Knicks 105, Pacers 79

The SportsXchange

NEW YORK -- Carmelo Anthony awoke from his shooting slumber to score 32 points and lead the New York Knicks to a 105-79 win over the Indiana Pacers in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals Tuesday at Madison Square Garden.

The series is knotted at 1-1 with Game 3 Saturday in Indiana.

Anthony converted 13 of his 26 shots from the floor, muscling his way to the basket or stepping back to drain his jumper. He was also 4-for-4 from the line, grabbed nine rebounds and had three steals.

Anthony, the NBA's leading scorer during the regular season, shot just .35.7 percent in Game 1, a 102-95 Indiana victory. In the final two games of the Boston series in the quarterfinals, he made only 15 of his 47 shots.

Paul George led the Pacers with 20 points. Iman Shumpert added 15 points for the Knicks.

Indiana was outscored 33-13 in the fourth quarter, with Anthony contributing 11 points before he was subbed out with 4:00 left.

New York held a 72-66 advantage after three quarters by continuing to attack the rim. Anthony had one of his finest quarters of the post-season. He scored 11 points, nailing 5 of his 9 shots from the floor.

Anthony's seven straight points offset a Pacer 61-60 lead, their first lead of the game, providing the Knicks with a 67-64 cushion that it never relinquished with 2:09 left in the third.

The Pacers tied the game at 58-58 with 5:22 left in the third on a jump hook from Hibbert, then took their first lead of the night, 61-60, on a 3-pointer from Lance Stephenson one minute later.

Unlike in Game 1 when it was difficult to negotiate Indiana's bigger front line, the Knicks were able to attack and convert in the lane in the first half. The 6-foot-5 Shumpert was particularly effective, accumulating 11 points to help New York build a 47-42 halftime lead.

With Jason Kidd running the point for the first six minutes of the second quarter, the Knicks displayed crisp ball movement that was lacking in their series-opening loss. New York had 10 assists in the first half. In Game 1, the Knicks totaled just 15.

The Pacers pulled to within five points at 39-34, but an 8-0 Knicks run extended New York's lead to 47-34 with 3:47 remaining. Kenyon Martin contributed four points in the burst with two layups.

The Pacers were out of sync in their half-court sets for the majority of the first half, turning the ball over 11 times. George scored 15 points, including six in an 8-0 Pacers run to end the half.

The Knicks came out with a tightened defense, forcing seven first-quarter turnovers and picking up three steals. Felton was a catalyst, scoring nine points to help New York to a 29-20 lead.

NOTES: Heading into Game 2 against the Pacers, Anthony was 35 of 110 from the floor in his last four games. ... In Indiana's Game 1 win, David West logged his fourth game in the playoffs shooting 50 percent or higher. ... Pacers small forward George ranks in the top 20 in the playoffs in points (18.8), rebounds (8.9) and assists (4.9). ... The Knicks expect to have Amar'e Stoudemire, out with a knee injury, back for Game 3 on Saturday.
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