Win triggers confidence in Knicks camp
May, 17, 2013
By Ian Begley | ESPNNewYork.com
Debby Wong/USA TODAY SportsCarmelo Anthony finished with a game-high 28 points in Thursday's Game 5 win.The Knicks' win Thursday gave them more than just a chance to play another day -- it gave them confidence.
"If any team can accomplish this, I feel like we can," Tyson Chandler said.
The "this" Chandler was referring to is winning a series after trailing 3-1.
Only eight teams in NBA history have rebounded from a 3-1 series deficit.
The Knicks, of course, took a major step toward adding their name to the list with an 85-75 Game 5 win.
They still have a long way to go to complete the comeback, however. Game 6 is Saturday night in Indianapolis. The Knicks are 0-4 in Indy this season, including two ugly losses in this series.
The Pacers are 5-0 at home in the postseason.
But that stat matters little to the guys in the Knicks' locker room, according to Carmelo Anthony.
"We all believe at this point. We all have confidence," Anthony said after scoring a game-high 28 points -- including seven in the fourth quarter -- to lead the Knicks.
Anthony didn't have a strong shooting night (12-for-28) but attacked the paint and helped get Roy Hibbert and Paul George in foul trouble -- a key factor in the Knicks' win.
Nine of his 28 attempts were in the paint. Seven were within 4 feet of the rim.
He drew three fouls on George, Indiana's most important player.
"Even though he didn't necessarily shoot the ball well, I thought he did an excellent job of putting pressure on them," Chandler said. "I thought he made great decisions."
He also made shots when the Knicks needed them most.
George hit a 3 with 6:41 to go to pull the Pacers within four, but Anthony countered with a 17-foot jumper on the next possession. He then drew a foul on Hibbert and knocked down both free throws to put the Knicks up eight with 5:24 to play.
Anthony made his presence felt on defense as well.
Indiana cut the Knicks' lead to six early in the fourth. The Pacers fed Hibbert in the post with a chance to cut the lead to four. Anthony came over to trap him and forced the Pacers big man into a turnover.
"I think we played with a sense of urgency tonight, knowing what was at stake," Anthony said afterward. "We played it like we really wanted it. ... Tonight was one of those game we had to will ourselves to win, and we did that."
They'll have to do it again Saturday night.
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