Knicks, Anthony Need More Scoring
The Knicks played as sickly as J.R. Smith looked.
The venue changed to the loud Bankers Life Field House, but it was Game 1 all over again. The Pacers outhustled, outmuscled, outboarded and shut down the Knicks offense as neither Amar’e Stoudemire’s return or J.R. Smith playing through a feverish virus could spark the Knicks.
The Pacers, with 7-foot-2 center Roy Hibbert at his low-post beastly best, captured Game 3 last night, 82-71 , to take a 2-1 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals as the Knicks offense stunk out the state of Indiana.
“It all came down to us not scoring the basketball,’’ Carmelo Anthony said. “We can’t beat anybody scoring 71 points.’’