In a pivotal Game 4 on Mother’s Day, the Indiana Pacers delivered a resounding performance against the New York Knicks, leveling their second-round NBA playoff series with a commanding 121-89 victory at Gainbridge Fieldhouse.

Tyrese Haliburton, undeterred by recent ankle issues and back spasms, led the charge for Indiana, contributing 20 points and connecting on four 3-pointers. His efforts were complemented by T.J. McConnell, who notched a double-double with 15 points and 10 assists, and contributions from Pascal Siakam and Obi Toppin, who each added 14 points. Aaron Nesmith stood out with a game-high 12 rebounds. Overall, the Pacers showcased sharp shooting, hitting 56.8% from the field and 45.2% from beyond the arc.

On the other side, the Knicks struggled to find their rhythm. Jalen Brunson, hampered by a foot injury, scored just 18 points—his lowest of the postseason—before being benched early alongside his fellow starters as the game slipped away. The team’s shooting woes were evident, managing only 33.7% from the field and a dismal 18.9% on three-point attempts. Alec Burks led New York with 20 points, but his effort was not nearly enough to challenge the Pacers’ dominance.

From the outset, Indiana seized control, quickly establishing leads of 19-6 and 22-8, and concluding the first quarter ahead 34-14. By halftime, the Pacers had built an insurmountable 69-41 lead, marking the second-largest halftime deficit the Knicks have ever faced in their postseason history.

The Knicks, visibly drained and likely impacted by the absence of key players like OG Anunoby and a limited Brunson, showed little energy. Coach Tom Thibodeau’s typical strategy of relying heavily on his starters was untenable, leading to significant time on the bench for his main lineup as the game progressed.

As both teams prepare for Game 5 at Madison Square Garden, the Knicks face the challenge of rejuvenating a weary squad, while the Pacers aim to maintain their momentum in a series where home advantage has so far dictated the outcomes. Tipoff is scheduled for Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET, broadcasted on TNT.



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