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Pacers falter late yet again, losing to Knicks 87-81

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Indiana scored 29 second half points, snatching defeat from the jaws of victory in New York. Paul George scored 22.

NBA: Indiana Pacers at New York Knicks Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

The Indiana Pacers shot 25.5% in the second half, scoring a lowly 29 points, once again suffering a second half defeat to the New York Knicks. The Pacers have led after three quarters in all four games against the Knicks, but ended the season series with just one win.

Carmelo Anthony nearly outscored Indiana in the fourth quarter alone, putting in 15 of his 22 in the final 12 minutes (20 of 22 in the final 14). The Pacers meanwhile had no answer for the improved effort of the Knicks, a troubling trend that began with Ron Baker working over Rodney Stuckey pretty good in the first half.

That hustle ultimately did in the Pacers, with Willy Hernangomez having another big game at the expense of the Pacers, pulling in 13 point, 16 rebound double double. He was one of four double figure scorers for the Knicks, which included Derrick Rose scoring 16.

The Pacers meanwhile had just two double figure scorers; Paul George and Myles Turner. George had 22 points and 10 rebounds, but had a bad night with the ball, committing six turnovers, second on the team behind Jeff Teague, who was an atrocious 4-15 for nine points with seven turnovers.

Teague did lead the Pacers with six assists where the team only had 16 for the night, with five in the second half. Turner played the best game for the Pacers, but at just 8-17 from the floor, was unable to follow-up his six offensive rebounds with points, despite scoring 17, and was limited with foul trouble in the third quarter.

Monta Ellis looked good in the first half with seven of his nine coming then, but aside from Rakeem Christmas showing where good things can happen to the Pacers when they try, there wasn’t much else of note from the rest of the team, who did contribute brilliantly to another really poor collapse on the road.

Indiana remained in sixth despite the loss as Detroit lost to a far better team on the road. The Pacers will try and return home for the second night of a back-to-back against the Charlotte Hornets, another lottery bound team that Indiana has a losing record against.