On Thursday night, being down 3-1 in the series against the Pacers, the New York Knicks were facing elimination in front of their home crowd. Well, the Knicks survived Game 5 and live to fight another night, defeating the Pacers, 85-75, now trailing the Pacers 3-2 in a best-of-seven series.
The Knicks put themselves in this predicament with their awful ball play—getting destroyed in the paint and on the boards, and constantly missing their shots. Tonight, though, the Knicks made just enough shots to get the win and extend the series, trying to become just the ninth team to come back from a 3-1 deficit and advance.
The Knicks win wasn’t pretty (shooting only 41 percent from the field), but they still did a good job overall. After changing his starting lineup in Game 4, coach Mike Woodson inserted Pablo Prigioni back into the starting lineup and it was evident that the offense ran more smoothly. The team also improved their 3-point shooting percentage tonight, making 39 percent from beyond the arc. They also didn’t get owned on the boards, getting 40 while the Pacers had 43.
Carmelo Anthony did not have a great shooting night, going 12-of-28 from the field, but he did have a team-high 28 points, and made buckets when the Knicks needed it the most. Raymond Felton added 12 points, while J.R. Smith scored 13 points. Chris Copeland, who hasn’t been playing much, provided a much-needed spark off the bench, hitting some big three’s, finishing the game with 13 points.
The Knicks will now go back to Indiana for Game 6 and try beat the Pacers in front of their home crowd, a place where the Knicks are 0-4.