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Pacers end Knicks' NBA season with defending champion Denver failing

Pacers end Knicks' NBA season with defending champion Denver failing

Pacers end Knicks' NBA season: Conference Finals against Celtics

The Indiana Pacers finished the NBA season with the New York Knicks, led by German professional basketball player Isaiah Hartenstein, and reached the Eastern Conference Finals. The Pacers won Game 7 of the rivalry series on Sunday in New York by a score of 130:109 and returned to the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time in ten years. There they will meet the Celtics in the first game in Boston on Wednesday night.

The Knicks, undermanned, conceded 39 points in the first quarter – according to the American media, there have not been so many points in a seven-game playoff since 1997. In the fourth quarter, the team was without Jalen Brunson, who suffered a fracture in his ankle. His left hand. By then he had scored 17 points and was unable to build on his recent best form.

Hartenstein's long season was also notable. After some outstanding performances, he had perhaps his worst playoff game of the season, remaining pointless and ultimately involved in unnecessary turnovers for his team. In the end, it was clear that the 39 points scored by his teammate Donte DiVincenzo were not enough.

Tyrese Haliburton was particularly impressive for the powerful Pacers with 26 points. The team, coached by Rick Carlisle, Dirk Nowitzki's former coach, was aggressive and scored well in the fourth quarter at an impressive rate of more than 70 percent on all shots. The 67.1 percent at the end was also a playoff record. The Game 7 win was Indiana's first road win in the series against the Knicks, who had already missed a chance for a necessary fourth win on Friday.

The defending champion Nuggets give up a 20-point lead

Even a 20-point lead was not enough for the defending champion Denver Nuggets to qualify for the next round of the NBA playoffs. Last season's champions lost to the Minnesota Timberwolves 90:98 on Sunday (local time) and missed out on a place in the Western Conference Finals. Nikola Jokic's team was still ahead by 58:38 in the third quarter, but then Denver lost control of the game at home and no longer had a real chance to win in the final minutes. The season is now over for the Serbian who was named MVP of the Main Tour, and the Timberwolves will meet the Dallas Mavericks in the Western Conference Finals. The series begins Thursday evening in Germany.

“The commitment was there. Our offense didn't work in the first half. We simplified everything a little bit,” Timberwolves coach Chris Finch said. “We didn't throw the ball well, but even when we were down, our defense was always there. And then in Q3, guests were up 28:9. At halftime the team was still down by 15 points, according to US media, and there has never been a greater comeback than in Game 7 of the NBA playoffs.

Jokic scored 34 points, and Jamal Murray scored 35 points, but the Nuggets seemed helpless at the end of the match and were no longer able to assert themselves in decisive scenes. As for the Timberwolves, young star Anthony Edwards did not have his best night with only 16 points, but he received sufficient support from his teammates. Jaden McDaniels and Karl-Anthony Towns each scored 23 points. The Timberwolves were too good for the defending champions in the fourth quarter, especially on defense. Jokic played 47 of 48 minutes and was noticeably tired.