Pacers have to try to steal Game 2 after falling short in Game 1

The Pacers looked like they were going to steal Game 1. Instead, they have to try to steal Game 2.
Indiana Pacers v New York Knicks - Game One
Indiana Pacers v New York Knicks - Game One / Sarah Stier/GettyImages

The Pacers looked primed to steal Game 1 in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference Semifinals Monday night. They failed to hold their lead in the fourth quarter and squandered another close game, 121-117

What seemed to doom the Pacers in the regular season did catch up to Indiana tonight. Over a dozen games lost by five points or less and multiple fourth quarters being outscored have hurt the sixth seed in the NBA Playoffs.

One minute into the fourth quarter, the Pacers possessed a 92-85 lead. When OG Anunoby scored on a dunk with 3:11 minutes left in the game.

Donte DiVincenzo for the Knicks connected on a 28-footer. Jalen Brunson made three free-throws to close out the Game 1 victory for New York.

After being outscored by nine points in the final period, the Pacers fell short at Madison Square Garden, They play Game 2 less than 48 hours later in the hopes to tie the series.

Tyrese Haliburton needs to be more aggressive offensively for the Pacers

The newly anointed national representative, Haliburton, had only six points on as many shot attempts. That's not acceptable if the Pacers want to win this series. Haliburton needs to be shooting more and looking to score more.

He also produced eight assists but was not as aggressive as he normally is. The starting point guard also is the only Pacers' player with multiple turnovers.

Myles Turner is the only Pacers player to score +20 points. Furthermore, the Knicks only produced three points off the bench.

Obi Toppin and T.J. McConnell combined for thirty points in Game 1. Isaiah Johnson and Ben Sheppard both added eight points during the second unit.

The Pacers had twice as many turnover in this contest with 14, to the Knicks' seven. If they look to win Game 2, Indiana must go back to their roots of winning the scoring and assists battle.


Haliburton shined in the Play-In Tournament. He needs to do so if Indiana hopes to make the Eastern Conference Finals.