NEW YORK—On Sunday, May 5, the Indiana Pacers stole home court advantage with a game one victory over the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. The Pacers won 102-95 over the Knicks on the road in the first game of the Conference Semi-Finals.
David West led the Pacers with 20 points. Paul George scored 19 points, George Hill 14 points, Lance Stephenson had 11 points and D.J. Augustin came of the bench with 16 points. The main contributor to the win for the Pacers was the play of Roy Hibbert who scored 14 points, grabbed eight rebounds, handed out four assists and blocked five shots. The Pacers shot 48 percent from the field compared to the Knicks 43 percent for the game.
Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks with 27 points and 11 rebounds on the night. The problem was Carmelo Anthony only made 10 of his 28 attempted shots. Raymond Felton had 18 points on the night and J.R. smith came off the bench with 17 points, but also shot poorly from the field.
The series will continue in New York on Tuesday with game two and than the Knicks head on the road for two games in Indiana. The winner of this series would move to the Eastern Conference Finals against the winner of the Chicago Bulls and Miami Heat series.
By Luis Cuevas