Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) - The Indiana Pacers have dominated the
glass all year long. Now their rebounding prowess has them on the brink of
advancing to the Eastern Conference finals.
George Hill netted 26 points and Paul George added 18 points and 14 rebounds
in the Pacers' 93-82 wire-to-wire win over the New York Knicks in Game 4 of
this Eastern Conference semifinal.
The NBA's top rebounding team during the regular season held a 54-36 edge on
the boards and have outrebounded the Knicks by a 188-142 margin so far in this
Indiana took a 3-1 stranglehold in the set and can wrap up the series Thursday
at Madison Square Garden.
David West also had a double-double with 10 points and 10 boards, Roy Hibbert
grabbed 11 rebounds and again clogged the paint defensively with three more
blocks, while Lance Stephenson chipped in with 13 points for Indiana, which
hasn't lost at home this postseason.
The Memphis Grizzlies are the only other team to not suffer a defeat on their
home floor during the playoffs.
After not making a field goal in the fourth quarter of Game 3, the Knicks'
Carmelo Anthony was held scoreless in the final frame of Game 4 and fouled out
with two minutes left. He concluded with 24 points on 9-of-23 shooting.
NBA Sixth Man of the Year J.R. Smith continued to have a frustrating time
offensively as well for New York. He missed eight of his first nine shots and
finished just 7-of-22 from the floor for 19 points. He's 18-of-64 overall in
New York, which led the NBA in 3-point makes per game (10.9) during the year,
was 28.6 percent (8-of-28) from beyond the arc.
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