INDIANAPOLIS — The Knicks talked a good game but did not play one.
After their Game 3 loss at Indiana, New York’s players seemed to understand their problems. They talked about making the extra pass, hitting the boards and playing with a sense of urgency in Game 4.
Not much changed.
The Knicks lost 93-82 on Tuesday night to fall behind 3-1 in the second-round series. If the Knicks have another game like the past two when the series resumes Thursday at Madison Square Garden, they will have an entire offseason to figure out why they fell short of their high expectations.
“There’s not too much to say,” Knicks forward Kenyon Martin said. “It’s no time to talk. We just have to get ready for Thursday and be ready to win a game. That’s the bottom line.”
George Hill scored 26 points and Paul George had 18 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists, leading the Pacers to within one win of their first conference finals appearance since 2004.
“We wanted it,” George said. “For us to come out with that edge, still, after being up 2-1 and being on our floor for Game 4, for us to be up and ready and have an edge to play, it just speaks to how focused we are right now.”
It was a far cry from what Indiana experienced a week ago in New York. Or last year at home against Miami.
Last week, the Knicks rallied from a Game 1 loss, using a 30-2 run to blow out Indiana at Madison Square Garden and even the series.
A year ago, the Pacers held a 2-1 lead over Miami but gave away Game 4 and never won again. Miami went on to win t“I just think that our focus has been better than it was,” Indiana’s David West said. “We might have surprised ourselves going in there and getting Game 1. Naturally, we may have had a little letdown, but we talked about maintaining our home court and our focus in these two games and we were able to accomplish that. Our next goal is to compete hard with an opportunity for a close-out game in a tough environment.”
The Pacers were strong defensively again, had another big rebounding advantage (54-36) and never really let the Knicks challenge them in the second half. They can wrap up the series Thursday night in New York.
Amare Stoudemire was called for four fouls in 11-plus minutes in his second game back since March 7 and had only four points and four rebounds.
NBA scoring champion Carmelo Anthony finished with 24 points before fouling out with two minutes left in the game.
Spurs 109, Warriors 91: In San Antonio, Tony Parker had 25 points and 10 assists, and San Antonio held Golden State’s starting backcourt to 13 points for a victory to take a 3-2 lead in the Western Conference semifinals.
Kawhi Leonard added 17 points, Danny Green scored 16 and Tim Duncan had 14 points and 11 rebounds for San Antonio.
Harrison Barnes scored 25 points, Jarrett Jack added 20 and Carl Landry 16 for Golden State. No other Warriors player had more than nine points.
The Spurs held Mark Jackson’s self-proclaimed “greatest shooting backcourt” in NBA history to 6-for-22 shooting.
Stephen Curry finished with nine points, going 1-for-7 on 3-pointers, and Klay Thompson was held to four while not even attempting a 3-pointer.