Isaiah Hartenstein’s incredible buzzer-beater gave Knicks ‘hope’

Isaiah Hartenstein scored his best 3-pointer in the entire regular season with a buzzer-beating shot just before halftime in a 121-117 Game 1 win over the Pacers at the Garden on Monday night. total, and pulled the Knicks within six points.

The 7-foot center played in 75 regular season games, going 1-for-3 from beyond the arc, then hitting a 46-foot half-court shot from the far side of the Knicks logo at the end of the second quarter. Ta. -Round opener.

Isaiah Hartenstein scored 13 points for the Knicks on Monday. Charles Wenzelberg/New York Post

Hartenstein said he has dropped buzzer-beaters in the NBA, but “not from half court. That was the first time.”

After the game, Tom Thibodeau said, “Guys, it’s not surprising, but it’s amazing how successful you can be no matter where you hit it.” “Whether it’s half-court or three-quarter court, I often miss at the back rim.

“But that gave us a little bit of hope because nothing was going right for us. And we had a chance to rebuild in the first half and got off to a pretty good start in the third quarter.”

Hartenstein, who had 13 points and six rebounds in 36 minutes, converted 31.0 percent (27-of-81) from long distance in his six-year NBA career, but was just 2-of-40 in two games. Only nine (.225) were successful. He will spend the season with the Knicks.

But with 3 seconds left in the first half and Tyrese Haliburton’s 3-pointer giving the Knicks a 55-46 lead, Hartenstein took an inbounds feed from Jalen Brunson and hit the postseason from outside the center line. He sank his first triple and gave the Knicks a lifeline. I’m going to take a break.

“Maybe it was just a little thing.” [a boost]” Hartenstein said. “I feel like they gave up a little bit of a goal at the end of the first half. In that game, I think they dropped that and were down by nine points before they shot it, and to turn that into a six-point lead is still a big difference. , maybe a little [of a boost]”