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WHO?, WHAT?, WHERE?, WHEN?…. Knicks end Pacers Win Streak

November 19, 2009

Team Defense leads to the Knicks 2nd win of the season

INDIANAPOLIS- Down by as many as 19 points, the New York Knicks finally buckled down to get their second win of the season. Team defense and good shot selection were  keys to a second half comeback, along with huge contributions from the bench. Al Harrington nailed back to back three-point shots to bring the Knicks within one in the fourth quarter and had a team high 26 points.

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Larry Hughes made a tough put back shot to ignite the team with just under three minutes remaining and had his best all around game since coming to New York. Hughes came close to a triple double pouring in 22 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists. Wilson Chandler seeming to have a break out game scored 18 points before fouling out in the fourth on 7 for 13 shooting. David Lee played well and added 17 points and 8 rebounds. Starters Toney Douglas only scored four points and Danilo Gallinari had an off scoring night missing his only two shot attempts.

Eddie Curry, making his first appearance of the season since injuring his calf muscle, played surprisingly well. Despite having some conditioning issues attributed to not being in-game shape, Curry looked slim and fit. He took advantage of his 12 minutes of play scoring 10 points shooting 3 for 4 from the field, and even earned himself a technical foul tussling with Solomon Jones in the paint late in the second quarter.

The Knicks finally ended their six game losing streak and outplayed the Pacers, who are coming off five straight wins. It was a first half familiar with Knick fans as Danny Granger went on a scoring tear, shredding the porous Knick defense for 30 points. The Pacers who beat the Knicks just a week ago in New York started where they left off, scoring 69 points in the first half and going into the break leading by 15. However the hot shooting Granger and the Pacers got cold after the intermission, they came apart in the second half and allowed the Knicks to crawl back into the game.

Granger scored only 3 points in the second half after a torrid start, and fouled out with 1:26 remaining in the fourth quarter as the Knicks started a 11-0 run on Al Harringtons’s back to back shots from behind the arc. The Pacers who shot 59% in the first half only managed to shoot 24% in the second.

Rookie Tyler Hansbrough who has seen limited action since injuring his shin played 14 minutes and scored 18 points. Second year center Roy Hibbert added 12 rebounds. The Pacers were missing forwards Troy Murphy, Jeff Foster and Mike Dunleavy due to injuries.

The Knicks will be off until Saturday when they travel to New Jersey to play the Nets. Allen Iverson will be a free agent tomorrow at 6PM and will be available to come off  of waivers. The Knicks have not officially expressed interest or contacted Iverson’s representatives regarding a possible deal.

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