Pacers Win First By Stopping Knicks in Fourth Quarter


Nov 4, 2009

NEW YORK — T.J. Ford scored eight of his 16 points in the final 3:12, and the Indiana Pacers won for the first time this season, holding the New York Knicks without a field goal for the final 9-plus minutes Wednesday night in a 101-89 victory.

Dahntay Jones had 19 points and 12 rebounds for the Pacers (1-3), who came in as one of the NBA's three winless teams and had lost all three games by double digits. Roy Hibbert added 15 points and 14 rebounds.

Brandon Rush
had 12 points and 10 rebounds as the Pacers pulled it out despite losing Danny Granger, who led Indiana with 21 points, to fouls with 3:38 remaining.

Al Harrington
scored 22 points for the Knicks, who shot 2-for-17 in the fourth quarter. David Lee had 20 points and 19 rebounds, but New York hit 39.5 percent for the game.

The Pacers turned to their defense without leading rebounder Troy Murphy, who bruised his lower back in a hard fall during a 111-93 loss to Denver on Tuesday night. They are already without another top player, Mike Dunleavy Jr., who is recovering from surgery on his right knee.

They didn't need them against the Knicks, who fell to 1-2 on a four-game homestand that concludes Friday with the only visit this season from LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Hibbert tied it at 76 early in the fourth, then Granger made a 3-pointer to give the Pacers the lead for good. Wilson Chandler's jumper with 9:20 left made it a one-point game, but the Knicks were shut out from the field the rest of the night.

The fourth-quarter debacle came after the Knicks had averaged 40.5 points in the fourth quarters of their previous two games.

New York stayed within four points by making numerous trips to the line until Ford's jumper made it 93-87 with 3:12 to go. Ford followed with two free throws for an eight-point lead, and after Harrington hit two free throws, Ford knocked down another jumper to put it away at 97-89 with 48 seconds remaining.

The Pacers committed seven turnovers in the first quarter, but still trailed only 25-21 after both teams shot under 40 percent. The offenses picked up in the second, with Harrington scoring 10 points and New York hitting 62 percent to take a 56-50 halftime lead.

The Knicks led by seven late in the third quarter before the Pacers scored the final six points of the period. Granger made a 3-pointer, but the other points were on free throws that pulled Indiana within 74-73 heading to the fourth.

Indiana was 8 of 12 from the line in the third quarter. New York shot none.

Pacers coach Jim O'Brien said he didn't know how long Murphy would be out, but said the forward had trouble putting his shoes on Wednesday. … The Knicks are in a stretch where they play seven of eight games at home. … Hibbert has double-doubles in his last two games, the first two of his career.

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