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Spurs, Pacers eye place in finals

ON THE BRINK:The Knicks lost for the fifth time in seven games and the Warriors misfired, leaving both the Pacers and Spurs one win short of the conference finals

AP, SAN ANTONIO, texas

However, this was not just another off night for New York, which lost for the fifth time in seven games.

New York shot just 35.6 percent from the field, 28.6 percent on three-pointers and was outrebounded this time 54-36.

At times, the Knicks lost their composure, too.

Tyson Chandler, Kenyon Martin and Amare Stoudemire combined to play 42 minutes in the first half and had a grand total of seven points, nine rebounds and nine fouls — three apiece. Chandler and Stoudemire each drew technicals and Smith was fortunate not to get another after being called for a charge.

Coach Mike Woodson complained multiple times with the officials and backup Quentin Richardson even smacked the press table with his hand after a non-call late in the first quarter.

Indiana, which has won five of its last six, dictated for the final three quarters.

New York tied the score at 14 with 3:38 left in the first quarter, then allowed the Pacers to go ahead 23-16 after one.

The Knicks never led in the game and never tied it again.

Indiana extended the lead to 30-19 early in the second quarter before Anthony tried single-handedly to rally his teammates. He produced the Knicks’ next seven points and when Raymond Felton scored on a layup with 4:08 left in the half, New York cut the deficit to 35-30.

However, the Pacers thwarted that rally by scoring six straight points and pulled away to take a 48-34 halftime lead.

Even when it looked like the Knicks might challenge in the third and fourth quarters, the Pacers had all the answers.

When New York trimmed the lead to 69-61 in the fourth, Indiana ran off five straight and eventually put it away.

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