NEW YORK -- Relying on a last-second shot to get a win on the first night of a back-to-back is not necessarily the preference for the Indiana Pacers.
It still beats the alternative and now the Pacers will try to complete the back-to-back sweep Tuesday night when they visit the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden.
Indiana (15-14) is playing its 10th game in the last 15 days. The Pacers have won five of those games and four of their last six overall.
On Monday, Indiana needed Thaddeus Young's short jumper with 0.9 of a second remaining to get a 107-105 victory over the Washington Wizards. Young's dramatic game-winner occurred after the Pacers held an eight-point lead with 4:05 remaining.
"We would have liked to come out and played a lot better, especially knowing we have a back-to-back on the road against a tough New York team," Indiana forward Paul George said. "We would have like to take care of business, freshen our legs, but we got the win."
George scored 27 points Monday and has reached 20 points in eight of his last 10 games while emerging into more of a leadership role.
"It's been different for me," he told NBA.com. "I've been used to having (more established teammates). They always had a level of play they've always been at, so it was easy to feed off them. << Read more...