Portland at San Antonio (5:30 p.m. EDT). The Spurs defeated the Trail Blazers 80-76 in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals.



_ Patrick Ewing, Knicks, had 16 points and 10 rebounds in New York's 93-90 victory over Indiana of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals.


New York posted a team-record sixth straight playoff win in beating Indiana 93-90 in the first game of the Eastern Conference finals Sunday. The Knicks, whose biggest winning streak during the regular season was four games, also recorded a team-record fourth straight playoff road win. New York is now 8-2 in the postseason, including 5-1 on the road.


Indiana lost for the first time in eight tries this postseason, falling to New York 93-90 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals Sunday. The Pacers, who had won seven straight playoff games after sweeping Milwaukee and Philadelphia in the first two rounds, had won 11 games in a row dating back to the end of the regular season. The loss also snapped a string of 12 straight home playoff victories for the Pacers at Market Square Arena dating back to last season.


The Knicks' foul shooting down the stretch helped them to a 93-90 victory over Indiana in Sunday's Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals. New York shot 80.6 percent from the line, finishing 25-for-31, including 9-for-10 over the final 93 seconds. Knicks center Patwrick Ewing, who was a perfect 8-for-8 from the foul line, made four straight free throws over the final 51 seconds, including two with 29 seconds left to break an 88-88 deadlock and give New York the lead for good.


``It's satisfying, basically, to win. A lot of people have been doubting us. We just seem to keep fighting to do what we have to to stay alive. We want to do it bad and when you want to do it that bad, you step up the best way you can and try to get it done.'' _ New York center Patrick Ewing after the Knicks' 93-90 win at Indiana in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals on Sunday.