Knicks Push Pacers to the Brink at MSG

By Tate Hutchinson

After the Pacers took care of business, confidently winning their two games in Indiana, the Knicks needed to regain stability in the now-tied series at MSG on Tuesday. And now down two starters and two key backups due to injury, New York required a formidable effort from its leaders to take the lead back.

With a final score of 121 to 91, the Knicks sure showed out at home. Jalen Brunson returned to form with his historic playoff scoring with a game-leading 44 points, wings Josh Hart and Miles McBride contributed with 18 and 17 points, respectively, and unsung bench heroes emerged in Precious Achiuwa (2 blocks, 2 steals) and Alec Burks (18 points) to give New York the win.

The Knicks will have a chance to close out the series Friday at Indiana’s Gainbridge Fieldhouse, but will be without defensive stopper OG Anunoby until at least a potential Game 7. And Indiana, winners of every game at home this playoffs so far, will hope to continue the pattern to push the Knicks to a Game 7 at MSG.

The winner of the series will face the top-seeded Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals. Boston, fresh off of defeating Donovan Mitchell’s Cavaliers, have only lost two games in the playoffs so far. And with a Knicks team with injuries piling up, New York will need to stick to the recipe that has continued to work so far this postseason: let Jalen Brunson shine.

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