Al Harrington proved too much for the Pacers in his first visit to Indiana as a Knick. Harrington finished the night with 31 points on 14-26 shooting.
David "Double-Double" Lee, in his first game since being snubbed from the All-Star game, had 23 points and 17 rebounds for his 35th double-double and a monstrous dunk over first time All-Star Danny Granger.
Chris Duhon added 13 points and seven assists and the Knicks bench chipped in with 38 points, 14 for Nate Robinson, 16 for Wilson Chandler, six from Danilo Gallinari, and 2 from Tim Thomas.
The Pacers crowd never looked into it and the Knicks took advantage of it. The Knicks are now 21-25 and two-wins away from equaling last year's total of 23 which is remarkable as there's still six games left until the All-Star break. They are now tied with Milwaukee in the eighth seed.
Now comes "Dream Week" which is more like "Hell Week" as the Lakers, Cavs, and Celtics come to the Garden. This will be a true test to see how far these Knicks have really come. I'm expecting three great games, that will ultimately end in losses, but those losses could be major stepping stones in the Knicks efforts to make the playoffs.
Hopefully the Knicks will prove me wrong and show the world again that basketball is back at the Mecca.
Notes: Jared Jeffries left the game with a bruised thigh. Mike D'antoni said he should be day-to-day.