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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

3-Pointer Boosts Knicks To Victory Over Pacers

NEW YORK -- Indiana Pacers guard Reggie Miller said he wanted to face the New York Knicks. Miller, one of the best pure shooting guards in the league, may have gotten a bit more than he bargained for. Miller, the Pacers' leading scorer in the playoffs, was basically a non factor Tuesday night when the Pacers came up losers, 100-89, in the opening game of the Eastern Conference finals. Miller scored 14 points, seven in each half and just three in the fourth quarter. With John Starks covering him like a glove, Miller was unable to get free for shot attempts. His only good look at the basket from the perimeter came in the closing seconds when he hit his only 3-pointer of the game. New York had a 70-63 lead going into the fourth quarter, but the Pacers -- as they have during the entire playoffs -- fought back. By the time Vern Fleming scored on a lay up with 4:10 left the Pacers had come to within 85-83, leaving the sellout New York crowd of 19,763 in stunned silence. But reserve guard Hubert Davis came out of a timeout with the biggest shot of the night, a 3-pointer from the right side, that gave New York an 88-83 lead with 3:51 left. It was enough to allow New York to hold off Indiana, and take a 1-0 lead into Thursday night's second game. The Pacers, making their first appearance in the Eastern Conference finals, were able to come back from a 17-point first-half deficit mainly behind the scoring of center Rik Smits, who tied his 1994 playoff high with 27 points. But the Knicks got a big effort from all-star center Patrick Ewing, who scored 28 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and blocked six shots. Charles Oakley had 20 points and 13 rebounds and Greg Anthony scored 16. Oakley sent a message in the opening seconds -- shortly after Miller had scored the game's first basket -- by delivering a forearm to the chest of the Pacers' top scorer. Oakley drew a technical foul, but his message may have had an effect as Miller, averaging 22 points a game in the playoffs going into Tuesday night, finished with 14. Still, it was Indiana that got off to the fast start, taking an 8-0 lead on a Miller free throw with 10:38 left. The Knicks were able to tie the game at 13 after a jumper by Oakley, but New York was forced to play the last 5:48 of the quarter without Ewing after he picked up his second foul.