June 22, 2024

Sunday’s NBA playoff takeaways: Pacers knock out Knicks as Jalen Brunson fractures hand in Game 7

By Eric Nehm, Fred Katz and Hunter Patterson

The Indiana Pacers acquired off to a blistering begin in Game 7, scoring 70 factors on 76 % capturing in the primary half and by no means let up in path to a 130-109 win over the New York Knicks on Sunday to advance to the Eastern Conference finals.

The Pacers’ area objective proportion was one of the best by any staff in a half in the final 25 postseasons. Indiana’s win additionally brings it again to the convention finals for the primary time since 2014.

Tyrese Haliburton (26), (*7*) (20) and Andrew Nembhard (20) mixed for 66 of the Pacers’ 130.

Knicks star Jalen Brunson suffered a fractured left hand in the second half, ending with 17 factors and 9 rebounds in 29 minutes of motion earlier than exiting to the locker room. New York battled by means of accidents all through the postseason, however Brunson’s harm proved to be insurmountable.

Indiana will head to Boston for the Eastern Conference finals on Tuesday.

Pacers 130, Knicks 109

Series: Indiana wins 4-3

Pacers meet the second in Game 7

All postseason lengthy, opponents have waited for the second to be too massive for the Pacers and each time they’ve confronted one other massive second, Indiana has answered the decision and performed its model of basketball.

On Sunday, the Pacers entered Madison Square Garden and dropped a 39-point first quarter, essentially the most of any staff in the primary quarter of a Game 7. Haliburton did his finest impression of Pacers legend Reggie Miller, pulling down 4 3-pointers in the primary 12 minutes and speaking trash to Knicks followers sitting courtside after every shot.

By the top of the primary half, the Pacers had not solely shot 76.3 % from the sector but in addition 66.6 % from the 3-point line.

When New York rapidly lower Indiana’s result in single digits to open the third quarter, Haliburton was there for the reply.

First, he hit a 3-pointer to push the lead again out to double digits. Then he dished a troublesome go to Myles Turner for a 3-pointer on the appropriate wing and adopted it up with a steal and a lay-up to extend the result in 12 factors. After Haliburton answered the decision, his teammates adopted his lead.

Nembhard knocked down clutch buckets. Aaron Nesmith scored 11 third-quarter factors. And T.J. McConnell introduced his trademark power to the proceedings to assist the Pacers take a 17-point lead heading into the fourth quarter, which the Knicks have been pressured to play with out Brunson.

By the top of that quarter, the Knicks have been too battered to area something resembling their regular-season roster and the Pacers have been working previous them on their solution to a date with Boston. — Eric Nehm, senior NBA author

Knicks fall quick as accidents piled on

The Knicks ended their season with zero gamers from their opening-day lineup on the court docket.

Quentin Grimes was in Detroit. RJ Barrett was in Toronto. His substitute, OG Anunoby was on the bench, nursing a hamstring harm. Mitchell Robinson was recovering from ankle surgical procedure. Julius Randle sat in road garments, as effectively, after present process surgical procedure on his shoulder in the spring.

Brunson was in the locker room, getting remedy on a freshly fractured left hand, which he injured in some unspecified time in the future throughout the second half of their season-ending loss.

The Knicks’ identification all season was steeped in their tryhard, the relentlessness anybody in Madison Square Garden may have acknowledged. The remaining crowd stood on its toes when the regulars checked out of the sport.

Josh Hart obtained chants of his identify and a standing ovation when he fouled out. Alec Burks, Donte DiVincenzo and Isaiah Hartenstein impressed passionate cheers, too, which led into “Let’s go Knicks” hollers. Those in attendance understood actuality.

These weren’t the Knicks who misplaced. They have been what was left of the Knicks. And the Pacers by no means let go. — Fred Katz, Knicks beat author

Tuesday’s recreation

  • Indiana Pacers at Boston Celtics, 8 p.m. ET

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