Pacers Lead the Series, One Win Away From Finals

Published June 1st, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

The Indiana Pacers doused the New York Knick's searing start, rallying from an 18-point deficit to win 88-79 in Game 5, Wednesday at Indianapolis, taking a 3-2 lead in the Eastern Conference finals, moving within one game of reaching the NBA finals. 

Travis Best was part of huge second-quarter surge and scored 15 of his playoff career-high 24 points in the fourth period as the Pacers took a three games to two lead in the Eastern Conference finals. 

The Pacers held the Knicks to a playoff franchise record-low eight points in the second period. Best was one of four Pacers to hit 3-pointers in a 23-3 run over the final 10 minutes of the quarter. 

"Our fans were disappointed with the way we started, but I wasn't disappointed because we were playing hard," Pacers coach Larry Bird told the AP. "I just hoped they wouldn't put their heads between their legs."  

Indiana extended its lead in the third quarter as New York's shooting woes continued. Best made sure the Knicks did not come back with a variety of jumpers, drives and free throws in the final period. 

For the fourth time in their history, the Pacers are within one win of their first trip to the NBA Finals. The last time they were this close, Best also played a key role. 

Game 6 is Friday night at Madison Square Garden - (Several Sources)

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