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!
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