New York Knicks vs. Indiana Pacers: Game 3 Postgame Grades and Analysis

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New York Knicks vs. Indiana Pacers: Game 3 Postgame Grades and Analysis
Tom Russo-USA TODAY Sports

The Indiana Pacers put the New York Knicks on lockdown in Game 3, en route to a 82-71 win and a 2-1 series lead. 

Offense was optional in the first half, as neither team scored over 20 points in the first or second quarter—which led to a low scoring 36-33 first half score in favor of the Pacers.

Both teams shot 33.3 percent from the field, with George Hill scoring nine of the 18 points for the Pacers, and Tyson Chandler and Carmelo Anthony scoring 13 of the Knicks' 15 points in the first quarter.

Their poor shooting continued into the second quarter, with both teams finishing the first half shooting under 39 percent from the floor—Pacers (31.9 percent) and Knicks (38.1 percent).

That slow offensive trend carried over into the second half, with the Knicks and Pacers combining for just 84 points in the second half. 

Roy Hibbert dominated the Knicks in the paint, with 24 points and 12 rebounds (eight offensive). And Paul George supported his production well, with 14 points, eight rebounds, eight assists and five steals. 

The Knicks really had no answer for the Pacers, with Carmelo Anthony being the only Knicks player in double digits, with 21 points on 6-of-16 shooting from the floor.

With Game 4 looming, the Knicks have a lot to work on if they intend on making a push toward the Eastern Conference Finals, because right now the Pacers look like they've got this series right where they want it. 

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