NBA Game Summary - New York at Indiana
(Monday, April 10th)
Final Score: Indiana 101, New York 82
Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) - Stephen Jackson scored 16 of his team-high 28 points in the second half to lead the Indiana Pacers over the New York Knicks, 101-82, at Conseco Fieldhouse.
Peja Stojakovic added 23 points, scoring 15 over the final 24 minutes, for Indiana, which ended a two-game slide and won for just the second time in nine contests.
"We desperately need the win," said Jackson. "We've been an up and down team all year. I know we cane [stay consistent]. We have made a lot of excuses. Tonight we kept playing hard and stayed aggressive. We still have a lot to improve on the last five games and hopefully have momentum heading into the playoffs."
Austin Croshere recorded 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Pacers, who pulled into a tie for the sixth playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with the idle Milwaukee Bucks.
Jamal Crawford, whose jumper with .5 seconds remaining last Friday gave the Knicks a 98-96 win over the Pacers at Madison Square Garden, ended with 26 points and seven assists for New York. Eddy Curry added 12 points and Steve Francis tallied 11 for the Knicks, who had a three-game winning streak halted.
Indiana broke a close game open late in the third quarter. With New York leading 62-61 after Francis hit 1-of-2 with 4:21 left, the Pacers scored the final 11 points of the frame to take a double-digit lead into the fourth.
Stojakovic had five points during the Pacers' run, which gave the team a 72-62 lead through 36 minutes of play. Indiana also scored the first four points of the fourth to complete a 15-0 run that staked the team to a 76-62 advantage.
Jackson had six points during the 15-0 run.
New York never threatened the rest of the way, falling behind by as many as 25 points, 101-76, after a Croshere trey with 1:19 to play.
"We just ran out of gas," said Crawford. "That is not an excuse. They played with a sense of urgency and desperation trying to make the playoffs."
The two teams played to a 24-24 tie after one quarter and Indiana held a slim 48-46 lead at halftime.
Indiana, which began a three-game homestand, improved to 24-14 at home...The Knicks fell to 1-1 on their current three-game road trip and 7-31 on the road this season...Indiana shot 47.4 percent from the field for the game...The Knicks hit 44.3 percent of their attempts.
04/10 22:28:03 ET