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Indiana Pacers vs. New York Knicks - Game Five

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(NEW YORK, NY) – The New York Knicks defeated the Indiana Pacers by 24 points, including 20 offensive rebounds in their 121-91 win in game five. Jalen Brunson leads the way with 44 points.

1. First quarter

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After a win in game three and a dominant win in game four, Indiana seemingly had all the momentum heading into game five. That’s how the first quarter started. Indiana quickly jumped out to a 4-0 lead on baskets Aaron Nesmith And Pascal Siakam. The two teams would eventually tie at nine after an offensive rebound putback Isaiah Hartenstein. Indiana responded with a 7-0 run, taking an early seven-point lead on two Siakam free throws. Indiana would hold that lead for a few possessions, but not for long. Ben Sheppard converted a three that pushed Indiana’s lead to 25-20 with 3:57 left in the quarter. New York then went on an 11-0 run thanks to Jalen Brunson, Miles McBrideAnd Jos Hart. Indiana would ensure that New York’s lead would not exceed six in the first quarter. After one, Indiana trailed 38-32. Hart and Brunson led all players in scoring with ten points. Indiana’s top scorer was Siakam with seven points. New York outscored Indiana 13-5 in the first period and grabbed seven offensive rebounds.

2. Second quarter

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The last six minutes of the first quarter were not in the Pacers’ favor and that struggle continued in the second quarter. Brunson pushed New York’s lead to 46-33 after scoring six of eight points for the Knicks to start the period. Indiana came back with a layup by Siakam and a triple by Andreas Nembhard. The Knicks responded with an 8-2 burst to lead 52-40 with 6:51 remaining in the half after a Alec Burks three. New York could maintain that double-digit lead for most of the rest of the quarter. Siakam cut it to nine points with 5:08 left with a fadeaway jumper. The wheels then fell off for Indiana. New York continually had second chance after second chance, turning that nine-point lead into an eighteen-point lead with 2:11 left in the half. The Pacers only beat the Knicks by three points the rest of the way and trailed 69-54 at intermission. Brunson went ballistic in the quarter, scoring 18 points. He led all scorers with 28 at halftime. Siakam trailed Indiana in scoring with 13 points. New York was +16 on the glass and grabbed 12 offensive rebounds in the first half. All seven rebounds for Hartenstein in the first half were offensive. Tyrese Haliburton was 2/4 in the first half with 7 points despite a playing time of 19:33.

3. Third quarter

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During this postseason run for Indiana, they haven’t had that dominant third quarter that fans came to expect during the regular season. The second half started with Myles Turner knocking down three straight threes to make it a 70-63 Knicks lead with 8:33 left in the quarter. Indiana had a chance to make it a six-point game, but Siakam’s layup fell off the rim. New York followed that up with a 17-0 run. Hart’s floater with 3:13 left in the quarter was the final basket of that series, making it an 89-64 game. Indiana ended the final in 3:13 by beating New York by four points and trailing 96-75 after three quarters. Turner scored the most points in the quarter with nine points. Brunson still led all scorers with 35 points, followed by Hart with 18 points. Indiana’s top scorer was Turner with 16 points. New York outscored Indiana by twenty-one after three quarters. The Knicks had 17 offensive rebounds compared to Indiana’s 19 total rebounds.

4. Fourth quarter

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With the game all but decided, it would take a miracle for the Pacers to outscore the Knicks by 22 points in the fourth quarter to win. The Pacers opened the final quarter on a 9-0 run, with Siakam scoring six points TJ McConnell scored the other three. New York called a timeout to regroup and held Indiana to two points over the next five minutes. During that stretch, the Knicks scored 12 points and led 109-88 with 5:16 left in the game. In fact, Indiana was defeated 25-7 in the final (5:16). Their offense just couldn’t put up good shots, turn the basketball over or come up with defensive rebounds to get out of transition. At one point, Hartenstein grabbed an offensive rebound on four straight possessions for the Knicks. The final score in game five was 121-91.

5. Top performers

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Jalen Brunson (44p, 7a, 4r, 2 threes), Josh Hart (18p, 11r, 3a), Alec Burks (18p, 5r, 5 threes), Miles McBride (17p, 4a, 3 threes), Donte DiVincenzo (8p, 7r, 4a, 0/6 on threes) and Isaiah Hartenstein (7p, 12 offensive rebounds, 5 defensive rebounds, 5a). For Indiana, Pascal Siakam (22p, 8r), Myles Turner (16p, 5r, 4 threes), Tyrese Haliburton (13p, 5a, 2r), Andrew Nembhard (11p, 4a, 3r) and Aaron Nesmith (8p, 4r, 2a ). For tonight’s full box score, click here.

6. Notes

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  • Indiana Pacers are now 1-5 on the road in the playoffs
  • Indiana Pacers have lost four straight playoff games
  • Indiana Pacers are 5-1 in winning turnover margin this postseason
  • Indiana Pacers are 1-4 when tied or losing turnover margin in this postseason
  • Indiana’s -24 rebounding margin is the third-worst margin in franchise history
  • Indiana’s 18 goals are the most in a playoff game this postseason
  • The New York Knicks have yet to lose if they beat their opponent in this postseason
  • The New York Knicks have yet to win if they are outscored by their opponent in this postseason
  • Jalen Brunson scored more than 40 points for the fifth time in the postseason
  • Isaiah Hartenstein’s 12 offensive rebounds are a career high (including playoffs)
    • Hartenstein & Hart combined for 27 rebounds, Indiana had 29
  • Miles McBride recorded a career-high 17 points
  • Josh Hart recorded his 8th double-double this postseason
  • Pascal Siakam scored 20+ points for the 4th time this postseason
  • Tyrese Haliburton score split into halves:
    • Away:
      • Milwaukee – 7, 2, 6, 6, 11, 5 = 37 points
      • New York – 22, 12, 0, 6, 7, 6 = 47 points
    • At home
      • Milwaukee – 8, 7, 15, 9, 2 = 56 points
      • New York – 23, 12, 13, 7 = 55 points

7. Next

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With the Indiana Fever home opener on Thursday, Indiana and New York will enjoy two days off before facing off in game six at Gainbridge Fieldhouse on Friday night. The status for OG Anunoby is still up in the air. The playing time must be determined. If Boston wins Wednesday night, the game will be played at 8:30 p.m. If Boston loses, it will be at 6 p.m. Pat Boylan will get things started 30 minutes before the game with the Kroger Pregame Show. Mark Boyle and Eddie Gill will then do the play-by-play on 93.5/107.5 The Fan. The series program:

  • Game 1 – Monday, May 6, 2024, at Madison Square Garden – NYK 121 – 117
  • Game 2 – Wednesday, May 8, 2024, at Madison Square Garden – NYK 130 – 121
  • Game 3 – Friday, May 10, 2024, at Gainbridge Fieldhouse – IND 111 – 106
  • Game 4 – Sunday, May 12, 2024, at Gainbridge Fieldhouse – IND 121 – 89
  • Game 5 – Tuesday, May 14, 2024, at Madison Square Garden – NYK 121 – 91
  • Game 6 – Friday, May 17, 2024, at Gainbridge Fieldhouse – 6:00 PM OR 8:30 PM (ESPN)
  • Game 7 (if necessary), Sunday, May 19, 2024, at Madison Square Garden – 3:30 PM (ABC)