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Recap: Pacers 102, Knicks 95
Line Movements
Date: May 05, 2013 3:30 PM EDT
  

NEW YORK (AP) - Bigger, badder, and so far better.

Physical beat finesse Sunday, as the Indiana Pacers outworked and outmuscled the New York Knicks in a 102-95 victory in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.

David West scored 20 points and Paul George added 19 for the Pacers, who outrebounded the Knicks 44-30, showing the smaller team that in the rugged East, size does matter.

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``I thought guys did a good job just putting them on their heels,' West said. ``We were attacking, we were aggressive.'

D.J. Augustin had 16 points for the Pacers, who built a 16-point lead while Carmelo Anthony was on the bench in foul trouble in the third quarter, and easily held on to spoil the Knicks' first second-round game since 2000.

Anthony finished with 27 points and 11 rebounds, but was frustrated by the Pacers' tough defense and by the referees. He shot 10 of 28 from the field and was perhaps thrown out of sync having to defend West, a natural power forward, inside.

``Right now they're just being really physical with him, they're trying to bang him, they're trying to frustrate him,' Knicks point guard Raymond Felton said. ``But we're going to be fine, he's going to be fine.'

Game 2 is here Tuesday night, and then the series takes a lengthy break before Game 3 on Saturday in Indiana.

The Pacers, who allowed the second-fewest points per game and the lowest field goal percentage in the league during the regular season, mixed in solid offense as well. They outscored New York 59-38 across the middle two quarters and were comfortably ahead throughout the fourth.

``Just a strong defensive effort and then offensively guys played with great poise,' Pacers coach Frank Vogel said. ``Just a complete team effort, very proud of them.'

Roy Hibbert scored 14 points in thoroughly outplaying counterpart Tyson Chandler, and George Hill also had 14 for the Pacers, adding seven rebounds and six assists.

Lance Stephenson added 11 points and 13 rebounds playing in his hometown.

J.R. Smith scored 17 points but was 4 of 15. Felton had 18 and Kenyon Martin added 12 for the Knicks, who hope to have reserves Amare Stoudemire (right knee surgery) and Steve Novak (back spasms) back for Game 3 and certainly looked as if they could use the help.

Both teams wrapped up their first-round series Friday night, the Knicks' victory in Game 6 in Boston giving them their first series victory in 13 years and sending them on to face a familiar postseason foe in Indiana, which ousted Atlanta.

The teams met three straight years from 1993-95, then again from 1998-00, splitting their six series, and this was the type of slugfest so many of those matchups were.

Indiana led 60-54 when Anthony committed his fourth foul and came out of the game with 7:48 remaining in the third quarter. The Pacers then outscored the Knicks 21-11 the remainder of the period, opening an 81-65 bulge on Augustin's 3-pointer with 31.5 seconds left in the quarter.

``They did all the little things,' Knicks coach Mike Woodson said. ``We didn't start playing until we actually got down and it was desperation and we've got to play like that from the start.'

Anthony came back on to start the fourth and scored the first six points to get the Knicks back within 10. He picked up a fifth on a questionable offensive foul call with 10 minutes left and appeared to wave off a substitution when Chandler checked in, though Woodson said Chandler was going in for Martin, who was the one who exited.

But there was no final flurry, and Chandler eventually fouled out with four points and three rebounds.

Anthony wore a sleeve under his jersey covering a strap to keep his sore left shoulder in place. It was first hurt against the Pacers in April, then aggravated when Kevin Garnett pulled on his arm while setting a screen during the first-round series.

That may have contributed to his poor shooting but certainly the Pacers had plenty to do with it, as did having to bang inside with the bigger West - though Anthony downplayed the toughness factor.

``The physicality of this game didn't do nothing to me, to us,' he said.

``It's like Coach Woodson said and I agree with him, they beat us on the glass, they beat us to the loose basketballs out there, the hustle plays, and they outworked us. I don't think that had anything do with being more physical.'

The Knicks closed the first quarter with a 9-0 spurt, taking a 27-22 lead after 3-pointers by Smith and Felton to end the period. But the Pacers tightened up the defense in the second, holding the Knicks to two baskets in the final 5 minutes.

Indiana outscored New York 13-4 during that stretch, taking a 52-46 lead to halftime after George hit a 3-pointer with 2.7 seconds left.

The Pacers, who also were the league's best team at defending the 3-pointer, limited the Knicks to 19 attempts and actually made more (8-7). Augustin was 4 of 5 off the bench.

Notes: Anthony averaged 29.1 points in the first round, equaling the second-highest ever by a Knicks player. Patrick Ewing had 31.6 per game in a 1990 series. ... Anthony received the one first-place vote that kept LeBron James from being the NBA's first unanimous selection as MVP. ``That's the furthest thing on my mind at this point in time,' said Anthony, who was third in the voting behind Kevin Durant. ``I'll take that vote.' ... Indiana won both matchups in the conference semifinals, a 4-3 victory in 1995 and a 4-1 win in 1998. ... Indiana's Jeff Pendergraph was fined $5,000 by the NBA, the first player punished for violating the league's anti-flopping rules in the playoffs. ... Novak said he hurt his back while warming up at halftime of Game 5 against Boston but has been feeling better each day since.

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 SERIES AT A GLANCE
GAME 1
Pacers at Knicks
Sun, May 5 Final 102 to 95
 Recaps
GAME 2
Pacers at Knicks
Tue, May 7 Final 79 to 105
 Recaps
GAME 3
Knicks at Pacers
Sat, May 11 Final 71 to 82
 Recaps
GAME 4
Knicks at Pacers
Tue, May 14 Final 82 to 93
 Recaps
GAME 5
Pacers at Knicks
Thu, May 16 Final 75 to 85
 Recaps
GAME 6
Knicks at Pacers
Sat, May 18 Final 99 to 106
 Recaps

 CLOSING LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   SPR   O/U 
 IND  +190   +5.5   182 
 NYK  -230   -5.5   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CLOSING SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   SPR   O/U 
 IND  +180   +5.5   182 
 NYK  -220   -5.5   
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   SPR   O/U 
 IND  50%   37%   60% 
 NYK  50%   63%   40% 
BT MOVEMENTS

 NBA HEAD TO HEAD
 Apr 14, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 IND 80 Under: 170 
 NYK 90 Cover: 6.5 
 Tools:   Recaps
 Feb 20, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 NYK 91 Over: 216 
 IND 125 Cover: 30 
 Tools:   Recaps
 Jan 10, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 NYK 76 Cover: 0.5 
 IND 81 Under: 157 
 Tools:   Recaps
 Nov 18, 2012  Score  ATS Results 
 IND 76 Under: 164 
 NYK 88 Cover: 4.5 
 Tools:   Recaps

 NBA RECAPS
 Sunday, May 5
 
    Grizzlies at Thunder
1:00 PM EDT
    Pacers at Knicks
3:35 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
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