This past weekend the clock struck 12 for the Knicks, as they lost 99-106 to the Indiana Pacers. The Knicks struggled offensively, only making 40 percent from the field and ended the game with nine turnovers. However, it was not the Knicks low shooting percentage that accounted for their loss. The game stayed relatively close until late in the fourth quarter. The Indiana Pacers, however, came with their “A” game.
The highlight of this young team was Lance Stephenson. Stephenson’s hustle and fearless attitude helped to secure the Knicks’ fate and earned him 25 points and 10 rebounds. It also helped that the Pacers had George Hill back in the lineup after he passed several concussion tests and determined “ok” to play. Hill contributed 12 points and five rebounds to the Pacers win.
The highlight of the game was Roy Hibbert’s monstrous block against Carmelo Anthony in the fourth quarter, which was picked up by Paul George and brought to the other end for a quick two by Stephenson. The Knicks seemed to have fallen apart at the last minute. The Pacers outscored the Knicks 25-18 in the fourth quarter, advancing to the Eastern Conference Finals. Indiana will start this series against the Heat at 8:30 ET Wednesday on TNT.
The Grizzlies had a major wake-up call in their 83-105 loss to the San Antonio Spurs. The game was never really close. It seems as though the Spurs came out on fire. The smallest deficit of the game was by one early in the first quarter. After that, the Grizzlies were never able to catch up.
The biggest part of the Spur’s success was due to their outside shooting. The veteran team was able to shoot almost 50 percent from behind the perimeter. Kawhi Leonard, once again, came up big, making four of five of his three-point shots.
The Spurs were also able to shut out Zach Randolph. He only scored two points in the whole game, but did manage seven rebounds. Marc Gasol, however, was able put up 15 points and four rebounds. The Spurs are a great team, but Memphis did not seem to have a rhythm as they played. They allowed San Antonio to make them play “Spurs basketball” instead of playing “Memphis ball.”
Tony Parker also had a big game and was able to penetrate as well as move the ball around. He ended with 20 points and nine assists.