Originally posted on Pacers Pulse  |  Last updated 1/10/13
I was worried about this game even though the Knicks were without their top scorer, Carmelo Anthony, who was serving a one-game suspension for trying to "talk" to Kevin Garnett after the Knicks lost to the Celtics. The Knicks still had JR Smith, and they still had Amare Stoudemire, Tyson Chandler, Jason Kidd and Steve Novak. On paper, it looked like bad matchups everywhere for Indiana. But the Pacers buckled down once again and showed why they are currently the best defensive team in the league, holding the Knicks to a season low 76 points on 34.8% shooting, including 4-20 from three-point range (and two of those shots came in the final two minutes as the Knicks tried to make a comeback). The Pacers only scored 81 points themselves, but they are the second lowest scoring team in the NBA (just ahead of the lowly Wizards), so it was nothing unusual. Paul George led the way (again) with 24 points and 11 rebounds, plus 5 assists and 6 HUGE steals. The unsung hero tonight was Ian Mahinmi,
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