Indiana Pacers vs. New York Knicks: Game 1 Postgame Grades and Analysis

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Indiana Pacers vs. New York Knicks: Game 1 Postgame Grades and Analysis
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It's not easy winning a playoff game on the road, never mind walking into Madison Square Garden and stealing the first game of a second-round playoff series. That's exactly what the Indiana Pacers did, though. They dominated the New York Knicks, 102-95, and grabbed a 1-0 series lead.

The Pacers led with strong defense and tenacity on the glass, as evidenced by their plus-14 rebound advantage, including five more offensive rebounds than the Knicks.

Roy Hibbert was the Pacers' foundation in Game 1 with 14 points, eight rebounds, five blocks and four assists. His defense in the paint was also a major factor in the upset win.

Carmelo Anthony and J.R. Smith combined for 44 points, but they shot a combined 14-of-43 from the floor, which equates to an awful 32.6 percent shooting performance.

If the Knicks want to rebound in Game 2 and even their series with the Pacers, they absolutely must protect the paint and dominate the glass, which are two things they didn't do in Game 1.

It was a solid performance by the Pacers, and a rather disappointing one for the Knicks.  

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