Pacers Hand Knicks Fifth-Worst Playoff Loss in Franchise History

New York Knicks guard Jalen Brunson during Game 4 vs. the Indiana Pacers
New York Knicks guard Jalen Brunson during Game 4 vs. the Indiana Pacers / Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

The Indiana Pacers evened the series against the New York Knicks on Sunday, delivering a blowout 121–89 victory on their home court in Game 4.

The injury-riddled Knicks were largely outclassed by the Pacers across all four quarters in what was ultimately tied for New York's fifth-worst playoff loss in franchise history. It was their worst postseason defeat in 12 years, dating back to when they were dismantled in by 33 against the Miami Heat back in 2012, a game during which they scored just 67 points.

New York's trio of former Villanova stars—Jalen Brunson, Donte DiVincenzo and Jost Hart—had been hot throughout the postseason but cooled off tremendously in Game 4. They combined for just 27 points—led by Brunson's 18—on 10-for-36 shooting from the field. As a team, New York was just 7-for-37 three-point attempts (18.9%). Meanwhile, Indiana shot 45.2% from deep.

The Knicks' 89 points were their fewest of the postseason, and just the second time they've been held under 100 points.

Game 5 will see the series shift back to Madison Square Garden, where the team will hope the support of the New York crowd can help spur a bounce-back effort, despite the slew of injuries currently plaguing the roster. Game 5 tips off at 8:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday.

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Karl Rasmussen


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