Indiana Pacers beat New York Knicks in Mother’s Day Massacre, news, scores, results, injuries, Jalen Brunson

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Tyrese Haliburton scored 20 points and the Indiana Pacers dismantled the New York Knicks 121-89 on Sunday to even their NBA Eastern Conference semifinal series at two games apiece.

After the first three games of the best-of-seven series entered the final minutes, Haliburton and the Pacers finally got their offensive fire going and pulled off a blowout, with a series of injuries eventually catching up with the Knicks.

And the failing Knicks were utterly roasted for their poor performance. That’s what the NY Post wrote: “Tom Thibodeau’s squad was a disaster in the opening quarter, a lethargic, misfired mess before turning into a Mother’s Day bloodbath managed by the Pacers, 121-89, that tied the East semifinal series at 2-2. “

ABC pundit Stephen A. Smith was asked at halftime what he would do if he were Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau. He replied, “Well, the first thing I would do is get out of the bathroom because I just finished throwing up after watching my team play the way they played in the first half. It was absolutely horrible.”

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The Pacers connected on 56.8% of their shots, drilled 14 three-pointers and dominated in the paint.

TJ McConnell scored 15 points off the bench for Indiana, which had six players score in double figures.

After a dunk by Knicks center Isaiah Hartenstein to open the game, the first quarter was all Pacers, Indiana pushing their lead to as many as 23 points.

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Knicks talisman Jalen Brunson went 0-for-5 in the opening quarter and the Pacers bench outscored the Knicks reserves 17-0 in that period.

Myles Turner celebrates during the big win.Source: AFP

The dominance continued in the second quarter, with Haliburton sending the crowd into a frenzy with a three-pointer on Donte DiVincenzo to give the Pacers a 30 lead with 5.9 seconds left in the first half.

They would lead as much as 43 before it was over, but despite the rapturous ovation from fans at Gainbridge Fieldhouse, Haliburton said the Pacers had to stay focused on the task at hand.

“We did our job,” Haliburton said. “They did their job and won two at home, we did our job and won two at home. Game five has higher stakes.”

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Haliburton came on fire as the Pacers routed the Knicks.Source: AFP

The banged-up Knicks were once again without OG Anunoby, who suffered a hamstring injury in game two and joined key contributors Julius Randle, Mitchell Robinson and Bojan Bogdanovic on the sidelines.

The tension was telling for Brunson, who is playing with a right foot injury. Brunson connected on six of 17 attempts to score 18 points with three rebounds and five assists before checking out with two and a half minutes left in the third quarter.

Coach Tom Thibodeau said, “He says he’s doing well… He’ll keep going.”

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Donte DiVincenzo also provided an unwanted piece of history for the Knicks: his plus-minus of minus 40 in his 32 minutes was a new playoff record for the Knicks.

With the game out of hand and game five looming Tuesday at Madison Square Garden, both coaches pulled their starters for the fourth quarter.

“Now we have to go out there and get a win at the Garden,” Haliburton said. “We expect them to deliver a big blow going into game five, but at the same time we are capable of doing that.”

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New York Knicks head coach Tom Thibodeau has a major headache.Source: Getty Images

NUGGETS LEVEL SERIES AFTER EPIC HALF-TIME PROFESSION

Defending champion Denver Nuggets defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves 115-107 to level their NBA playoff series on Sunday, while the Indiana Pacers tied the game with the New York Knicks.

The Nuggets, fueled by 35 points from NBA Most Valuable Player Nikola Jokic, Aaron Gordon’s 27 points on ruthlessly efficient 11-of-12 shooting and 19 points from Jamal Murray, claimed a second straight victory in Minneapolis to clinch their best-of -seven Western Conference semifinal series with two games apiece.

“Now it’s best of three,” Jokic said, adding that the Timberwolves’ stunning wins in games one and two in Denver had only strengthened the defending champions.

“We took a hit and came back and hopefully now we can defend home court,” Jokic said, looking ahead to game five in Denver on Tuesday.

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Jokic fights for the ball with Rudy Gobert.Source: AFP

The Nuggets withstood a 44-point performance from Anthony Edwards, but the Timberwolves star simply couldn’t get enough scoring support despite an energetic effort from the hosts.

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Karl-Anthony Towns finished with 13 points but went 0-for-7 in the first quarter, as the Nuggets closed the period on a 14-2 run to take a five-point lead.

Edwards’ dunk with less than a minute left in the first half cut the deficit from 16 points to seven.

Jokic then came up with a steal to give Michael Porter Jr. a dunk and Murray grabbed a steal, turned and unleashed a buzzer-beating shot from beyond the half-court line that zipped through and sent the Nuggets into the break with a 64-49 lead.

Murray scored 12 points in the third quarter to keep the Nuggets in check as early foul trouble forced Jokic to the bench.

Jokic returned to score 16 in the fourth and the Nuggets kept the Timberwolves at bay.

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