NBA playoffs: Pacers outlast Knicks, 111–106, for crucial Game 3 win

Tyrese Haliburton scored 35 points for Indiana in a must-win game

Andrew Nembhard's 30-foot 3-pointer with 16.4 seconds left gave the Indiana Pacers the lead Friday for an eventual 111–106 win over the New York Knicks in Game 3 of their second-round NBA playoff series. The improbable shot followed a game-tying 3 from Jalen Brunson, who finished with 26 points while struggling with a right foot injury.

Aaron Nesmith hit two free throws to provide the final score for Indiana. The Pacers pushed the best-of-seven series to a 2–1 margin and have a chance to even the series with a win in Game 4 on Sunday.

Donte DiVincenzo had the best game of his postseason career, scoring 35 points when Brunson was not at his best. He was lethal from 3-point range, going 7-for-11 from behind the arc. The Knicks as a team shot 52 percent from 3, hitting 14-of-27 shots. Miles McBride hit 2-of-5 from long range while Alec Burks went 2-for-4.

Brunson looked limited early on, scoring only two points in the first quarter while shooting 1-for-5. But he adjusted to the Pacers' physical defense on him and scored 11 points in the second quarter. If Indiana thought it could capitalize with Brunson hobbled, DiVincenzo helped keep the Knicks close with 15 first-half points, shooting 3-for-4 on 3-pointers.

Donte DiVincenzo headshot
Donte DiVincenzo
SG - NY - #0
5/10/2024 v. IND

Tyrese Haliburton scored 35 points to lead the Pacers. He twisted his ankle in the fourth quarter, but did not leave the game. Add that to the back spasms he's been dealing with, and his effectiveness for Game 4 is uncertain.

Pascal Siakam added 26 points for Indiana, while Myles Turner added 21 and 10 rebounds with a crucial block on Hart with two minutes remaining. Unlike the first two games of this series, the Pacers' bench provided little production, contributing 14 points.

With OG Anunoby out with a strained left hamstring, Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau had to use reserves like Precious Achiuwa and Jericho Sims more than he typically prefers. Burks provided a major surprise off the bench. The veteran journeyman scored 13 points in the first half, going 2-for-2 from 3. He finished with 14 points.

Josh Hart grabbed 18 rebounds with 10 points (and hit his only 3-point shot) for the Knicks.

Brunson was listed as questionable before Game 3, but there seemed to be little doubt that he would play despite a right foot injury he suffered in Game 2.

Indiana tried to test Brunson right away with Nesmith pressuring him all the way up the court. He wasn't able to power past the bigger Nesmith as he had with Haliburton, Nembhard and T.J. McConnell in the first two games of the series. The strategy seemed to work as Brunson did little in the first quarter.

Yet Brunson's foot was likely also a factor. He was noticeably limping on his right foot after playing five minutes in the first quarter, prompting Thibodeau to give his star a three-minute rest. Whether it was the rest or Brunson warming up, he felt better in the second quarter though did not appear to have the usual lift on his shot.

Game 4 of the series is scheduled for Sunday at Indianapolis. Tipoff is at 3:30 p.m. ET with the telecast on ABC.