LeBron James Goes Off In A Fourth Quarter; The Knicks Leave Their Soul In Indiana

By: 04.04.12
Danny Granger

Danny Granger (photo. Stephen Hill)

With under three minutes to go in the fourth quarter, the final frame scoreboard read like this: Indiana 27, New York 6. The Pacers had used a 17-2 run to come dashing back from the dead. Once down by 17 in the third, Indiana went on to punch the Knicks in the jaw, and watched them sink and drop, 112-104. J.R. Smith got ejected, Lou Amundson got freaky wit’ it on the boards and Carmelo Anthony just started shooting every time he touched it. You could just feel the collapse coming. In the fourth quarter, Danny Granger (27 points) got so hot, he wasn’t even bothering to dribble anymore, and after his fifth three-pointer of the game he mocked Steve Novak‘s triple celebration. It’s pretty sad the Discount Double Check is now being ripped away from one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL by an NBA bench player. When was the last time this happened? … After iso-ing the Pacers to death in the third quarter, Anthony’s (39 points, 10 rebounds) post game was flowing in the fourth, and every time he sensed a mismatch, he took advantage. But with 30 seconds left, ‘Melo pulled up for a triple with Leandro Barbosa on him, and the potential tying shot rimmed out … After the Lin era was so much fun, the Knicks were right back to where they were last year last night: an average team that just clears out every time down for Carmelo Anthony. They might be up and down, but at least ‘Melo is happy right? … The Spurs tied the Cavs up and ran them through the streets of Cleveland in a game that was never close, never in question. 125-90 was the final as San Antonio showed off the depth that suddenly has them looking like the deepest team in the league. Besides their big three, Danny Green had 19, Patty Mills had 20 and even Boris Diaw gobbled up six boards and nine assists … You know what’s weird? With Manu Ginobili sporting the new shaved, old man look, he’s looking a lot like Ernie Johnson … Without Dwight Howard or Ryan Anderson, Greg Monroe went to work against Orlando’s weak frontline, putting up 22 points and 11 rebounds in Detroit’s seven-point win. As a team, the Pistons used the Magic as a personal whoopee cushion, dominating in the paint to the tune of a 26-point advantage at the rim. Detroit’s Ben Wallace also surpassed 7,000 defensive rebounds for his career … A record was set in women’s college ball last night. During their 80-61 shellacking of Notre Dame to win the National Championship, Baylor is now the first team to ever finish a season 40-0. Physically, they were literally too big inside. Brittney Griner (26 points, 13 rebounds) was such a beast she had Robert Griffin III dancing awkwardly in the stands, and had Twitter ablaze with “She has more of a post game than Andray Blatche” comments. It’s going to be amazing to watch whenever she does get into the WNBA … We’re out like Greg “Elevator” Anthony.

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