An ugly night for the Indiana Pacers wound up with a fortunate win over the New York Knicks as Indiana closes strong to win their fifth straight game. The Pacers scored seven straight in the final three minutes to break an 83-83 tie, closing out the Knicks for the 92-86 win. Indiana shot just 28.6% in the first half, but opened up in the fourth, outscoring the Knicks 32-23.
Rodney Stuckey (17) and George Hill (15) led the Pacers with big buckets late to close the game out, but the shooting of David West (14 points on 6-10 from the floor) and Damjan Rudez (eight points on 3-3 shooting) helped to keep Indiana afloat when absolutely nothing was going for them anywhere on the floor. The win moves Indiana up to seventh place in the East, holding the percentage point edge on Charlotte.