Pacers Links: Pacers emerge from break ready to roll

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The Pacers steamrolled the Knicks, making the visitors look old, slow and ill-prepared for the first game after the All-Star break.

Prior to the Indiana Pacers utter destruction of the New York Knicks on Wednesday night, Frank Vogel mentioned in a radio interview how excited his team was to face the Knicks, a team they are chasing in the Eastern Conference. He mentioned a playoff feel surrounding the game at the Fieldhouse, that was fueling the excitement.

It appears Vogel wasn't just talking as his team displayed every bit of the enthusiasm on court that their coach expressed in that interview. The Pacers played like it was May, while the Knicks were calling, "Mayday, Mayday, Mayday" by halftime, fully unaware they were going to have to come out of the All-Star break and play at a playoff level.

The Knicks were frustrated, then tried to get physical but they simply couldn't keep up with the Pacers last night. Amare Stoudemire picked up a technical. J.R. Smith earned two T's and an early exit. Carmelo Anthony came down with PG disease, needing 21 shots to score 15 points. The Knicks as a team normally shot 29 three-pointers and make 11. Last night, they squeezed off 28 shots from behind the arc but only made five. But as the game was being decided in the first half, the Knicks missed their first seven treys and finished the half one for 15.

Along with guarding the three-ball, the Pacers took a physical approach in defending the rim. The results were lots of fouls for Roy Hibbert and Ian Mahinmi, but also more struggles for the Knicks who only made 19 of their 40 shots around the rim.

That defensive effort set the tone for everything wonderful that happened at the other end, including they array of high-flying finishes throughout the night like the one below from Lance Stephenson. If only you could bottle that type of effort.


Check out the links:

Knicks at Pacers - Box score and highlights

Game Rewind: Pacers 125, Knicks 91 | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS

Pacers send emphatic message to Knicks | Indianapolis Star | indystar.com

Paul George Throws it Down | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS

Stephenson Coast-to-Coast | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS

Pacers return from break with clubbing of Knicks | 1070 The Fan – Opinion & Analysis

Pacers rout Knicks, pull closer to second in East - AP

Knicks pasted by Pacers - NYPOST.com

Shump still in slump - NYPOST.com

In Their First Game After the All-Star Break, the Knicks Are No-Shows - NYTimes.com

Slow, unorganized NY Knicks are blown out by surging Indiana Pacers on eve of NBA's trade deadline - NY Daily News

If It Ain't Broke, Don't Fix It: Pacers Unlikely to Make Trades at Deadline | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS

Pacers 125, Knicks 91: "At least it's over." - Posting and Toasting

Post-Game Grades: "It Is a Bloodletting Here in Indiana" as Pacers Hand Knicks Worst Defeat of the Season | 8 Points, 9 Seconds

Did J.R. Smith Flip-Off An Official? | The Bloody Owl

Pacers: They will upgrade their roster. His name is Danny Granger | Pacers Insider

Jermaine O'Neal likely out in Phoenix, Knicks reportedly interested - SBNation.com

Pacers say they'll welcome back Granger

The new NBA trade deadline monster under the bed: the repeater tax - SBNation.com

CBA could be cause of lack of trading frenzy - USA Today

Sources: Rockets make deals with Suns, Kings; Morris twins reunited in Phoenix - Yahoo! Sports

The half-court heave: Celebrating sports' greatest miracle - SBNation.com

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