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IC Cold Links: Pacers Start Strong To Finish Off Knicks

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Amazing what a good start can do for the Pacers, isn't it?

For the first time in what feels like months but was really just a nasty handful of games, the Indiana Pacers starting unit came out ready to play against the New York Knicks last night, setting the tone for the rest of the game. Considering the Pacers were out-rebounded pretty handily by the Knicks, especially on the offensive glass and shot and made fewer free throws than their hosts, the Pacers found other ways to win which is a rare feat indeed.

Since Frank Vogel took over, rebounding and attacking the rim to get to the line has been a winning recipe. Last night instead, they made shots and played defense to gain an advantage. The foul trouble alone was a sign of a better defensive effort, but eventually that physical play wore on the Knicks and they couldn't come up with the big shots every time they made a run.

As an aside, Toney Douglas couldn't throw it in the ocean last night but man, that guy can play some defense. He was a menace all night, putting pressure on Darren Collison and A.J. Price.

But back to the main point of this post, a salute to the starting unit for putting together 81 Granger-free points on the night. Roy Hibbert and Collison didn't have the games of their respective careers, but those are the types of solid contributions they need to deliver consistently which shouldn't bee too much to ask.

Now let's see if they can do it again tomorrow. As you'll see in the links after the jump, Carmelo Anthony is already lobbying the refs for the rematch.