Rapid Reaction: Knicks 85, Pacers 75
May, 16, 2013
By Ian Begley | ESPNNewYork.com
WHAT IT MEANS: It wasn't pretty, but the New York Knicks will certainly take it.
Thanks to timely shooting from Carmelo Anthony and Chris Copeland, and some sloppy play by a Pacers team without its starting point guard, the Knicks earned an 85-75 win in Game 5 to avoid elimination.
Anthony led the Knicks with 28 points but the breakout star was Copeland, the seldom-used rookie, who scored 13 off the bench.
With George Hill (concussion) out, the Indiana offense sputtered. The Pacers shot 36 percent from the floor and missed 13 of 19 threes. They also missed 12 free throws.
The Knicks trail in the series 3-2 and have a long way to go to complete the comeback. Only eight teams in NBA history have rebounded from a 3-1 series deficit.
Game 6 is Indiana on Saturday night. The Pacers are 5-0 at home in the playoffs. That record includes two convincing wins over the Knicks.
WOODY MAKES RIGHT MOVES: After his big lineup failed in Game 4, Mike Woodson went back to the Knicks' traditional, smaller lineup in Game 5.
With Pablo Prigioni back in the starting five, the Knicks offense hummed much more smoothly against Indiana. New York hit seven of 18 threes and had just 10 turnovers compared to 19 for Indiana.
Woodson also opted to play Copeland extended minutes for the first time in the postseason. He played Jason Kidd just five minutes, all in the first half. Kidd is scoreless in his last nine games. Woodson also played Amar'e Stoudemire just seven minutes -- all in the first half.
MELO FELLOW: Anthony did not have a great shooting night (12-for-28) but he helped get Indiana's Paul George into foul trouble and forced Roy Hibbert into a turnover midway through the fourth with New York clinging to a six-point lead.
J.R. Smith seemed to get back on the right track after four awful shooting nights to begin the series. Smith attacked the basket and finished with 13 points on 4-for-11 shooting.
BOARD WORK: After getting torched on the boards in their three losses, the Knicks held their own on Thursday. They had 40 rebounds; Indy finished with 43.
New York had five players with at least five rebounds, led by Tyson Chandler's eight boards.
Entering tonight's game, Indiana had outrebounded the Knicks, 186-144 in the series.
WHAT'S NEXT: The Knicks take on the Pacers in Game 6 in Indiana on Saturday night.
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