Wednesday , Mar , 08 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Crawford leads Knicks past Pacers

Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) – Jamal Crawford scored all 16 of his
points during the fourth stanza, as the New York Knicks pushed past the
Indiana Pacers, 107-92, at Conseco Fieldhouse.

Crawford’s hot shooting highlighted a strong fourth quarter for the Knicks and
Jalen Rose tallied a game-high 21 points to go along with eight assists in the
victory. Eddy Curry added 15 points while Steve Francis posted 11 points and
Stephon Marbury and Jackie Butler each donated 10 points in New York’s second
consecutive victory. The Knicks snapped a six-game skid with a victory over
Milwaukee on Saturday.

“I just think guys are playing well. They’re starting to execute. Different
guys are stepping up each night,” said Crawford. “Tonight it was Jalen (Rose)
and Eddy (Curry). Another time it could be Q (Quentin Richardson) and myself
or any combination. We’re a deep team. There are going to be a lot of games
like tonight where we have seven in double figures.”

Stephen Jackson and Peja Stojakovic each netted 20 points for Indiana, David
Harrison chipped in with 11 points and seven rebounds and Anthony Johnson
contributed 10 points and six assists. With the Pacers’ second loss in three
games, the club dropped to 12-14 against sub-.500 opponents this season.

Jamaal Tinsely saw his first game action since January 24, scoring six points
in just under nine minutes.

“During this 15-game period, we had competed hard on a consistent basis. And
tonight, we had a let down from that. We just didn’t have it,” Pacers head
coach Rick Carlisle said. “Every time we would make a run, we’d make a
defensive mistake and they’d get a three.”

The fourth quarter proved to be the difference. All year long, head
coach Larry Brown saw his team self-destruct as the game reached crunch time,
but on this night the roles were reversed.

New York started the stanza on a 16-2 burst to put the game out of reach.
Harrison’s tip-in was Indiana’s only field goal during the first 5 1/2 minutes
and Crawford found his stroke. The guard buried consecutive threes to open the
period and made five straight free throws to cap the run and push the Knicks
to a 91-74 lead with 7:07 remaining.

The advantage eventually grew to 106-86 on David Lee’s layup with 1:04 to play
as New York was never seriously threatened after the quarter-opening burst.

After a low-scoring opening 12 minutes concluded with Indiana holding an 18-12
advantage, the Knicks’ offense gradually improved. New York scored 32 points
during the second stanza and Curry’s slam just before the buzzer cut the
deficit to 45-44 at the break.

The Knicks continued their upswing during the third period, seizing the lead
and extending it to 75-72 on a pair of Malik Rose free throws with five ticks
remaining.

Game Notes

The Knicks are still just 2-12 in their last 14 road contests…Indiana fell
to 18-10 at Conseco Fieldhouse…The Pacers have still won 10 of the last 15
meetings between the clubs…The Knicks drained 9-of-13 from beyond the
arc…Rose had 12 points and 10 rebounds in the victory, while Quentin
Richardson added six points and 11 boards…Scot Pollard collected five points
and nine rebounds in defeat.

IND NYK