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Ewing Lifts Knicks Into Seventh Game

With an intensity born of brink-of-elimination desperation, the New York Knicks on Friday fought, clawed and screamed - at each other.

When they redirected those emotions toward the Indiana Pacers, Larry Brown’s team simply had no chance, falling 92-82 as New York evened the best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinal series 3-3.

Riding a magnificent performance from center Patrick Ewing, the Knicks went on a 23-6 run in the third quarter and held off a 20-7 response by the Pacers.

Should the Knicks win the seventh game Sunday at Madison Square Garden - home teams have won 20 consecutive seventh games since 1982 - they would become the fifth team in NBA history to overcome a 3-1 deficit and win a best-of-seven series, unless Houston does it first today at Phoenix.

Sunday’s winner travels to Orlando for the Eastern Conference finals that begin Tuesday.

“This was probably our most intense game all season. We really put it on the line,” said Charles Smith, whose in-your-face antics with team mate Anthony Mason during the second quarter added fire to an already heated situation. “It was very intense. We were just as intense with one another as we were against them.”

Coach Pat Riley indulgently called their animated chat “fussing and feuding” of the kind he has come to expect.

“We were just jawing a little at each other,” Smith said, “and it just came to a head. We kissed and made up.”

Said Mason: “Yeah, it definitely was hot and heavy. Any time a game is that important, emotions are going to be hot and crazy.”

Reggie Miller and the Pacers weren’t hot. He missed his first six shot and the Pacers hit only 35 percent from the floor in the first half.

New York 92, Indiana 82 NEW YORK (92)

Oakley 8-14 1-2 19, Smith 1-2 4-6 6, Ewing 9-13 7-10 25, Harper 2-8 0-2 5, Starks 3-9 4-6 12, Mason 3-4 7-9 13, H.Davis 1-3 0-0 3, Bonner 0-1 2-2 2, Anthony 2-2 2-2 7, H.Williams 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 29-58 27-39 92.

INDIANA (82)

D.Davis 1-3 0-0 2, McKey 4-10 2-2 10, Smits 8-16 5-6 21, Jackson 3-9 3-4 10, Miller 4-13 8-8 18, A.Davis 3-7 1-4 7, Mitchell 2-8 3-4 7, Workman 0-4 4-4 4, Scott 1-4 0-0 3, Kite 0-0 0-0 0.Totals 26-74 26-32 82.

New York 24 18 27 23 - 92 Indiana 21 22 13 26 - 82

3-Point goals-New York 7-14 (Oakley 2-2, Starks 2-5, Anthony 1-1, Harper 1-3, H.Davis 1-3), Indiana 4-18 (Miller 2-6, Scott 1-2, Jackson 1-4, McKey 0-3, Workman 0-3). Fouled out-None. Rebounds-New York 49 (Ewing 15), Indiana 46 (A.Davis 8). Assists-New York 19 (Harper 7), Indiana 15 (McKey 6). Total fouls-New York 28, Indiana 31. Technicals-New York illegal defense, Miller. A-16,679 (16,530).



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