Knicks lose Game 1 to Pacers in convincing fashion

 

The Knicks finally vanquished their longtime nemesis, the Celtics, but their reward was the even younger, larger and faster Pacers.

The Pacers showed the Knicks they’re likely going to be an even bigger threat than Boston, as they drew first blood with a convincing 102-95 win in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.

“They just flat out played harder than we did today,” said Carmelo Anthony. “That was the key in their victory.”

Anthony hasn’t been effective in over a week during these playoffs. He’s gone 35-of-130 (26.9 percent) from the field, including a paltry 2-of-22 from behind the arc, in the last four games.

The Pacers used a balanced attack as all five starters reached double digits in scoring, led by David West’s 20 points. Lance Stephenson also had a big game as the Brooklyn native felt right at home in the Garden as he notched 11 points and a game-high 13 rebounds. The fact that Stephenson had so many rebounds from the shooting guard position showed that the Knicks will be vastly undermanned on the glass all series.

The Knicks got very little from shooting guard J.R. Smith, as he could only muster 17 points (4-of-15). Raymond Felton was solid all game, scoring 18 points, and Carmelo Anthony warmed up late and finished with 27 points (10-of-28 shooting), but New York got very little else from a supporting cast that was sans sharpshooter Steve Novak (back).

Head coach Mike Woodson specifically called out center Tyson Chandler, who was vastly outplayed by the Pacers’ Roy Hibbert. Chandler fouled out at the 2:36 mark of the fourth quarter, but he was essentially nonexistent all afternoon anyway. The 7-foot-1 pivot was lost in the even bigger shadow of the 7-foot-2 Hibbert, as he could only muster four points and three rebounds before bowing out of the game.

“I thought they played harder than our team tonight, that’s the difference,” said Woodson, quickly turning to Chandler’s ineffectiveness. “I thought Hibbert played better [than Tyson Chandler] tonight, too.”

Indiana should take great confidence heading into Tuesday’s Game 2 knowing their best offensive option and the recipient of the NBA’s Most Improved Player of the Year award, George, only had 19 points on 5-of-14 shooting. But as most star players do, George found a way to help his team in other ways by adding five rebounds and four assists, while staying aggressive in getting to the foul line eight times and making seven.

“Obviously we’re upset losing at home, losing that first game, but at the same time we still got six games left,” said Felton, who hinted the Pacers were allowed to be the far more aggressive and physical team by the referees. “They’re being really physical with Melo. They’re banging him, they’re hitting him and they’re going at his shoulder.”

Follow Knicks beat writer Tony Williams on Twitter @TBone8.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

MAP: New York City Street Closures August 22,…

The Percy Sutton Harlem 5K and NYC Family Health Walk-a-thon and Pakistan Day Parade and Fair will cause traffic delays and street closures in New York City this weekend. Plan…

International

U.N. nuclear inquiry on Iran seen making slow…

The U.N. nuclear watchdog appears to have made only limited progress so far in getting Iran to answer questions about its suspected atomic bomb research, diplomatic sources said on Friday,…

National

Violence-weary Missouri town sees second night of calm

By Nick Carey and Carey GillamFERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) - The violence-weary town of Ferguson, Missouri, saw a second straight evening of relative calm on Thursday…

National

Journalist James Foley's parents, after call with pope,…

The parents of James Foley, the American journalist killed by Islamic State militants in Iraq, on Friday called for prayer and support to free the remaining captives held by Islamic…

Television

Recap: 'The Knick,' Season 1, Episode 3, 'The…

The third episode of Steven Soderbergh's "The Knick" finds Dr. Thackery (Clive Owen) meeting an old flame and other characters embracing self-destruction.

Music

Webcast: Watch Polyphonic Spree live on Sunday Aug.…

Polyphonic Spree singer Tim DeLaughter sits with Metro Music Editor Pat Healy for a chat and then the big band performs live. It begins on Sunday at 9:30 pm

Movies

Matthew Weiner on directing 'Are You Here' and…

"Mad Men" creator Matthew Weiner discusses his movie "Are You Here," his history writing comedy and the tiny movie he directed in 1996 you can't see.

Movies

Michael Chiklis on his football past and 'When…

Michael Chiklis remembers playing football in high school and how that prepped him to play a coach in "When the Game Stands Tall."

NFL

3 things we learned about the Giants in…

The Giants claimed the Snoopy trophy in a battle of MetLife Stadium tenants Friday night. But more importantly, the offense finally showed some life in…

NFL

3 things we learned about the Jets in…

The Jets lost the Snoopy Bowl, 35-24, to the Giants, losing the trophy and local bragging rights.

NFL

Fantasy football draft guide: How to draft your…

Many are wondering if we’re entering a new age in fantasy football drafting — one where running backs take a backseat.

NFL

Jets vs. Giants: 3 Giants storylines to watch

The Giants have plenty to work on as they reach the dress rehearsal preseason game Friday night against the rival Jets.

Wellbeing

Asics is giving away free gear around NYC…

Asics wants to see you on the court - and in the stands for the U.S. Open, which begins Monday - by giving away free…

Sex

Big weddings may lead to long-term happiness

Dreaming of a big wedding? A new study indicates that the longer your guest list, the happier you’ll be in the long run. l A…

Sex

Online dating for every generation

Frank Jackson and his mother Maggie are like lots of modern families: They have dinner together regularly, keep each other updated on their lives —…

Wellbeing

Going green could be the key to getting…

If we could just pursue the things that would actually make us happy, we could help the environment too, according to a New York researcher.…