After struggling early, the Indiana Pacers managed to seize control of their home finale against the New York Knicks, winning 102-90. The Knicks shot 64% in the first quarter, outscoring Indiana 36-29, but Indiana held New York to 36 points in the second half. The Knicks challenged late, but Ty Lawson finished a nine point, eight assist night to give the Pacers the win.
George Hill was a huge lift for the Pacers, scoring 19 points on an efficient 8-12 shooting. Fourteen of those came in the second half, when Indiana went on a 13-0 run, taking a one point deficit to lead by 11 late in the third. Paul George also had 19 points and six assists, leading Indiana in free throw attempts with a 6-7 night. The bench play in the fourth allowed George to rest the entire final quarter.
The bench was led by Myles Turner, who had 13 points to go along with five rebounds. Solomon Hill had a double figure rebounding night of 11, scoring six. Rodney Stuckey also reached double figures with 10. Ian Mahinmi scored 12 of his 14 in the first quarter, while also drawing in eight rebounds.
The Knicks were scorching hot early, hitting their first eight shots, and preventing the Pacers from picking up a single defensive rebound until the late stages of the first, but came back to earth, finishing with 45% shooting. They did manage to stay competitive with 10 three pointers compared to Indiana's six, but a 14-8 free throw edge for Indiana helped minimize the damage of those threes, as did a staggering 18-4 advantage in fast break points.
Indiana finishes their 2015-16 regular season with a 26-15 home record, moving them to 44-37 on the season. The Pacers will face one more game in the regular season, visiting the Milwaukee Bucks on the second night of a back-to-back. The win pushes the Magic Number to clinch the 7th seed to 1 as they'll await the outcome of Detroit's game against Miami to see if they'll have anything to play for tomorrow night.