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Pacers Rout Knicks 93-82 To Take 3-1 Series Lead

INDIANAPOLIS -- George Hill scored 26 points and Paul George added 18 points and 14 rebounds Tuesday night, leading the Indiana Pacers to a 93-82 victory over the New York Knicks and a 3-1 lead in the second-round series.

Indiana needs one more win to reach the conference finals for the first time since 2004. Game 5 will be Thursday night at Madison Square Garden.

NBA scoring champ Carmelo Anthony fouled out with 24 points. J.R. Smith had 19 on another dreadful night for the Knicks.

The game followed a familiar pattern. New York's shooting was off, Indiana had a huge rebounding edge and the Knicks couldn't challenge in the second half.

New York didn't hang around long, either. Indiana closed the first quarter on a 9-2 run to break a 14-14 tie. New York never got closer than five the rest of the way.

Indiana improved to 5-0 at home in the playoffs and has won each time by double digits. The Pacers and Memphis Grizzlies are the only teams that haven't lost at home during the postseason.

But this was not just another off night for New York, which lost for the fifth time in seven games.

New York shot just 35.6 percent from the field, 28.6 percent on 3-pointers and was outrebounded this time 54-36.

And, at times, the Knicks lost their composure, too.

Tyson Chandler, Kenyon Martin and Amare Stoudemire combined to play 42 minutes in the first half and had a grand total of seven points, nine rebounds and nine fouls --three apiece. Chandler and Stoudemire each drew technicals and Smith was fortunate not to get another after being called for a charge.

Coach Mike Woodson complained multiple times with the officials and backup Quentin Richardson even smacked the press table with his hand after a non-call late in the first quarter.

Indiana, which has won five of its last six, could have cared less in a game it dictated for the final three quarters.

New York tied the score at 14 with 3:38 left in the first quarter, then allowed the Pacers to go ahead 23-16 lead after one.

The Knicks never led in the game, and never tied it again.

Indiana extended the lead to 30-19 early in the second quarter before Anthony tried single-handedly to rally his teammates. He produced the Knicks' next seven points and when Raymond Felton scored on a layup with 4:08 left in the half, New York cut the deficit to 35-30.

But the Pacers thwarted that rally by scoring six straight points and pulled away to take a 48-34 halftime lead.

Even when it looked like the Knicks might challenge in the third and fourth quarters, the Pacers had all the answers.

When New York trimmed the lead to 69-61 in the fourth, Indiana ran off five straight and eventually put it away.


Top Prep Prospect Andrew Wiggins Signs With Kansas

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Top prep basketball prospect Andrew Wiggins told a small gathering of family and friends at his high school gym Tuesday that he will play at Kansas.

Then the Huntington Prep star signed his letter-of-intent and officially became a Jayhawk. No big speech. No bands, live TV coverage or props.

Just the way Wiggins wanted it.

And just like that, Lawrence, Kan., became more of a focal point for the upcoming college basketball season.

"I'm looking forward to getting there and just doing my thing," Wiggins said.

The 6-foot-8 Toronto native chose Kansas over Kentucky, North Carolina and Florida State. Wiggins said there wasn't one particular selling point, taking into account each school's coaching staff, players and program.

"I just followed my heart," he said.

He'll join one of the top recruiting classes in the country.

"I really thought it was one of those long shots, at least when we first got involved," Kansas coach Bill Self said. "The more we hung around, the more we felt he liked us. There was (a) little bit of a connection."

Despite the loss of Ben McLemore to the NBA draft, four of Kansas' five recruits are considered to be in the top 50 nationally, including guards Conner Frankamp and Wayne Selden, forward Brannen Greene and center Joel Embiid.

Wiggins' parents both attended Florida State, and the Seminoles had signed his Huntington Prep teammate and fellow Toronto native, Xavier Rathan-Mayes.


Hawaii refracts on team names; 'Rainbow' back

OSKAR GARCIA,Associated Press

HONOLULU -- Hawaii's athletic department is scrapping a plan to drop the word "Rainbow" from its men's teams' nicknames.

The university announced Tuesday it is changing its football, baseball and other men's team nicknames to the Rainbow Warriors -- a name previously used by the football team but dropped in 2000.

The changes take effect July 1. All Hawaii's women's teams will continue to be known as the Rainbow Wahine. "Wahine" means "woman" in Hawaiian.

The change backtracks from a previous plan announced in February for the men's teams to be known as simply the Warriors -- the current name for the football team.

Athletic director Ben Jay said the change comes in response to public reaction to dropping the term Rainbow from all men's teams.

"We have received both positive and negative feedback," Jay said in a statement. "We listened to the public discussion and we went back to the original two questions we asked ourselves: Who are we and what is representative of the islands?"

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