(Sports Network) - The New York Knicks and Indiana Pacers renew their
postseason rivalry Sunday afternoon when the two teams meet in Game 1 of the
Eastern Conference semifinals at Madison Square Garden.
The two teams battled through the early 1990s and the latter part of the
decade. Big men like Patrick Ewing, Charles Oakley and the Davis' from Indiana
highlighted these wars.
But, these squads are different in 2013.
The Pacers are pretty similar with a bruising frontline, but the Knicks are
reliant on the jump shot.
Carmelo Anthony, who led the NBA in scoring during the regular season, and
J.R. Smith, the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year, dominate the Knicks' boxscore.
Raymond Felton has enjoyed a great run in the postseason as well.
The Knicks were tested in the first round against the Boston Celtics. New York
grabbed a 3-0 series lead, but Boston clawed back, including a Game 5 win in
In Game 6, the Knicks nearly blew a 26-point lead in the fourth quarter, but
"They stood up and they made big plays they needed to make to get the win. It
was a total team effort on our part," Knicks coach Mike Woodson said.
The Knicks earned their first series win since 2000. In that postseason, the
Knicks advanced to the Conference Finals before losing to the Pacers in six
The Pacers, who finished second in the NBA in opponents' scoring, knocked off
the Atlanta Hawks in six games. In their Game 6, the Pacers snapped a long
losing streak in Atlanta, which stretched all the way back to 2006.
Indiana showed its defensive prowess in the final two games of the Atlanta
series. They held the Hawks to an average of 82.0 ppg and moved on to the
second round for the fourth time in the last 10 years.
As expected, the Pacers know what got them to this point.
"When we play our defense with the energy and passion that we showed in the
last two games, we can be dominant on the defensive end," said Pacers coach
Frank Vogel. "Not just good, but dominant."
Paul George has led a balanced Pacers attack at 18.7 ppg during the
postseason. David West, Roy Hibbert and George Hill are all scoring in double
figures during the playoffs.
The two teams split their regular-season matchups with the home team winning
each time. The Pacers have dropped six of their last eight in Madison Square
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