The Knicks had nothing in the tank and the newly-confident Pacers used their momentum to rip out the Knicks’ still-beating heart.

It was absolute total domination for the Pacers in Indiana as they brought the hammer down on the Knicks in a Mother’s Day massacre. The game was never close as their offense exploded out the gate and had the Knicks reeling from beginning to end. They tied up the series 2-2, embarrassing the Knicks in a lopsided laugher, 121-89.

It seems like all the extenuating circumstances that the Knicks have been able to fight off so far have risen to the top and it showed in this game. The Pacers exposed the Knicks’ warts due to their injuries and inability to rest key players because of it. The Knicks looked tired and the Pacers were just a flat-out better team.

The Knicks won the tip and immediately scored as Jalen Brunson found a cutting Isaiah Hartenstein to open up the scoring with a two-handed jam; it would be the only time they would be ahead the rest of the way. The Pacers responded with five quick points to take a lead on a long Tyrese Haliburton three-pointer. With New York unable to find the bottom of the next couple of possessions to keep pace Indiana once again found a wide-open Haliburton who knocked another down three-pointer, growing his team’s lead to six and forcing the Knicks to call a timeout. The break had no effect as the Pacers grew a 10-point lead on bad Brunson turnover with the Knicks starting the shooting 2-12 shooting from the field. The Pacers on the other hand took full control of the game, pushing the lead as high as 23 points in the first quarter with the Knicks all out of sorts. The Pacers dominated the first quarter shooting 61% from the field while holding the Knicks to just 26% taking a 34-14 lead into the second quarter. The Pacers bench scored 17 points in the opening quarter to the Knicks zero.

The offensive struggles continued for the Knicks in the second quarter as they were unable to make a dent in the score gap. The Knicks seem to have no offensive game plan with the ball getting glued to a struggling Jalen Brunson on multiple isolation possessions bearing no fruit. The Pacers couldn’t miss from three-point range with their sharp shooting allowing them to amass a 28-point lead in the closing minutes of the second quarter. It was a nightmare first half for the Knicks. The Pacers took their 28-point lead into halftime with five of their players scoring in double digits. The Knicks shot just 36% in the first half while only connecting on two three-pointers while the Pacers knocked 10 three-pointers shooting 60% overall. Indiana’s bench fanned the flames of their starters set by beating down the Knicks.

The third quarter was more of the same. The Pacers continued to dominate all the facets of the game. The Knicks couldn’t make any dent into Indiana’s 30-plus lead. In the waning minutes of the third quarter, the Knicks began to empty their bench conceding defeat.

The fourth quarter was a garbage time war of attrition for the Knicks bench to not lose by 50.

Jalen Brunson didn’t have it at all, shooting 6-17, 0-5 from three for just 18 points. Donte DiVincenzo and Josh Hart were also M.I.A shooting a combined 4-19 for just 9 points. It was no total no-show for the Knicks as a whole. This blowout may turn out to be a blessing in disguise for the Knicks to get their starters some much-needed rest as they begin preparations for Game 5, which tips off Tuesday at 8 PM.

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