Tip-Off for 5/17/13 (featuring Sugar Ray Leonard): Knicks force a Game 6 with the Pacers; Spurs do away with the up and coming Warriors
(Barton Silverman/New York Times)
Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks to a Game 5 victory and a return trip to Indiana.
The New York Knicks didn’t shoot the lights out last night, neither did the Indiana Pacers — which ultimately was a good thing. The Knicks held the Pacers to 36 percent shooting from the floor and capitalized on 19 Indiana turnovers as they pulled out Game 5 with a 85-75 victory. Game 6 will be Saturday in Indiana.
The Golden State Warriors postseason run came to an end last night in front of their energized home crowd at Oracle Arena. The experienced San Antonio Spurs smelled blood in the water and knew better than to risk a possible seventh game against such a streaky team. The Warriors went cold again — shooting less than 40 percent from the field as the San Antonio Spurs move on to the Western Conference Finals with a 94-82 victory in Game 6.
Knicks 85 – Pacers 75 – The Indiana Pacers were without George Hill was out with a concussion — which was just what the Knicks needed. Carmelo Anthony was assessed a technical foul in the opening minute of the game for his hard foul on the Pacers D.J. Augustin. The Pacers failed to capitalize on taking nearly twice as many free throw attempts as New York 33 to 17. Carmelo Anthony scored a game-high 28 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. J.R. Smith shot 4-11 from the floor, good for 13 points. Paul George led Indiana with 23 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. David West scored 17 points and 10 rebounds.
Game 6 moves to Indiana — where the Pacers are undefeated in the postseason.
Pacers lead 3-2.
Spurs 94 – Warriors 82 – The San Antonio Spurs are making their second consecutive trip to the Western Conference Finals. The Golden State Warriors, despite a frenzied crowd were unable to take advantage. Tim Duncan led the Spurs with 19 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Kawhi Leonard scored 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Manu Ginobili handed out a game-high 11 assists. The Spurs handed out 27 assists on 33 field goals. Steph Curry led all scorers with 22 points, but was -19 for the game. Klay Thompson was 4-12 from the floor for 10 points.
The Spurs open Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals against the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday.
Spurs win series 4-2.
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