Dunleavy Leads Pacers Past Knicks in Zeke's Possible Finale

Crawford scores 25 points in first half
By Doug Sweeney,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 16, 2008 9:51 PM CDT
New York Knicks coach Isiah Thomas watches from the bench as he team played the Indiana Pacers in the first half of NBA basketball action in Indianapolis, Wednesday, April 16, 2008.   (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
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(Newser) – Mike Dunleavy tied a career high with 36 points, and the Indiana Pacers beat New York 132-123 on Wednesday night, sending the Knicks to a franchise record-tying 59th loss in what might have been Isiah Thomas' last game as coach. New Knicks president Donnie Walsh hasn't promised Thomas he'll keep his job, and Thomas gave Walsh another reason to fire him.

The Knicks allowed their highest point total of the season. It was Walsh's first game in Indiana since stepping down as Pacers CEO last month, then replacing Thoma as president of the Knicks. Dunleavy scored 36 points for the fifth time this season, and the third against the Knicks. He averaged 31 points this season against New York.