Granger’s 25 powers Pacers past Knicks
Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) – Danny Granger scored a career-high 25
points to lead the Indiana Pacers over the New York Knicks, 112-96.
Granger hit on 8-of-10 from the floor and three of his four three-point
attempts. Stephen Jackson tallied 19 points and five assists, while Al
Harrington had 17 points for the Pacers, who have won the first two games of
their current three-game homestand.
Jermaine O’Neal, playing in his second game since missing three contests with
a hamstring injury, had a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds.
Jamal Crawford had 29 points, five rebounds and four assists for the Knicks,
who were coming off a six-game homestand that saw them go an even 3-3. David
Lee and Nate Robinson each had 12 points in the loss.
Eddy Curry had just 10 points in the loss, snapping his string of consecutive
games with at least 20 points at 11.
Neither team managed to seize control in the first as New York led 24-22 after
the frame behind the strength of 12 points from Crawford.
Indiana, though, outscored the Knicks 42-25 in the second quarter to control
the game for good.
New York netted the first five points of the frame to open a 29-22 edge before
Granger ignited a 10-0 Pacer run with a dunk and a free throw. A three-pointer
by Darrell Armstrong capped the burst and gave Indiana a 32-29 edge with 8:51
left in the second.
Indiana led by that same margin, at 42-39, with about 5 1/2 minutes to go in
the frame and netted 13 of the next 14 points to go up 55-40. Granger scored
five straight during the barrage while Jamaal Tinsley added four points.
Crawford tried to keep the Knicks in the game as he scored New York’s last
seven points of the quarter and his three-pointer with one second left until
the half sent his club into the break down 64-49.
Back-to-back baskets by Jackson put the Pacers up by 20 at 72-52 early in the
third. The Knicks never threatened the rest of the way as a 9-0 run by the
Pacers towards the frame’s conclusion made it an 89-65 game.
New York outscored the Pacers 28-20 in the fourth to account for the final
Tinsley ended with 11 points and nine assists. Armstrong had eight
points…Lee finished with eight boards while Jared Jeffries had seven points
and seven rebounds in the loss…Indiana shot 47.5 percent from the floor. New
York hit on 44.4 percent of its shots…The Knicks have lost 10 of their last
12 at Indiana.