Larry Johnson buried all five of his 3-pointers, scoring 25 points, as the New York Knicks again looked far smoother on offense without Patrick Ewing, forging a 2-2 tie in the best-of-seven series with a 91-89 victory over the Indiana Pacers at New York, Monday.
Johnson flashed his "Big L" gesture and spun gleefully in circles after shooting a 3-pointer with 4:25 left.
Just as he burned the Pacers with an improbable four-point play in Game Three of last year's conference finals, Johnson appeared to have the touch when the Knicks needed it most tonight.
"He made them when they needed them," said frustrated Pacers star Reggie Miller.
Indiana rallied from a 57-40 halftime deficit to pull within 77-76 after Miller converted Johnson's turnover into a 3-pointer with 6:51 to play.
Allan Houston scored 17 points and all but sealed the win on a 17-footer jump with less than a minute to play, giving New York an eight-point bulge. But Travis Best hit a free throw and a 3-pointer to make it interesting before Latrell Sprewell's free throw with 4.1 ticks remaining ended Indiana's hopes of a 3-1 series lead. The series continues, at Indianapolis for Game 5, Wednesday - (Several Sources)
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