If you thought a New York Knicks loss to the Indiana Pacers in Game 4 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse would signal the end of their season, their season must feel pretty over to you this morning.
New York lost to Indiana 93-82 Tuesday night, falling behind in the Eastern Conference semifinals 3-1. Knicks star Carmelo Anthony scored 24 points on the night, but was held scoreless in the fourth quarter.
Pacers guard George Hill attempted only 14 shots, but he made nine of them and went 6 for 9 from the free throw line for a game-high 26 points. Hill’s teammate, 6-foot-8 forward Paul George, filled up the stat sheet, recording 18 points, 14 rebounds, seven assists, two steals and two blocks.
The Pacers had a 16 to 11 edge in offensive rebounds—leading to 19 second-chance points—and outrebounded the Knicks overall 54-36. They also outscored the Knicks 36-26 in the paint, highlighting both New York’s heavy reliance on (and thus far, poor) jump-shooting and the effectiveness of the Pacers’ Roy Hibbert-led interior defense.
The series resumes at 8 p.m. ET Thursday at Madison Square Garden.