The New York Knicks got bullied in a ton of different ways by a tough Indiana Pacers team Sunday afternoon, eventually falling 102-95 in their first game of the second round of the postseason. The Pacers had six players score in double figures and collectively embarrassed the Knicks on their own court.
The Knicks were 31-10 at home during the regular season but dropped a game at MSG against the Boston Celtics in the first round, and now they've dropped another in Round 2. Although the Knicks are struggling, this series is far from over.
"They did all the little things," Knicks coach Mike Woodson said to Ian Begley of ESPN New York. "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."
New York hung with the Pacers for most of the game, but when Carmelo Anthony got into foul trouble in the second half, Indiana pulled away and led by 16 going into the final period.
“Hibbert, he played better tonight,” Woodson told Howard Beck of the New York Times. “I got to get Tyson playing better than Hibbert.”
These two Eastern Conference foes battled all year long and split their season series evenly at 2-2. The Pacers won the first matchup between them in the playoffs, but the Knicks can come back in Game 2 and even up the series before heading into a hostile environment in Indiana.
Anthony felt that the Pacers not only outplayed his Knicks on Sunday, but also outworked them.
“They just flat-out played harder than we did today,” Anthony said (via NYT). “That was the key in their victory. They outplayed us; they outworked us.”
Here is what New York needs to do to tie the series up at 1-1 on Tuesday.