Notebook: Pacers 106, Knicks 99
Posted May 19, 2013 12:56 AM
Conrad Brunner for NBA.com
THE FACTS: The least experienced Indiana starter came up the biggest when it mattered most as Lance Stephenson scored a career-high 25 points and added 10 rebounds to spark the Pacers to a series-clinching 106-99 victory over New York Saturday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse and into the Eastern Conference finals for the first time since 2004. Paul George scored 23 and Roy Hibbert 21 with 12 rebounds and five blocks for the Pacers, who earned a rematch of last year’s conference semifinal loss to Miami. New York got 39 points from Carmelo Anthony but saw its season come to an end in Game 6.
QUOTABLE: “It’s believable but it’s unbelievable. He’s got no playoff experience whatsoever but he has some of the best basketball instincts I’ve ever been around … the kid’s got a lot of guts.”
– Indiana coach Frank Vogel on Stephenson
THE STAT: All five Indiana starters led the team in scoring at least once during the series. The Knicks were led in scoring by Anthony in all six games.
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