Knicks’ late rally spoiled by costly turnovers in Game 7 downer

Even with a hurt roster and somehow even fewer available players, the Knicks carved out a 23-point hole and came within seven points during the third quarter on Sunday.

They basically won the game through turnovers on three consecutive possessions during the period. In the 130-109 loss to the Pacers in the season-ending Game 7, they included two possessions by Miles McBride and one possession before Jalen Brunson left with a broken left hand.

“That’s the thing. Our margin of error is very narrow,” Tom Thibodeau said. “Defense, rebounds, turnovers…obviously we weren’t good enough on defense. Our rebounding wasn’t as good.

TJ McConnell #9 runs onto the court as New York Knicks guard Myles McBride #2 chases him during the third quarter. Charles Wenzelberg/New York Post

“The turnover rate was low. [with eight for the game], but there was something expensive in the third quarter. There was a small window to crawl back into. Things change when it’s 7 years old and there are two bad possessions. …Sometimes things like that happen. ”

Donte DiVincenzo’s 3-pointer put the Knicks up 77-70 with 6:43 left, but misses by McBride and Brunson and a 5-second foul on McBride’s inbounds pass resulted in Myles Turner’s 3-pointer. A point shot, a Tyrese Haliburton layup and another score from Aaron Nesmith re-extended the lead to 19 points.

“Huge. For a team that runs around with make/fail, turnovers, it gave them a boost, but we couldn’t fight back,” McBride said.