For the Knicks, under interim coach Mike Miller, this was a step forward. New York had been blown out by 37+ points their last two games, and that helped cost David Fizdale his job, but here they were with a chance to send the game to overtime late.
For the Pacers, this is just a win.
“You get in those games, you’ve got to make another play and we just didn’t make another play,” Miller said, via the Associated Press. “Loved the effort. That was fun.”
A Jeremy Lamb and-1 had the Pacers up by six, 104-98, with 5:17 left. The Pacers would not score again.
The Pacers are the first team to win a game by a single point after not scoring the final 5 minutes of the game over the last 20 seasons, per @ESPNStatsInfo.
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What kept the Pacers alive was their defense — the Knicks shot 2-of-15 in the final 5:05 of the game, then with everything on the line Myles Turner came up with the game-saving block on Michell Robinson.