INDIANAPOLIS – George Hill scored 26 points and Paul George added 18 points and 14 rebounds Tuesday night, leading the Indiana Pacers to a 93-82 victory over the New York Knicks and a 3-1 lead in the second-round series.
Indiana needs one more win to reach the conference finals for the first time since 2004. Game 5 will be Thursday night at Madison Square Garden.
NBA scoring champ Carmelo Anthony fouled out with 24 points. J.R. Smith had 19 on another dreadful night for the Knicks.
The game followed a familiar pattern. New York’s shooting was off, Indiana had a huge rebounding edge and the Knicks couldn’t challenge in the second half.
New York didn’t hang around long, either. Indiana closed the first quarter on a 9-2 run to break a 14-14 tie. New York never got closer than five the rest of the way.
Indiana improved to 5-0 at home in the playoffs and has won each time by double digits.
New York shot just 35.6 percent from the field, 28.6 percent on 3-pointers and was outrebounded this time 54-36.
The Knicks never led in the game.
KINGS: Sacramento’s future might finally be decided.
The NBA Board of Governors meets today in Dallas to possibly resolve the tug of war over the Kings between a group in Seattle that wants to move them and a group in Sacramento that wants the franchise to stay put.
After months of staying quiet and letting the process play out, the Seattle group trying to purchase the Kings has gone on the offensive following the NBA relocation committee’s decision on April 29 to recommend denying the move. Investor Chris Hansen and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer have raised their purchase offer of the Kings by $75 million and negotiated a backup deal with the Maloof family in an effort to sway owners to vote in their favor.
ALL-ROOKIE TEAM: For the second consecutive year, the Cavaliers have the NBA’s top rookie class.
Guard Dion Waiters was named to the NBA All-Rookie first team and forward/center Tyler Zeller was named to the All-Rookie second team on Tuesday. Last year, Kyrie Irving (first) and Tristan Thompson (second) were also honored in voting by the league’s 30 coaches, who were not allowed to select players on their team.
Waiters was joined on the first team by Portland’s Damian Lillard, the league’s Rookie of the Year, Washington’s Bradley Beal, New Orleans’ Anthony Davis and Golden State’s Harrison Barnes.