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Pacers shock Knicks with historic Game 7 offensive onslaught, move on to Eastern Conference Finals

In a win-or-go-home Game 7, the 6th place Indiana Pacers shocked the 2nd place New York Knicks on the road, shooting an astonishing 67.1% and winning 130-109, defeating the Eastern – Earned the right to participate in the conference. The final game will be against the 1st place Boston Celtics.

The Pacers entered Game 7 with a 1-5 record in the playoffs, but that didn’t matter from the start of this game. The Pacers knocked down everything they had on offense, finding big gaps and wasting buckets. By the end of the first quarter, they had made 16 of 21 shots, including 7 of 9 from 3-point range, taking a 39-27 lead.

But this was no wonder of a quarter. Indiana shot 76 percent from the field and was strong from the field until the first half when they trailed by 15 points. This was the best playoff record by a shooting half in the past 25 years.

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Pascal Siakam of the Indiana Pacers hits the New York Knicks during the first quarter of Game 7 of the second round of the Eastern Conference playoff series on May 19, 2024 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Dribbling while being guarded by Precious Achiuwa. (Elsa/Getty Images)

That’s the type of performance you want to see from a team on the road in a must-win game to keep the season alive, and Pacers stars Tyrese Haliburton and Pascal Siakam were up to the task.

Haliburton led the Pacers with 26 points on the day, including 6 of 12 from 3-point land. He was walking the walk and, of course, chatting, as he was seen confidently pointing and addressing Knicks players and celebrity fans in the front row of Madison Square Garden.

Siakam was also very efficient, making 8 of 15 from the field, scoring 20 points and grabbing 4 rebounds.

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Meanwhile, the Knicks didn’t have the performance they expected from Jalen Brunson in Game 7, scoring 17 points on 6-of-17 shooting from the field. To make matters worse, he broke his left hand and couldn’t play the entire fourth quarter.

Throughout the postseason, the Knicks were ravaged by injuries. Josh Hart and OG Anunoby are questionable for this game, but both will likely start. Anunoby, who missed Game 2 with a hamstring injury, scored five points on two shots in the first quarter and played just under five minutes. However, he limped visibly and did not play in the remaining games.

Hart played at his usual high level, but struggled on 3-of-9 shooting, including 0-of-4 from three. He also had eight rebounds and five assists.

Jalen Brunson's Praying Hands

Jalen Brunson of the New York Knicks is shown before Game 7 of the second round of the Eastern Conference playoff series at Madison Square Garden on May 19, 2024 in New York City. (Elsa/Getty Images)

The Knicks had great bench scoring from veteran Alec Burks (26 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists), but the Pacers’ depth was once again on full display in the form of point guard TJ McConnell. The Knicks again had no answer to his quick drives and subtle movement in the lane, but he finished with 12 points and seven assists on 6-of-8 field goals. Isaiah Jackson also added nine points for the Pacers.

Aaron Nesmith had 19 points on 8-of-8 shooting from the field, Myles Turner had 17 points on 7-of-11 shooting, and Andrew Nembhard had 20 points on 8-of-10 shooting for the starters. All scored in double digits.

Donte DiVincenzo did his best for the Knicks to try to shorten the Pacers’ lead, but the lead was eventually cut to six points in the third quarter. But it was no use.

DiVincenzo scored a game-high 39 points on 11-of-21 shooting (9-of-15 from 3).

The Pacers caught fire at just the right time in this series, especially after head coach Rick Carlisle said the Game 5 loss to MSG was embarrassing. They responded to the Game 6 gong, and even though another enthusiastic Knicks crowd started this game, they quickly closed the game with an incredible offensive performance. It silenced them and gave them great momentum heading into the conference finals.

Tyrese Haliburton's reaction

Tyrese Haliburton of the Indiana Pacers during the first quarter of Game 7 of the second round of the Eastern Conference playoff series at Madison Square Garden on May 19, 2024 in New York City. (Elsa/Getty Images)

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Indiana hopes to continue its playoff run against the Celtics, who defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers in five games in a second-round series.

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