The Beginning of the End in the Loss to New York

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The Pacers lost an intense game against the Knicks last night, largely on the strength of their inability to score in the 4th quarter. Throughout the period, they turned the ball over, took rushed shots outside the paint (see this fourth quarter shot chart), got whistled for technicals, and continually committed what Knicks legend/announcer Clyde Frazier called “asinine fouls now by the Pacers.”

There were other reasons for the loss, of course: the whole second quarter, 15 missed 3-pointers, David West only taking 4 shots despite spending 21 of his 26 minutes matched up against the defensively challenged Amar’e Stoudemire, the fact that Pacers without the last name “Hibbert” shot 24-for-63 (38.1%) in the game.

But it was a shame that weak execution and seeming frustration down the stretch ruined what was otherwise a fun game to watch between two teams that have probably seen as much of each other as they care to this season. As the third quarter was coming to an end, it felt like this one was going to have an excellent finish with a playoff-level atmosphere.

Instead, after starting off the quarter by cutting the Knicks lead to just one, they had the offensive sequence shown in the video above and then continued to squander possession after possession while watching New York’s margin of victory continue to balloon.

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