with two free throws, Raymond Felton made a layup, and the Knicks were never in jeopardy again.
"We were a little upset. Everybody's a little emotional, because we felt this was a great opportunity for the guys on this team, this organization, we just didn't...we just blew it," West said. "Didn't have an opportunity to get the game to where we could maybe steal it. Again, just not enough concentration late."
Indiana was just 19-of-33 from the free throw line in the game and committed 19 turnovers.
"We just did not come to play. There's no excuses. We didn't deserve to win and just because we're going back home doesn't mean we're going to guarantee a win. To tell you the tough, we gotta figure it out, man up, toughen up, sack up and just try to close this thing out," said center Roy Hibbert.
The Pacers played without point guard George Hill, who missed the game with a concussion suffered in a Game 4 collision.
Game 6 is Saturday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.