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Pacers to NBA semi-finals – crushed Knicks


The Indiana Pacers wreaked havoc with the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden and made it to the semifinals of the NBA playoffs. Here Myles Turner takes the ball to the basket. Photo: Julia Nikhinson, AP / NTB

Of NTB | 20.05.2024 01:09:33

Sport: With a 130-109 victory, the Pacers will face the top-seeded Boston Celtics in the semifinals after giving the Knicks shock treatment from the start in the 7th and decisive quarterfinal game.

The Pacers hit 29 of 38 shots in the first half. That gives a result of 76.3 percent, the highest in a playoff game since the statistics were first kept in 1997. The visitors led 70-55 at the halfway point.

The rest of the way, the Pacers pulled away every time the Knicks tried to get into the game. The Pacers are in the semifinals for the first time in ten years.

– I told the players that if you win the 7th game in Madison Square Garden, then you have made history, said coach Rick Carlisle.

Haliburton led the way for the Pacers with 26 points. For the already injury-hit Knicks, the day got even worse when Jalen Brunson suffered a broken hand.

The first semi-final game against the Celtics will be played in Boston on Tuesday. In the other semifinal, the Dallas Mavericks, who knocked out the top-seeded Oklahoma City Thunder, await the winner of game seven between the Denver Nuggets and the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday Norwegian time.

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