This will be the final of four meetings against the Pacers and the final of two games at the Garden. Indiana leads the series thus far 2-1, and in order to avoid a series loss the Knicks will have to gain a victory tonight. New York has not lost a season series since the ’07-’08 season-so the stakes are high.
Carmelo Anthony has led the scoring thus far in two meetings against the Pacers with his 20.5 points and 7.5 rebounds. J.R. Smith posted 14.3 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.0 assists in three games, while Tyson Chandler added 12.7 points and 11.7 rebounds in three matchups.
New York got back to its winning ways by defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers 101-91 on 4/12. The Knicks were led by Carmelo Anthony and JR Smith who had 31 points apiece. Anthony posted 31 points on 12-of-24 shooting and 14 boards in over 30 minutes for his 10th double-double of the season and second consecutive. Smith recorded 31 points on 13-of-16 shooting from the field over 29 minutes. This was Smith’s best shooting percentage.
This Date in Knicks History:
1969: Knicks defeat the Celtics 112-104 at the Garden to force a Game Six in Eastern Division Finals.
1994: Knicks defeat the Washington Bullets 111-106 in Washington to clinch their second consecutive Atlantic Division title.
The Knicks and Pacers game is set to air on the MSG Network, with tip-off scheduled for 3:30 p.m.