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Pacers pull within one, they take Game 3 as they come back to beat Knicks 111-106

Pacers pull within one, they take Game 3 as they come back to beat Knicks 111-106

a nail-biting to the end, but the Indiana Pacers emerged victorious against the New York Knicks, as they won Game 3 111-106 at home to win their first game in the second round playoff series Eastern Conference.

The first quarter was for the home team, like that Tyrese Haliburton took over early and often on offense, helping the team to a nine-point lead entering the second quarter.

But little by little, the Knicks started to find their rhythm Donte DiVincenzo and Jalen Brunson took control of the game and put up big numbers to help their team take the lead 58-53 at halftime.

This trend continued in the third, with New York simply dominating the entire field. The defensive plays under the arc and on the perimeter forced the Pacers to attempt difficult shots and that was enough.

The Knicks scored 32 points, 10 more than the Pacers, to stay on top, but things changed in the fourth.

The Pacers came back to life

Myles Turner and Pascal Siakam helped the cause because Haliburton was not alone. The pressure New York felt was suffocating and they just couldn’t finish their plays.

Andrew Nembhard played nearly 31 minutes and had just five points, but three of those came on a triple to take the lead for good at 109-106 with 16.5 seconds left and the Pacers never looked back.

Tyrese Haliburton had 35 points and seven assists with more than 38 minutes played, Pascal Siakam scored 26 points and had seven rebounds, while Myles Turner scored 21 points, all contributing to the Indiana cause.

For the Knicks, Donte DiVincenzo played almost 44 minutes with 35 points and Jalen Brunson scored 26 points in 38:27 minutes on the court.

Now New York has a 2-1 lead in the series and the next game is on Sunday.