NEW YORK -- Jarrett Jack
made a jumper with 0.9 seconds left and scored a season-high 29 points, and the Indiana Pacers
snapped a four-game losing streak with a 105-103 victory over the New York Knicks
on Friday night.
Jack, who recently moved into the starting lineup, scored the Pacers' final six points to help them finally pull out a close game. The losses during their skid had come by a total of 12 points, and they nearly blew this one after leading by 11 in the second half.Al Harrington
scored 22 of his 27 points in the second half against his former team, and David Lee
added 26 points and 11 rebounds for the Knicks.The Knicks never led until a flurry of 10 straight points midway through the fourth quarter. Harrington scored the first four, and buckets by Lee and Wilson Chandler
gave New York a 96-93 edge with 3:31 to play. After an Indiana timeout, Nate Robinson
drove past T.J. Ford
for a five-point lead.The Pacers blocked two shots and forced a turnover on the Knicks' next three possessions, scoring six straight to regain the lead at 99-98 on Troy Murphy
's tip.Harrington gave the Knicks one more lead, but Jack knocked down a jumper, then made a layup on Indiana's next trip for a 103-100 advantage. Chandler's three-point play after a strong drive to the hoop tied it, but the Pacers calmly brought the ball down for Jack's go-ahead jumper.Robinson missed a tough 3-point try as time expired.Danny Granger
scored 22 points, and Murphy added 15 points and 18 boards for the Pacers, who had been 0-8 on Fridays. They continued their recent dominance of the Knicks, having swept the series for the first time last season.Robinson finished with 15 points on just 4-of-14 shooting, while Chandler was 5-of-15 and scored 13. The Knicks have lost four straight at Madison Square Garden, where they haven't won since Dec. 7.Roy Hibbert
made all four shots for eight points in the first quarter, helping Indiana build a 27-23 lead. The Pacers had a 53-44 advantage at halftime, with Jack making four of their seven
Harrington scored 11 points in the third quarter, but the Knicks couldn't make much of a run, closing only to 83-77 entering the final period.
Knicks president Donnie Walsh wasn't aware what discussions Stephon Marbury
was having with other teams, a day after ESPN.com reported the banished guard could end up in Boston. However, while the report said Marbury's ability to secure his release from the Knicks was a potential sticking point, Walsh seemed to indicate the delay in getting anything done was caused by Marbury, who has refused to give up much or any of his $20.8 million salary. "If it is (true), then that would seem to be motivation to try and talk," Walsh said of the report. "If you're going to do a buyout, then it takes two to tango." ... Pacers coach Jim O'Brien said Mike Dunleavy, out all season with a right knee injury, could return within a week or so.
Dunleavy must have wished he could play Friday: He had three 36-point games, matching his career high, against the Knicks last season. ... Chris Duhon
received some mail from the White House: Two pictures featuring himself and first lady Laura Bush from when the Knicks guard spoke at the National Book Festival and the Library of Congress in the fall.