The Indiana Pacers are playing inspired basketball right now, and the same absolutely can't be said for the New York Knicks.
Game 4 ended with the Pacers gaining a 3-1 series lead thanks to a 93-82 beat down of the Knicks.
During the first half, in which the Knicks trailed 48-34 at halftime, the frustration was clear on Carmelo Anthony's face—as he scored 16 of the Knicks' 34 first-half points.
It wasn't like 'Melo was jacking up a lot of more shots than everyone else. He shot 6-of-13 from the field through the first two quarters, which is rather efficient for 'Melo.
The problem was that the rest of the Knicks shot 8-of-30 from the floor in the first half, and they let the Pacers abuse them on the glass—out-rebounding the Knicks 30-18 in that time frame.
'Melo did all he could, with 24 points and nine rebounds, but once again, J.R. Smith let the Knicks down even though he ended with 19 points, because he shot an abysmal 7-of-22 from the floor.
Paul George and George Hill led the way for the Pacers with 44 points, 17 rebounds and 11 assists between them.
Game 5 is set for an 8 p.m. ET tip-off at Madison Square Garden. While the Pacers look like they're ready to punch their ticket to the Eastern Conference Finals, never count out the Knicks at home.