Knicks Beat Pacers But Lose Gallinari To Knee Injury

Published on: 2nd January, 2011

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Knicks Beat Pacers But Lose Gallinari To Knee Injury

New York Knicks forward Danilo Gallinari (8) grbs his knee as he falls t othe floor at Madison Square Garden in New York, January 2, 2011. Photo by Jeff Zelevansky  | read this item

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From My Friend, Marc Berman of the NY Post

The Knicks survived the Pacers on Sunday but now they may have to survive time without Danilo Gallinari.

With Amar’e Stoudemire’s late surge, the Knicks beat the Pacers Sunday at the Garden, 98-92, but Gallinari sprained his left knee in the fourth quarter, limped off the court with the help of his teammates.

The Knicks (19-14) did not give a timetable but a sprained knee keep him out one to two weeks. Gallinari said it was a Grade-1 sprain – the least severe and had not ruled himself out for Tuesday’s game against the Spurs. He will have an MRI exam on Monday.

The Pacers fell to 14-18 but are in seventh place, trailing the Knicks in the Eastern Conference.

Stoudemire, hearing “MVP chants, got hot late, scoring 9 of his 26 points in the fourth.

“He was struggling to find his legs most of the game, but he turned it on last 2-3 minutes,” Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni said of Stoudemire.

The Knicks got a break when Pacers’ defensive stopper Jeff Foster fouled out in the final minutes after Stoudemire barreled into him. Foster seethed on the bench, saying repeatedly, “They killed me all game.”

With the score tied at 90, Stoudemire scored on two straight drives, then sealed the win with a 20-footer from the right wing with 38 seconds left.

“Jeff was our best chance on Stoudemire by far. We knew after Jeff it would be a challenge guarding Stoudemire,” Pacers coach Jim O’Brien said.

Gallinari’s injury occurred when Brandon Rush drove into Stoudemire and crashed to the court, as the Pacer barreled into Gallinari’s left knee. Gallinari caved to the floor and stayed down as play resumed for a few more seconds. After the whistle, Gallinari received an ovation as he gingerly rose, but was helped off to the locker room by his teammates to get tests. X-Rays were negative.

Other than RonnyTuriaf in November, the Knicks haven’t endured an injury this season to a key member of their rotation. Turiaf also had a sprained knee.

Stoudemire had a clumsy afternoon before his late spark and shot 9 of 24 for the game. Gallinari was having a solid game before he got hurt, scoring 19 points with 5 rebounds.

Turiaf led the block brigade, swatting away six as the Knicks posted 12 for the game – the seventh time this season they have posted double digits in blocks.

Wilson Chandler hit a halfcourt banked shot at the third-quarter buzzer to put the Knicks up two points entering the fourth.

The Knicks had a bad start to the afternoon, falling behind by eight points, 21-13, after six minutes but took control in the fourth quarter. They shot 40 free throws compared to Indiana’s 19.

Danny Granger was on fire, as was point guard Darren Collison, whom the Knicks bypassed in the 2009 draft for Jordan Hill. The Pacers murdered the Knicks on the glass with 15 offensive boards in the first half.

Granger finished the half with 19 points. The Knicks got back into it as Toney Douglas provided a spark and his 3-pointer put the Knicks into a 33-32 lead early in the second quarter. The Garden came alive after Ronny Turiaf blocked Roy Hibbert on his dunk attempt.

The teams entered intermission tied at 55, with Gallinari playing with zeal on both ends. Gallinari scored 13 points, got to the line for 7 free throws, making 5, and hitting 4 of 5 field goals.

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