The Indiana Pacers advanced to the Eastern Conference Final after taking over down the stretch to beat the New York Knicks and clinch the series in Game 6.
The Indiana Pacers came up big at winning time in Game 6 against the New York Knicks to pull out an epic win at Bankers Life Fieldhouse that won't soon be forgotten.
In fact, there were enough big highlight plays in this one that folks will be telling "remember when..." stories for years to come.
It will also be known as "The Lance Game" thanks to Lance Stephenson getting the Pacers going early and then stepping up to make plays (and free throws) down the stretch while also throwing the Fieldhouse crowd into a frenzy. Stephenson and George Hill combined to make seven consecutive free throws to put the Pacers in control which turned a series weakness into a strength at just the right time.
Then there was the Roy Hibbert block on Carmelo Anthony. Hill returning from a concussion. David West finding his touch in the second half and Paul George continuing to grind on Carmelo Anthony as the scoring champ faded down the stretch.
A monster team effort that saw all five starters score in double figures compared to the Knicks with Anthony's 39 points. A late third quarter three-point barrage from Iman Shumepert and J.R. Smith gave left them as the only other Knicks in double figures.
So it was fitting that the starting five shared the podium after the game, an overt sign of the team unity that drives this team led by David West.
"This is the most together group I've ever been a part of," West said. "We don't have a bunch of I guys, we have a bunch of We guys."
And now, together, they get to take on the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals and they can't wait!
Check out the links:
Knicks at Pacers - Game 6 box score and highlights
Game Rewind: Pacers 106, Knicks 99, Game 6 | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS
Larry Bird's faith in Lance Stephenson pays off for Pacers in vital moments against Knicks - Yahoo! Sports
Lance Stephenson's career-high 25 points sends Pacers to the Eastern Conference finals | Indianapolis Star | indystar.com
Bob Kravitz: These Pacers a true team with a big heart | Indianapolis Star | indystar.com
Pacers knock out Knicks with 106-99 win in Game 6 - AP
Hibbert Denies Anthony | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS
Young rewards Vogel’s faith | Pacers Blogs
Pacers: This was all about the team | Pacers Insider
Stephenson’s career game lifts Pacers into East Finals - 1070 The Fan
Pacers 106, Knicks 99: It's over. - Posting and Toasting
Knicks’ Path Through Playoffs Is Blocked by Pacers - NYTimes.com
Carmelo Anthony and Knicks have season end to Lance Stephenson and Pacers in Game 6 loss - NY Daily News
After Lance Stephenson steal in fourth quarter, Carmelo Anthony and Knicks can't stop Pacers - NY Daily News
Knicks’ season ends with flat tire in Indy - NYPOST.com
Mike Vaccaro: New York Knicks’ season of promise ends with Game 6 loss at Indiana Pacers - NYPOST.com
J.R. sings ‘stay’ tune on way out - NYPOST.com
My, How Lance Has Grown | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE INDIANA PACERS
Together, Pacers advance | Pacers Blogs
NBA Eastern Conference finals schedule: Pacers vs. Heat | Indianapolis Star | indystar.com
Indiana pulls together at home, downs the Knicks to move onto the Eastern Conference finals | Ball Don't Lie - Yahoo! Sports
NBA Playoffs 2013: Knicks vs, Pacers Game 6: Indiana holds off late rally, wins 106-99 - SBNation.com