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The game and the performance left questions when it was over — questions about the Knicks’ chances to move past the Pacers, about the Knicks’ offensive balance and shooting, about the Knicks’ ability to close out a series.
But there was also an answer, a crucial, all-important answer: The Knicks, who had not won a playoff series in 13 years, had won one.
They had closed out a team, even if it took three tries, and they were advancing. It had been far too long for the team and the fan base, but the drought was over, at last.
“It’s a small step, but it’s a giant step,” Tyson Chandler said. “It takes a little of the weight off.”