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Eastern Conference Second Round Game Three: Knicks v. Pacers 5/11

Here are some notes for those fans getting ready to watch Game Three of the Eastern Conference Second round against the New York Knicks and the Indiana Pacers, held in Indianapolis, IN on Saturday night.

New York Knicks logo

New York Knicks logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Thus far this series is tied at one game each for each team, with the intensity about to pick-up even more with each passing game.

In Game 2 the Knicks had a historic 30-2 run that stretched over the third and fourth quarters-including a 20-0 start to the final quarter-en route to a 105-79 victory on May 7. Leading the way offensively was Carmelo Anthony who had a team-high 32 points on 13-26 shooting from the field and nine rebounds in over 35 minutes.

This was Anthony’s fourth time this postseason reaching the 30-point mark, thus far Anthony has led the team in scoring all eight times in the playoffs. Iman Shumpert recorded 15 points, six rebounds and three assists in over 29 minutes. This is Shumpert’s fifth consecutive game scoring in double-digits.

Notes:

All about the D:

New York held Indiana to 79 points in Game 2 at the Garden. The Knicks were 26-2 in the regular season when they held its opponents to 90 points or less. The team holds a 5-0 mark when they hold their opponents under 90-points this postseason.

Thus far the Knicks have been able to hold their playoff opponents to under 80 points in three consecutive games of the series.

This Date in Knicks History:

1984: Knicks force a Game 7 in the Eastern Conference Semifinals, defeating Boston 106-104 at the Garden. Leading the way was Bernard King who had 44 points.

1994: Knicks grab a 2-0 series lead over the Chicago Bulls in the Eastern Conference Semifinals with a 96-91 victory at Madison Square Garden.

1997: New York put on a vintage defense effort in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Semifinals, holding Miami to just 73 points in 77-73 victory at Madison Square Garden for a 2-1 series lead.

Game Five between the Knicks and the Pacers is set to air on the ABC Network, with tip-off slated for 8:00 p.m.

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